The Upside of the Unrequited

The Upside of UnrequitedSeventeen-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.


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This book was so highly recommended by everyone who read it that as soon as it came out, I bought the Kindle version. I don’t regret it, but it definitely didn’t live up to the hype for me. I think I would have liked it a lot better if I hadn’t been expecting to be completely blown away by it. I enjoyed it, it’s just wasn’t the best book I’ve read this year.

I loved the characters. I loved how three dimensional they were, how they all had their own fears and goals and things to think about and we were aware of them. The relationships, not just the romantic ones, but the platonic and family ones were done so well. I adored the main family unit of Molly, Cassie, their mums and their brother. You really got how close they were without having to be told outright. I love how Cassie and Molly fight but they’re still sisters and if anyone else tries to hurt the other, they wouldn’t hesitate to get in between them. I loved how diverse the characters were and the diversity just existed, it wasn’t shoehorned in. I found Molly very relatable and I think Albertalli

The plot I think was where it was let down a little. I found it a little predictable? I mean, I loved the subplots of Molly’s relationship with her friends and her sister but I knew who the love interest was going to be and there was no major twist near the end. I didn’t find the plot boring or anything and, again, I think I would have really liked it if the book hadn’t been hyped so much.

Four and a half stars but I’ll bump it up to five because the hype hadn’t nothing to do with the story. Definitely recommend it!


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