ARC Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Book cover for The Upside of Unrequited by Becky ALbertalli

I won an ARC in a giveaway from the publisher.

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.


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After reading Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda last year, I have placed Becky Albertalli on my auto-buy list. I can definitely say that The Upside of Unrequited did not disappoint. This is an extremely diverse and relatable book with a main character who is hilarious and inspiring. What I especially enjoyed is the teen-like writing style. If this book is not already on your TBR, I strongly encourage you to add it to your list!

This book is so full of diversity! There are a variety of characters with different religions, sexualities, and races. This makes the story even more relatable, and refreshing to read. What I really enjoyed is how all these diverse characters don’t feel forced. It is so annoying when you pick up a book and you can tell that the author just threw in a diverse character for the sake of it. The characters in this book are all so genuine and I feel like they were portrayed accurately.

I loved Molly so much! She is so relatable and hilarious. I really enjoyed reading about her relationship with her twin, and I 100% understood her feeling left out when her sister gets a girlfriend. One of the things I adored about Molly is her confidence about her body. She is chubby, but she doesn’t spend the entire book hating herself. She sends such a great message that you don’t need to be skinny to love yourself, and this is so important for everyone to understand.

Becky Albertalli’s writing style has got to be among my all-time favourites. The writing in The Upside of Unrequited is like a teen would speak, and you have no idea how much I appreciated that. The reader can really see into the mind of Molly, who actually acts like someone her age. It makes the book so real. Also, some of the characters from Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda make some brief cameos, which had me screaming, so prepare yourselves for that.

The Upside of Unrequited is a diverse book with a main character who seems so real. Becky Albertalli really understands the teenage mind, which is made clear in her relatable and sarcastic writing. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you loved Becky’s first book as much as I did.

27 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

  1. alilovesbooks says:

    Great review. I have to admit when I first started reading this I thought it might be too diverse (if that’s possible). I was worried the author had just flung every type of character in but you’re right in that it totally works and feels very real rather than forced. I ended up actually preferring this to Simon vs *hiding behind the couch*

  2. anovelglimpse says:

    I’ve seen this around, but I think this is the first time I actually read the synopsis. It sounds cute, and your review made me want to read even more. Great job!

  3. Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages says:

    I am so excited for this! My copy is going to arrive soon and I cannot wait for it’s cuteness especially after the awesomeness that was Simon VS! So glad to hear you enjoyed it and thanks for the review! Also the cover of this is soooo super cute!

  4. Kelly says:

    I just finished this book and absolutely LOVED it! The main character’s voice was so inspiring and believable, and I really loved how much diversity was going on in this book. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year! Amazing review!

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