The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

tumblr_n6hno2qIxr1sfxmouo1_500The Upside of Unrequited

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My Ratings: 2.5/5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary Romance

 336 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

About this Book:

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?

My Review:

I am going to be taking a break from contemporary genre because these books just aren’t doing it for me anymore. Maybe it really is the author’s fault for giving such an incredible first book that I had high expectations for the next book and no matter how entertaining it was, I just couldn’t enjoy it to the point like I enjoyed Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda.
Molly with her unachievable crushes (because she never even tried talking to them) and self- loathing ( she thinks she is fat and is self-conscious even though people keep telling her she is beautiful).
I understand how terrible body shaming can be and how people always become too aware of themselves and their bodies whenever a possible aspect of romantic entanglement is involved but this got up to a point where it became annoying.
I just didn’t think of Molly’s issues as important or even worth bothering about. Even with so many cute, funny and heart-meltingly beautiful moments, I just didn’t find this book to be a good one.
There were too many eye rolls, grunts of frustration and ‘seriously?’ moments on my side. And it isn’t a memorable book either. The writing is quirky and fits the story, but nothing I would specifically point out.


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