Book review: The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited tells a tale that the readers of YA have read several times. It definitely talks about first love and teenage angst. But what makes this novel by Becky Albertalli such a hit both among young and new adults? Read my review to know more.

Book Name: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult Romance
Characters: Molly and Cassie Peskin-Suso, Reid, Will, Mina
Setting: Washington DC, The USA

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso has never had a kiss and has about 26 crushes that she has never made the move upon. She is shy, awkward and conscious about her body. She has a fraternal twin Cassie who is confident and her best friend.

Things change when Cassie falls in love for the first time with Mina, Molly is forced to get out of her aloofness and make new friends. Mina’s best friend Will takes a liking to her and he is about to become Molly’s 27th love interest when she meets Reid, her nerdy co-worker.

With Cassie moving further apart from her, Molly is forced to handle having the attention of two guys alone. To top it, her parents are finally tying their knots with the legalization of gay marriages in the USA and she has more on her plates than ever. Will Molly and her awkward self, be able to pull this off? Will Will become her 27th unrequited love (did you see what I did there?) or is it someone else? You will have to read the book to know more.

The Upside of UnrequitedThe Upside of Unrequited deals with several themes that are relevant in today’s world – peer pressure, body image, teenage love, and rejection. One thing that The Upside of Unrequited has been continually praised for is the diverse representation of minorities, interracial and LGBTQ couples and families. The characters are diverse, of course, well thought out but were too perfect that they are kinda unrelatable, except maybe for Molly.

Molly’s flawed, funny, socially inept characterization would be relatable to everyone who has had that phase. I like how family and sisterhood was important to her. I would have loved Molly except that for the fact she had one goal in her life – finding and kissing her boyfriend. And all of a sudden she gains her self-worth when she finds herself a guy. Erm.. definitely something we don’t want books to reinforce of the kids today.

I definitely loved the writing. The style of the author is definitely quirky and cheerful that kept me hooked until the end. Despite the predictability in the plot, as one might find in most of YA romances, Becky Albertalli’s writing wins the book for me, I could not put the book down even for a minute before I could finish it.

30 COMMENTS

  1. I really hoped she wouldn’t go down the route where she presents a fat character that only seems to have one purpose in her life – to get a boyfriend. I just hate that trope because really, fat people have other things going for themselves. But I might try it out, at some point, because I really loved Simon Vs.
    Lovely review!

  2. I read it and find it really releteable. It thouces a lot of things that I lived and I live now too. Honestly I didn’t see Molly getting with a boy and gaining self-worth as one. I think she’s still on her path and that was the whole story, with the happy end, that helped her. But she still has to do a lot. Her whole story really told many of my past thoughts when I was a teen.

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