Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review (ARC) | The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication: April 11th 2017 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Series: Standalone
Pages: 352
Genre: YA Contemporary
Copy: ARC provided by publisher & Face in a Book in exchange for an honest review
Summary: 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.

I absolutely loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, so I had high hopes for this book.  Luckily, it lived up to my expectations!!  This is another adorable contemporary that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside the entire time you're reading it.  I flew through this book in a day, and it was such a fun and easy read, which was exactly what I needed.

Like with Simon, my favorite part about this book is the characters.  Molly is so sweet and adorable and I just wanted to hug her.  Cassie probably more like me: outspoken and a little mean sometimes.  But I loved her just as much.  Even the supporting characters are all lovable in their own ways.  Mina is also incredibly sweet, so she & Cassie balanced each other out perfectly.  And both Will & Reid are freaking adorable too; basically everyone is adorable.

I loved the romance in this book, especially with our MC, Molly, but I also liked the other relationships.  I loved Molly's family, especially with the dynamic of her having two moms.  And I loved how close Molly and Cassie were.  I have a sister that I'm super close with, so it was totally relatable for me.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book, and if you loved Simon as much as I did, definitely pick up this book!!  And let me know in the comments if you've read it yet and how you liked it!