Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
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?
So I started this book near the beginning of this month, maybe read a page or two and put it down. When I picked it back up I didn’t stop until I finished it. It was so cute!
This contemporary book pulls in so many of the awkward teen emotions with first relationships, almost relationships, crushes, friendships, and all those fun hormones that come with growing up. I honestly felt like she was pulling out the emotions from my own high school years, the battles you have in your head and put them on paper.
Also, did anyone else think of Criminal Minds when introduced to Spencer? I think every geeky moment with him that’s all I could think of, he was adorable and nerdy but also seemed very sure of himself in who he was.
Has anyone else read this? What did you think? I think I have to go buy her other book now.
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