Author: Becky Albertalli
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Genres: YA Contemporary
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.
Summary: 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.
THIS BOOK IS SO DAMN CUTE OMG. if the upside of unrequited isn’t on your tbr yet then what are you doing?!?!?! i just want to say that i haven’t read simon vs yet, and i really need to. the upside of unrequited is the first book i’ve read by albertalli and it definitely won’t be the last.
the upside of unrequited had a very nice pace to it. i was never once bored. the writing style is absolutely beautiful. the dialogue was so realistic too. so many contemporary books that i’ve read have really unnatural or just extremely cringey dialogue, which certainly wasn’t the case with the upside of unrequited.
the characters were also phenomenal. they were so relatable, not to mention diverse (both as poc and lgbt+), and a fat protagonist?!?! it’s so great to see more realistic books with accurate portrayals of marginalised groups.
this book is definitely one of the best books that i’ve read all year.