I received this ARC from Publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Published by HarperCollins on April 11th 2017
Source: ARC from Publisher
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. 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. 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 a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
Okay. So I was way late to the Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda fangirling and I was totally kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. I was not going to let that happen with The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I am so glad I made it a priority to read this one!
I loved everything about this book. As with Simon, I immediately fell for the main character and voice of the story. And, yet again, all the characters are incredible.
That said, Molly was the standout for me. I mean, obvs… she’s the main character! But aside from that I just really identified with her. What I would give to have read a book with a character like her when I was a teen! I kept tearing up thinking about how important some of the truths Molly learns would have been for me to see. Just knowing I wasn’t alone in the things I was thinking and feeling would have been enough. It makes me immeasurably joyful to know this story is out there and that teens will be reading it.
I implore you to read The Upside of Unrequited (and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!) by Becky Albertalli. You will meet some of the most authentic teen characters out there! These books are why I so love young adult literature.