Addictive, fun and thoughtful; this book delivers all the feels
The Upside of Unrequited is authentic, and voice-y; loveable and delightful. It reads like it’s written by a teenager (which seems to be Becky’s superhero skill!), and I mean that in the best way. Growing up can be overwhelming and this book captures that so well.
As a huge Simon vs. fan, the only thing I went in expecting was a whole lot of heart and Becky delivered. This is a book that stands on it’s own - featuring a relatable character in Molly and a well-written diverse cast and family that I came to care for. I loved the family dynamic - Molly has such two amazing, supportive mums, a twin sister who is feeling more distant now that she’s got a girlfriend and a younger brother. Oh, and the romance was so sweet! It may appear to be a love triangle, but you can clearly tell she only has feelings for one guy.
Once I started reading, all I wanted to do was devour this book, as I quickly got swept up in the story and characters. I feel like Becky voices thoughts that everyone has had before and makes you feel less alone. Ultimately, Becky is like the gaurdian angel we all needed growing up, to whisper in our ear - 'hey, we’ve all been there before'.
We see Molly deal with a lot of insecututes, especially regarding her weight and shyness, as she naviagtes her crush that will hopefully lead to something more. She’s tired of admiring from afar and with the push of her twin sister, Cassie, Molly sets about on a journey to follow her heart and get the guy, while also dealing with the growing divide with her twin sister.
Regardless of weight, I think it’s awesome to see the topic of body image in YA, so I like that it gave conversation to that. The Upside of Unrequited captures teen vulnerbilites and anxieties and the awkwardness of it all, but it’s also hopeful and thoughful and heartwarming. If this book were a magic 8 ball, it would read: 'you’re enough and deserve a happily ever after’. Read and enjoy! I know I did.