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Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Year Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction (romance)
Pages: 352
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2017 Google Reading map): USA (Washington DC and Maryland)

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school library

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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?

Review: Oh, this is a good one, people. Albertelli has done it again (the first time was with Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, which it seems, I did not review!). I like everything about this book: the characters, the story, the mood, and the writing.

Most people understand unrequited [love, crush, etc]. I definitely remember being in high school and crushing on boys who didn't know I existed or if they did, who had no interest in me. But that feeling of crushing was so fun. And so devastating. These feelings are captured so well in Molly who has had so many crushes, but done nothing about any of them. And Cassie's emotions of her first girlfriend are spot on. She begins to leave behind her family to focus on Mina. Yep, been there, done that. Family and teenage emotions are captured well in this novel.

I also liked all the characters! I liked that we got to know the girls, their extended family (Grandma is a hoot!), and their friends. They all played specific roles for the main character in her quirks, neuroses, happiness, and figuring out what she wants.

If you want a feel good book that also deals with the tough parts of crushes and love, then you'll really enjoy this one.

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