Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: "The Upside of Unrequited" by Becky Albertalli

So given just how much I loved Albertalli's first book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, there was no way I was going to let her next book go by without reading it as soon as I could.   I never even looked up the premise, I just put myself on the hold list at the library as soon as I could.... which means I got it just after it was published.  Yay!

So what is it about?  It stars Molly Peskin-Suso as a girl who in the course of her 17 years, has developed 26 crushes on guys that didn't go any farther than just that.  Her twin sister, Cassie, has hooked up with a bunch of girls, but has never found herself in a real relationship.  Enter Mina.  Cassie and Mina start a relationship and together decide that Mina's cute hipster friend Will would be a great first boyfriend for Molly.  And while Molly does think Will is cute, and maybe he does think she's interesting....  But Molly also just started a summer job, and there's this kind of adorable geeky boy there named Reid that she can't stop thinking about.  In the background, the Marriage Equality Bill is upheld by the Supreme Court, so guess who's finally getting married?  Molly & Cassie's Moms!!

I really really enjoyed this book.  I think Simon still rules, but this is a very close 2nd place.  I liked how well the relationship between the sisters developed, and how both felt insecure about different things.  Most importantly, they were both caught up in keeping their tight bond tight, while also developing relationships with new people and trying to keep a balance.  That is such a tough road to travel as you're growing up - at all stages of life - but it feels most tragic in your teens.  I also liked how perfectly, casually, and realistically diverse this book was.  I'm hoping this is a thing that will show up more often in YA contemporary lit, because it makes the story more real to me as it more closely resembles real life.  Also, the character flaws in these characters are realistic.  Molly deals with social anxiety and takes Zoloft for panic attacks, and even though I could see that maybe that isn't the best thing she should do or think, I also know that I would probably do the same thing.

So, yes, go out and love this book too!!

The Upside of Unrequited
by Becky Albertalli
Balzer + Bray, 2017
336 pages
Source:  Library



accidentalstoic said...

Ah, thanks for reviewing this. I loved Simon, and Becky seems like such a cool person. I'll add this one to my TBR (as I'm in the process of "cleaning up" my TBR. HA!)

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

It is so so good! You'll love it too.

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