The Upside of Unrequited – Book Review

Change is fucking hard. It’s fucking tragic. – Becky Albertalli, The Upside of Unrequited


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?


Apparently there’s something about the month of June that just makes me love every book I pick up.

The Upside of Unrequited is not immune to the power of June.

Let’s start with a truth universally acknowledged — being a teenager is fucking awful. Being an awkward teenager with anxiety is even worse. Being a teenager with all of those things and body image issues to boot is a hell like no other.

Becky Albertalli tells Molly’s story in such a beautifully relatable way that as I was reading The Upside of Unrequited I actually continued to take pictures of entire pages of text because I related so hard to it.

I mean, I’ve never felt more in common with a fictional character than when Cassie, Molly’s twin sister, threatened to “hook him up with her fist,” and then called said character a “motherfucking douchebag”.

And naturally, since I have so much in common with Cassie, I decided to use a quote from her at the start of this post because I think Albertalli got it right when writing it.

The Upside of Unrequited is a coming of age story in some ways, but if I want someone to really understand what the actual story is about the simplest way to put it is that stuff is changing in Molly’s life and, guess what, it feels tragic.

What I think makes this book even more real is that Albertalli isn’t afraid of being inclusive. She incorporates a real world with real people. All of her characters aren’t straight or white and it’s just so refreshing.

I’ve yet to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda but after reading The Upside of Unrequited, I know I’ll be picking up her other book. This is another easy 5/5 stars for me.

Have you read The Upside of Unrequited? What did you think? If not, do you think you will?




21 thoughts on “The Upside of Unrequited – Book Review

  1. Loved this review! “Not immune to the power of June” is such a GREAT line. Okay, so I’m still in the middle of reading The Upside and have to say I didn’t really start appreciating it until Reid becomes a bigger part of the story. On the other hand, Simon vs. the HSA is my all-time favorite YA contemporary book. I like how Abby is a connecting link between the two books. She has a more featured part in Simon vs. the HSA.

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    1. Thanks! And Reid is such a great character! I’m really interested in Simon vs. the HSA. I’ve just recently really started reading contemporary and honestly it’s been so great.


  2. Awesome review! I am so glad that you enjoyed Upside! I agree, it was SO RELATABLE, that is my favourite thing about Becky’s book TBH!


  3. I loved this book too! I haven’t had a chance to review it yet but you covered it all. I really appreciated reading about a character like Molly who has so very many things going on in her life and she just keeps processing it and living. Such a great book!


  4. Wow, it seems so many of the bloggers I follow have been reading this one lately (my review is actually going up tomorrow, haha). Ahh, but I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this book too! Definitely one of my favourites from this year. I related so much to Molly and her romance/body image issues, and I took so many pictures of good quotes too! I rarely find a book that affects me enough to notice a relatable quote, so that’s saying something! It’s interesting to hear from someone who related to Cassie too, thanks for this great review!

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  5. that is a fabulous book and the last part when molly says that they were their inches away from each other is extremely deep and it touches my core…. i have a sister too, and i dont want that to happen.


  6. I think I will need to read this book after all. I got a bad test from Simon, but this seems to have a different approach and different themes and topics.

    Thank you for you input on this book! I will added to my Goodreads list haha

    I hope you can take a look at my blog ❤


  7. Oh man!! I HAVE to agree. I rave about this book to anyone who listens! Molly is so incredibly relatable and Cassie too. It’s the perfect combination of funny, emotional and complete with a LGBT theme with no questioning. This is Cassie, this is her GF. Deal. How it should be 👏


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