Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky AlbertalliThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer & Bray on April 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss

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.


Dang, what an adorable read! Even though I liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda just a little more, The Upside of Unrequited is a fantastic read by Albertalli.

There’s a pretty big cast of characters but the story really focuses on Molly Peskin-Suso: twin, sixteen, twenty-six crushes, zero kisses. Life gets a little more complicated when Molly’s twin sister Cassie gets a girlfriend and suddenly Molly has to deal with feelings of being left behind, the fear of rejection, and two new boys in her life.

Molly is sweet, funny and a little awkward and totally relatable. I loved getting to see her little inner thoughts. Sometimes they’re insightful and wiser than her age, sometimes they’re those weird ones you think about, but probably shouldn’t say out loud. Admittedly there were times where Molly kind of annoyed me, but than I remember who hasn’t gone through those teenage angst years right? But either way, I loved seeing her grow more confident, with her self-esteem and her heart, throughout the book.

From people of colour to queer characters, the big cast of characters was fun and full of diversity. We even got a little visit from Simon, Abby and Nick (of Simon vs.)! I really enjoyed Molly’s unconventional family and their adorable bond. I loved spending time with them, and Molly’s moms Patty and Nadine were awesome. Okay, well Cassie actually kind of annoyed me. Probably because we didn’t really get to see her side of the picture but I didn’t think she was always a very good sister. That being said, Cassie does figure it out. I adore Reid! He’s just the sweetest and most adorkable thing.

The romance in this book was pretty darn cute. And fear not! While there is definitely some teenage angst, there is no love triangle angst! With a slow-burn kind of romance, it gave us lots of time to see our OTP bond over mini eggs and emoji-ed texts.

Overall, this was a fun and entertaining read. Filled with diversity, great family elements and a sweet romance, The Upside of Unrequited was a lovely coming-of-age story were we got to tackle the struggles of growing up and the fear of being left behind. I look forward to more of Albertalli’s works!

Patty’s smiling. “So, are you going to tell me about him?”
I cover my face. “Nope.”
“Are you official? Is he your boyfriend? Check yes or no.”

{*Thanks to Balzer & Bray and Edelweiss for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. These days, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons, and writes very nerdy contemporary young adult fiction.


Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

16 Replies to “Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli”

  1. So glad you enjoyed this! I finished it a few days ago and I adored it. I actually liked it more than Simon vs, I just couldn’t stop reading it! Great review 💖

  2. Ok I can deal with some angst.. tiny bit! At least there is no triangle angst cos that drives me insane

  3. I’ve got Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens on my wish list. This sounds great, too. I do love the way you are describing Molly and her life. Thanks, Cyn!

  4. I had the first book on my list and it looks like I need to add this as well. Perhaps I will gift them both to my daughter and then borrow them. Hehe

  5. I adored this book so much. I was on par with Simon for me. I couldn’t stop reading it!! Great review!!

  6. So many people are reading and reviewing this this week and so many of them have loved it. So happy you did as well! Great review!

  7. Sounds like a really cute read. I LOVED Simon Vs. and I can’t wait for the film. I need to get a copy of this one – even if I don’t love it as much as Simon, I think I’ll still really enjoy it. 🙂


  8. I just love how easy and relatable this sounds — for whatever angst there is in this, I’m just smiling thinking of it after reading this review. So much goodness here!

  9. Ahhhh, the actual FIRST thing I was going to ask was IS THERE A LOVE TRIANGLE??? Because the synopsis certainly makes it sound like there would be one. I’m glad you said there isn’t one though. 😀 I’ve seen a lot of good things about this book! I’m glad you enjoyed it as well.

    Great review, Cyn! Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  10. Love characters that are a little awkward. Glad you had fun with them 🙂

  11. So glad you enjoyed this book! It became an instant favourite of mine. Becky has a knack for writing relatable characters and fantastic side characters.

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

  12. This sounds like a really cute read. I haven’t read anything by this author although I do hope to get to this book and Simon vs. at some point. I like that this book seems to have such diverse characters. Great review!

  13. Aha I just finished this book a few days ago and it was so enjoyable and cute and well written! Molly was such a fantastic character and I could really relate to her and I can’t wait for this to be released so others can read this! (The Australian release date is a little later)

  14. This sounds wonderful and so cute!! I’m glad you enjoyed this one nearly as much as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! I love relatable characters so I’ll definitely need to keep this in mind. Lovely review, Cyn. (:

  15. This summer is finally going to be the time for me to read Becky Albertalli’s books! So mote it be. Hahaha. Molly sounds adorable, and I love books about sisters.

  16. I absolutely loved this book! I still love Simon just a bit more too, but this one was just so fun! I loved all the characters and the romance. I can’t wait for more from Becky!

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