The Upside of Unrequited / Becky Albertalli / Penguin Books / 2017 / ISBN 9780141356112 / 336 Pages / Young Adult
Book Blurb –
Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly is always careful. Better to be careful than to be hurt.
But when Cassie gets a new girlfriend who comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick, everything changes. Will is funny, flirtatious and basically the perfect first boyfriend.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s co-worker, Reid, the awkward Tolkien superfan she could never fall for…right?
My Thoughts –
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is the first book of Albertalli that I have read and now that I have, I just want to read everything she ever has and does. This book is a combination of everything in a young adult you want, all in the one solid story that it is.
The story is about Molly, your regular teenage girl, going through all the ups and downs of life, along with her lesbian sister, who happens to be her twin, along with their lesbian mothers and cute as hell younger brother. The way that the family is made up is one hundred percent 21st century and a great aspect of the book. It takes it out of the normally seen mother and father, or absent parents usually seen in most young adult books, and brings in this new and normal situation of lesbians and their families into our world where even though this is happening, isn’t often enough seen in literature. So, Molly, her fantastic family and her self-awareness go through many new changes throughout this book, which is basically a journey of all of them struggling and accepting change and growing up.
Molly is unlucky in love unlike her twin sister. So, when Molly’s sister Cassie finds herself a new girlfriend, not only does Molly feel left out of her sisters changing world, but out of the entire world, thinking she is the only person at the age of seventeen to never have a boyfriend or be kissed. But then Molly gets a summer job, helps her mother’s plan their perfect small intimate wedding and starts hanging out with Cassies’ girlfriend’s friends and makes new friend, Molly finds herself in a situation which she never thought she would ever been in and doesn’t know how to handle it.
“-a sun-dappled, floating kind of tired. It is the most hazily lit movie dream of my entire dreaming career. I want to put this on pause. I want to stretch out this moment. I want to just exist inside of it” page 291
The book isn’t just about Molly trying to fall in love though, it’s about her friendship with her sister and parents. It’s about her accepting who she is and working out that just because something hasn’t happened to her yet, that with patience it will. I love the whole premise of this book and what it is trying to say. I love the reference and how modern it really is. You can stick yourself or a friend or others into the book and it would carry on nicely. It is very relatable for probably a lot of girls and I think that that is the best thing about the book. If you see yourself in a character you’re going to want to go through the whole journey with them and this book did that for me.
The writing is exceptional. The flow of the story is nice and quick and doesn’t take forever for things to happen. I love the aspect of Molly being a nervous crafty girl rather than every other girl seen in recent young adult books. It really is different to other recent books out. The twists and turns made me happy and guessing throughout the book as I couldn’t work out what was happening before it did happen.
It is a terrific book and should be read by people who think they aren’t really part of our world.
If you are looking for a realistic and down to earth young adult book with real characters and epic love stories, then this is the book for you.
**I was given a copy of this book from Penguin Book in exchange for an open and honest opinion. All opinions expressed in the review above are mine and mine only**
I give this book 3.9 out of 5 Booky Stars!
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