Review~The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Goodreads Synopsis

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?

While I do enjoy Becky Albertalli’s cute and fun writing style, I didn’t find this book as enjoyable as Simon Vs the Homosapian Agenda. It is still a really cute and easy read but I find it little too predictable, as Simon has a certain suspense about the romantic situation that makes me want to keep reading.

I do find the whole aspect of the book is a bit bland for my liking, I do relate to the main character Molly on having no clue on how to deal with so many crushes and having no confidence to talk to one of them, especially when you have low confidence on your outward appearance, and I do love Reid’s character just as much. I love his quirkiness, awkwardness and I have a soft spot for any characters that makes nerdy references.

However, the character I think I didn’t like in particular is Cassie, Molly’s twin sister. There was nothing bad about her, she was just a little too loud for my liking. I understand what she is trying to do to help Molly by getting her out of her comfort zone and being a bit more confident, but I don’t understand her character at all. One minute she is there for her sister and then she is not? And then blames Molly for everything? I don’t get her logic which cause me to dislike her.

Overall, I find it a cozy read, something that just makes snuggle under a cozy blanket with so you can be all warm and fuzzy. Exact same feeling I got when I read Simon Vs the homosapians Agenda, so if you want a book that makes you warm, happy and content inside, I highly recommend Becky Albertalli books. Unfortuantely it would have been five if it wasn’t too predictable. So I am going to give it:

4/5 stars. 


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