Owlcrate Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

June 26, 2017 Book Reviews, Owlcrate 0

Owlcrate Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky AlbertalliThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Published by Harpter Teen on April 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Owlcrate
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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.
Right?

 

The Upside of Unrequited was in the Owlcrate box for April’s Head over Heels. I normally wait until I’m in the mood to read a book but this one was calling my name. The cover is super cute and the sticker and letter from the author led me to believe that I was going to be head over heels for this story. Got this April 20th, started reading April 27th, finished by Midnight on the 27th!

This story is the epitome of what being a teenager feels like. Horrible and wonderful. It’s about love and relationships with siblings and it had me in stitches and then tears, and then laughter again.

Molly is a teen that has had 26 crushes but has never had a boyfriend. She meets a girl in a bathroom that she just knows her twin sister, Cassie, will be in love with, so when she sees her a bit later she decides to introduce them. This new gal’s friends are super cute and Molly finds herself wondering if she’s going to be going onto her next crush. Dating the best friend of your sister’s girlfriend would be perfect!

Except, nothing is perfect in this book. Just like life. Molly has to face so many obstacles, including her sister and herself, to find out if she has a crush. And what does a crush even feel like really anyway!

So far, I’ve learned that he really likes Cadbury Mini Eggs. When I asked if this was relevant in June, he said Cadbury Mini Eggs are always relevant.

By the end my husband was getting everything ready for bed and trying to talk to me. I had something like 20 pages left. I was very calm about listening to him and letting him get to the end of his sentence. He then realized he was talking to me while I was crying! Crying! I was dying to get to the end of the book and it was so good that I had to get tissues. Needless to say, he let me finish so we could go to bed, although I spent the next 30 minutes or so crushing on how great it was.

The characters are fabulous. Molly is basically every overweight girl in her teenage years. She may be every girl in her teen years. Wondering about life and self-conscious about whether or not she should or should not say something and then when you actually DO want to say something your brain freezes on you. The plot was good but without these fantastic characters, the plot would just be your run of the mill story. WITH these characters though, this is to die for.

Me: Hey, brain. Let’s think of something cool to say.

Brain: UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Me: Okay, it doesn’t have to be cool. Just something semi-coherent…

Brain: UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Me: COME ON, BRAIN, GIVE ME SOMETHING

Brain: *white noise*

There were so many of these adorable, and quite honest, little moments that I found myself snorting at poor Molly’s expense. I love that girl.

If it isn’t obvious, I loved every word of this. I instantly purchased Becky Albertalli’s other book. If it’s as good as this, I may have found a new favorite author!

Rating Report
Plot
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5

 

 

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