Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: The Upside of Unrequited

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Source: ALA Midwinter  
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Contemporary 

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. Right?

The best part of reading a book is when you are able to see yourself. When you are able to find yourself. But for me, when I am able to lose myself. Becky Albertalli's debut novel allowed me to feel real, to know that being yourself no matter what anyone says is key. I fell in love with Simon and knowing that a new character was coming. I couldn't wait to fall in love with her too. 

We follow main character Molly who is this amazing character who is artsy, loves cookie dough, adores her sister to the moon and back but struggles with personal acceptance. When her sister falls head over heels for another girl, is this finally the end of the sister friendship? Or does the sisters friends brother wipe away all worries. 

The one thing that I loved most is the writing. Becky writes such a raw, emotionally captivating story that allows the reader to reflect on their own struggles. I know I did. There were moments where I did pause and took the words in and allowed the emotions to flow out. Out came the anger, the tears, the smiles and everything to meet the standards of a top class emotional wreck.  

The relationships with the characters spoke to me most. I think we are all afraid of being rejected at some point in time. I think the most important part is Molly and Reid are the answer to a happily ever after. Just thinking about their interactions and their growing friendship and possibly so much more sends tingles down my back. 

The story flowed beautifully. I read this waiting to board my flight home and I think people looked at me kind of weird. I may or may not have been talking to myself. But those are the best stories. As I said above, losing myself in a story is key for me. And for this story I lost myself before the fourth chapter. 

Becky writes a stellar novel that everyone should read. Both teens and adults. We are in this generation where image is becoming key in finding popularity. However, sometimes by trying to change who we are, we not only lose ourselves but the people we care about and the people who care about us. In this thought provoking light hearted read you will see a girl who is trying to find herself. And just maybe, you will find yourself as well. 

I give this book 5 souls!

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