The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli review

“Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because 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. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And 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 an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?”


I was a little scared going into this book. I heard someone talking about all the diversity in this book. I do love diverse books but I was scared that it was going to be too much. Like trying to shove every diverse character into one book. But it turned out to be just enough. Once again Becky Albertalli did a fantastic job writing a realistic, and diverse book. I don’t usually reach for contemporary but she is now an auto-buy author! 

I connected really well with Molly. It was like revisiting my childhood through her. My heart broke when her heart broke, I cried when she cried. I could have done with a few less F-bombs, but it didn’t make me knock off any points. I loved Molly’s parents, her twin sister, Cassie. Reid was perfect! Will was an asshole 🙄. Despite Molly’s grandma with her old school language (it doesn’t bother me because I know that’s how they talked when she was growing up. So she isn’t being that way on purpose), I still adored her in the end. Oh and it also had some mental illness in it. So it seemed like there was a ton of diversity but it worked out just perfect. 

I really have nothing bad to say about this book. I loved it just as much as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. 

5/5 🌟

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