Book review: The Upside of Unrequited

Dec 18, 201730 comments

Disclaimer: Elgee Writes is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission, at no extra cost to you.

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.

Related:  Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert - A book review

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.

Hello there!

Gayathri loves reading, recommending books and talking about bookish things in real life. Her blog is just an extension of that habit. When she is not reading books or creating online content, she freelances as a beta reader. She lives currently in Dubai.Head over to meet me

Categories

Like what I do?

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Grab the button

Grab button for Comment 4 Comment Challenge 2021
<div class="Comment-4-Comment-Challenge-2021-button" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://elgeewrites.com/" rel="nofollow"> <img src="https://elgeewrites.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/C4CC21.png" alt="Comment 4 Comment Challenge 2021" width="250" height="250" /> </a> </div>
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
30 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Fay @ Bibliophile Soprano
Guest
3 years ago

This is the first Becky Albertalli book I’ve read and I loved it.

Zoe @ Stories on Stage
Zoe @ Stories on Stage
Guest
3 years ago

I completely agree! This is such a relatable and amazing book and I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

Olivia-Savannah
Guest
3 years ago

I’ve heard a lot of great things about her books – especially the one that is going to be a movie soon as well. But I do have this one on my kindle and just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it so much and that you could get addicted to reading it!

Marta @thecursedbooks
Guest
3 years ago

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!

shanayatales
Guest
3 years ago

I keep hearing so many great things about this book, and the author, but haven’t yet gotten to any of her books. I might pick up Simon first, but adding this to my TBR as well.

Camilla @The reader in the attic
Guest
3 years ago

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.

Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks
Guest
3 years ago

Haven’t read this one, not big on teenage romance 🙂 but everyone seems to have loved it. Good review!

Marjie Mare
Guest
3 years ago

You always have the best books. I have to add that one in my must-read books.

Rose
Guest
3 years ago

I have this book in my pile to read right now.

Megan @ Ginger Mom
Megan @ Ginger Mom
Guest
3 years ago

You have a great review here. Not sure I am interested enough in the characters to pick it up but I really enjoyed your thoughts on it 🙂

Caroline
Guest
3 years ago

Unrequited love. Ahhh….. the teenage years. This sounds like a good one. 🙂

Anky Singh
Anky Singh
Guest
3 years ago

It has been on my tbr for some time now! Gotta read it asap!

Katie @ Book Ink Reviews
Guest
3 years ago

As long as it keeps me entertained, I don’t mind if I can predict the plot. This one sounds good!

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
Guest
3 years ago

I loved this story so much! It’s one of my favorites of 2017. I had so many crushes I never acted on when I was Molly’s age. And that’s just one of the reasons why I related to her so much.
I can’t wait to read more of Albertalli’s books. Great review!

Mandi Schneck
Mandi Schneck
Guest
3 years ago

I’m listening to this on audiobook right now and loving it!

empressdj
empressdj
Guest
3 years ago

This sounds like a delightful read

Lara @ Words With Lara
Guest
3 years ago

I loved Simon Vs, but I still haven’t got around to reading this one. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much!! I really need to pick this book up. Great review 🙂

lilkadykitty
Guest
3 years ago

Great review!

Jenn @ Bound to Writing
Guest
3 years ago

I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this book. I’ve had it on my TBR list for awhile now, but thinking I need to actually buy it so I can read it sooner. Great review!

ioana @dragonwaffles
ioana @dragonwaffles
Guest
3 years ago

I really liked this book because it’s so cute and fluffy and diverse! The writing is also great and it’s so funny mate. But I agree that it had some issues. Great review ❤!

30
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
%d bloggers like this: