Title: The Upside of Urequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: YA contemporary
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 enters 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 an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?
THIS LIVED UP TO THE HYPE.
I’ve been seeing reviews and squeals on this book around for a while now and I simply wasn’t in the mood for YA, sadly. But now I read it and I LOVED IT.
We’ve got Molly Peskin-Suso who has had twenty six crushes. And they remain crushes because she never did anything about them. She’s never been kissed or rejected, and is the embodiment of unrequited like (not love, they weren’t that deep).
Molly’s fraternal twin Cassie falls in love for the first time and Molly suddenly feels replaced. Cassie starts acting weird suddenly and all our protagonist wants is her twin back. So much so that she goes along with Cassie’s setups just so they can hang out together like they used to.
It’s a typical teenage love story, but it’s also so much more. There’s focus on familial relationships, acceptance, self-love and more.
Now let my try to talk about everything I can without spoiling you:
- Molly isn’t “thin” and she has issues over this, especially with the comments she receives. All of it was handled really well. It wasn’t the main issue, but it also wasn’t so far behind. It’s appropriately shown how she struggles with her body and how she really tries to not think about it.
- The shift in relationship importance was shown SO DARN WELL. As soon as Cassie really starts falling in love with Mina, we see a change in the relationship between her and Molly. Throughout the book we see how they slowly slowly drifted apart a little, and how much it sucks. But it’s also dealt with acceptance and moving forward and I love that.
- What I REALLY DIDN’T LIKE was how Molly found out about Cassie dating Mina from FACEBOOK. That. HURT. And I’m not even Cassie’s twin. But it’s also part of the world now, where social media is where things happen and is the source for all information. But I cannot get over it, and I’m really surprised Molly did. But it also shows Molly’s character and her relationship dynamic with Cassie.
- Basically, every single thing in the book showed something. All of it contributed to the bigger picture and I love how it’s written and brought together, with small focus on everything but not complete focus. Other than Molly’s troublesome romantic feelings.
- Molly has never actually had a chance with one guy, let alone two, and it was so adorable to watch her navigating the rivers of feelings being reciprocated. No longer was she simply a spectator. She represented all the teenagers falling in like with others and I relate so much. She overthought actions and got butterflies in her stomach and IT WAS CUUTE.
- Molly’s parents are lesbians, one of whom is a woman of colour, and I APPLAUD for the way the author dealt with the society’s views and everything. I LOVE the diversity representation in this book. My heart WARMED every time I read a scene of the family. Right in the beginning we were given a description of the family and I immediately knew I’ll love them.
- I can’t talk much about this but THE ROMANCE WAS SO DARN CUTE. I was reading this during break in class and I just squealed out loud. It gave me all the feels and I want to read those parts again.
- Also, the book ended PERFECTLY. Everything was brought together in the end in this wonderful event that showed love love and only love and it was perfect. I clutched my heart and tried to keep the happy tears to a minimum. It was so nice.
- I also related to Molly very much on being a teenager. I have to insert these following quotes because.. I just have to.*
Maybe my company is even better than making out—which is pretty much my goal as a human being, honestly.
It was basically a bunch of adults drinking craft beer and asking me where I’m applying to college.
^Every gathering ever when I was in high school. Minus the beer.
*nice going, me. Don’t even know how to say your own thoughts.
I LOVED IT AND YOU SHOULD GO READ IT AS WELL. If you haven’t already. I highly suggest it.
Have you read the book? What did you think of it? Or is it on your TBR? Which is your favourite book with diversity in it? Which book do you think does best to represent diversity in the society?