Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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This book took me longer than it should have to finish, with only 336 pages this should have taken me 2 weeks tops! Instead it took me almost 6 weeks but honestly it’s no reflection of the book. I wasn’t in a reading mood for a while which is why I didn’t finish this book at my usual speed & why this review is going up later than I expected it to. *side-eye*

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The main character of, The Upside of Unrequited, is Molly. She is a 17 year old girl who has had 26 secret (not so secret) crushes & finally steps out of her comfort zone & takes a chance on turning crush number 27 into boyfriend number 1. (& it works out for the best, Ayyeee Go Molly!)

I liked this book, I think it was a cute story & I loved how important the other characters in the book are to her story. Molly is a twin, her sister Cassie is the pretty sister, the adventurous sister, the fun sister, in Molly’s mind. (Snap out of it Molly, go look in the mirror & tell yourself YOU’RE FUCKING AMAZING!!) Molly has always been kind of awkward around people, especially boys, she has some self-esteem issues she’s working thru & is somewhat of an introvert because of it, while her twin is far more free-spirited.

The story begins with Molly & Cassie out at a club, watching a live band, Cassie meets a girl (kind of thru Molly) who soon after becomes her girlfriend. This new relationship causes friction between the sisters because Molly begins to feel like she’s losing the connection with her sister, who has always been her best friend. Cassie & her girlfriend, Mina, try to hook-up Molly with Mina’s friend Will, but that doesn’t work out. Will is interested in Mina & Molly is very quickly falling for her co-worker & new friend, Reid. 

My only peeve with this story is how quickly the word love was thrown around by Molly & Reid. I guess this is kind of common in fiction stories though, & not just YA stories, so I won’t hold it against this book too much. But Honestly it would be great if love wasn’t painted as this instant & super recognizable connection that happens the minute 2 people meet. It’s unrealistic, pero bueno *eye-roll*. The book ends with Molly’s moms getting married, Molly & Cassie settling into this new dynamic of their relationship, figuring out how to maintain their close sisterly bond when they’re both now so close to other people & of course exploring their new relationships.

This is a very happy book, while there are some unhappy moments in the story, for the most part, it’s just an all around happy story. This is another book that I think would make for a cute movie.

Although this book doesn’t make it to my top 10 YA books, maybe not even top 15 or 20, I still definitely recommend this quick read. It’s well written & such a happy story that it’s hard not to like. I give it a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars! 

Have you read this book? How would you rate it? 

As always thanks for chatting with me – V ♥

 

Next Month I’ll be reviewing Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (I think I’m really going to like this book, pero vamos a’ver)

 

Check out last months book review here

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