Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli ★★★★



Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love — she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enter Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness – except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s and awkward Tolkien fan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?


My thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. I don’t usually go for contemporary YA for my book choice because I find that I empathize less with characters and the stories more often than not. So imagine my surprise when I started this book and I couldn’t stop reading? It was hilarious, it made me laugh out loud a bunch of times in the subway actually (no shame!). It is updated and modern and the character diversity is pretty good (main characters both have two moms for parents, a straight, lesbian, bisexual and pan sexual character(s)) and it also managed to capture the mindset and insecurities that I’d say you went through before you had your first kiss and relationship.

Although the relationship dynamics are different in the story, I guess it would be safe to say that all the feelings, the love-sickness, the butterflies in the stomach, the late night texting and the doubts and fears translate really well with different people, all over the world and that’s what makes this book great in my opinion.

Now I will say that this review might just be a bit too biased to a good star rating because it resonated with me more than I expected it to but I will say it’s still a good book to check out if not for the interesting and refreshing story of love between people of the same gender and about being “fat” and feeling all kinds of out of place.

This will be a reread for me sometime in the future and hopefully I’ll have the same feelings the second time around. What do you guys think? Was this a good read? Would you try it for yourself?



5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli ★★★★

  1. writtenbycharlotte says:

    Thanks for this review! I’m really torn on wether I want to get this book or not, contemporary YA isn’t usually my thing either and I’ve only found a handful that I would say were amazing! And I’m so bad at reading books I’m not enjoying… I have about four that I just stopped because I was bored!…

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    • tornpagesandroses says:

      If you have access to it from a public library or even in overdrive definitely check it out first there. I also try to find it in used bookstores if you have access. I just don’t want you buying it full price and then not liking it 😊


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