The Upside of Unrequited

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The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

Rating: 5 stars

“…I’ve spent so much time wanting a boyfriend that I can’t imagine not wanting one. I can imagine saying I don’t want one. But I can’t imagine it being true.
And maybe that’s just me, a little broken after twenty-six rounds of unrequited love. Maybe this is a side effect.”

Alright. Let’s get honest.
I didn’t expect to actually like this book. I mean, the back of the book actually says “…I’ve had twenty-six crushes and no boyfriends.” and then goes on to complain about how the MC just doesn’t understand how the hell relationships work. So, right off the bat, I knew this was going to end up being a lovey-dovey, boyfriend-obsessed, whiny teen book.
But ya know what? I still loved every damn page of it.
Yep, that’s right. I’m a hater of all things cutesy and I still just absolutely adored this book.

So I’ve read a lot of controversy on this book from fellow reviewers, and I get where each and every person is coming from. Anything anyone says about this book is probably true (even if they say it sucked, because in their mind, it probbbbbably did). But here’s the thing: the book is just really enjoyable.

I loved Molly. Molly is not your average YA contemporary MC, because, well, lets face it, she’s not the same petite, sweet, and loving character we see so often. Molly classifies herself as “chubby”, and she’s convinced that none of her twenty-six crushes would ever like her back, so she never pursues a single one. Of course, I knew from the beginning Molly was too hard on herself, and that there are people in this world that love all different body types. I really wasn’t worried about her for even a minute. But Molly’s thoughts just felt really…real. Albertalli didn’t pretend that girls don’t think about sex. I’m wracking my brain trying to remember a book that allows a female character to talk about sex without being written as slutty and you know what… I just can’t think of one. So I send a round of applause to the author on that one.

I also really liked just about everyone in this book. Cassie was my favorite right off the bat. I was not-so-secretly rooting for Reid the entire time, even though I thought Hipster Will was actually a pretty decent guy (plot twist- a guy doesn’t have to be an asshole for the girl to not like him). I thought Mina was a nice add to the plot, but I think the author should’ve let us see a little more of her besides just being Cassie’s girlfriend.

And on that note- I love that this book has same-sex relationships in it and doesn’t make it a big deal! There’s no plot twists that reveal anyone’s sexual identity. We know right off that bat that Cassie is gay, and that Molly and Cassie have two moms. Yep, two. And they both seemed pretty cool, if we’re being honest.

I honestly don’t have much to say about the book besides how cute and likable it was (for me). There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the book, and as much as I want to give you tons of spoilers and psychoanalyze all of it, I really just want you to read this one. I can’t promise you won’t hate it, but if you do, you can totally blame me. So yeah… read it.

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