Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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The author of the acclaimed novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda Becky Albertalli has her new novel up for her admirers. Its titled The Upside of Unrequited. So does this novel creates another round of applause for Becky Albertalli? Let’s dig in.

The Upside of Unrequited is a story of Molly Peskin-Suso, a seventeen-year-old girl who is well aware of the unrequited love and learns to go with it for complete twenty-six times. She has crushes, but she tries to keep it secret. Why? Well, she is a girl with a pretty face but a chubby body, Thus she has self-image issues. She believes from the core of her heart that she will always be rejected.

Molly’s twin sister Cassie is entirely opposite world. She has blond hair, blue eyes and most importantly she is slender. Being a lesbian she is always lying in the fun-filled company of girls. She keeps insisting Molly to woman-up but ends in futility.

Cassie’s new hot girlfriend makes cassie involve more with her which eventually results in weakening the bond between her and Molly. Molly experiences the moment of loneliness for a while. But soon tables turn and Cassie’s new girlfriend brings into the picture a hipster boy cum sidekick. This new boy soon becomes Molly twenty-seventh crush. If Molly attempts well to get this hipster boy fall for her, she will be above the clouds as she had a long-cherished dream of getting kissed. So should Molly really go ahead for this flamboyant, flirtatious hipster?

Wait we have another boy in the story, his name is Reid. The co-worker of Molly. Reid is little awkward but promptly shares one trait with Molly, he is chubby too. So there is no way Molly would prefer Reid over that hipster boy, isn’t she?

Final word!

For the admirers of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, please don’t keep the same level of expectations with this. This is Becky Albertalli’s fun-filled read that shouldn’t be compared with her classic novel. Keeping the same level of expectations from The Upside of Unrequited will definitely give you disappointment but there are good reasons why you should pick this book. One is language, it creates fun, and is engrossing yet it definitely evokes emotions at some points nicely. So overall, grab this new novel of Becky Albertalli just in case you need of some fun, light-read.

Book Details

Book titleThe Upside of Unrequited
Author(s)Becky Albertalli
GenreContemporary Fiction
Publisher(s)Penguin
Published in/on11 April 2017
No. of pages368
ISBN-10006234871X
ISBN-13978-0062348715

 

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