Mini Book Review | The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I've been waiting to read this book ever since I read Simon v/s the Homo Sapiens Agenda. And I found it equally as cute as Simon... (If not more that that because nothing can top Simon's cuteness).
Can a cute young adult novel be thought provoking and inclusive? The Upside of Unrequited can! Molly Peskin-Suso is a fat, self-conscious seventeen year old who has never had a kiss, or a boyfriend. She has had experienced 26 crushes so far and has left it at that because she always thought she was never good enough. In spite of her twin sister Cassie telling her to go and grab the world, Molly can never gather the courage to confess her feelings to a boy.
Cassie has always been Molly's best friend throughout. So when Cassie lands up with a cute girlfriend - Mina, Molly feels that her twin sister no longer wants to hang out with her anymore. This is why Cassie desperately tries to hitch up Molly with Mina's best friend - Will. Will is funny and flirtatious and is capable of making the butterflies in Molly's stomack go haywire. But is Will worth it? Because Molly's new co-worker - Reid - a nerdy Tolkien and GoT fanboy - is equally capable of making Molly's heartbeat go fast. While troubled between these two boys, Molly tries to overcome her fears and works upon her self-confidence. Somewhere in between, one of her 27th crush does become a boyfriend.
Becky Albertalli has made me a massive fangirl of her books. In a world of YA novels with protagonists with perfect figures, we need a Molly Peskin-Suso. We need books representing a young girl who thinks she's not good enough, so we can learn from her growth. It not only talks about self-growth, but also about the beauty of friendship, family and sisterhood. Reading The Upside of Unrequited filled my heart with sunshine, warmth and small firecrackers. After I finished the book I had a big goofy grin on my face and imagined how it felt when I fell in love for the first time. I am going to recommend this book from the core of my big goofy grin.