LOVELOVELOVE (except I’m a feminist)
Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/Harperteen
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
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’ve been highly anticipating this book for sooooooo long, and I actually thought it was pretty good. It was filled with fluff, and I loved the heck out of that. BECKY ALBERTALLI WITH THE FREAKING AWESOME PARENTS I MEAN. First in Simon vs., and NOW. It was so great to see a same-sex couple, AND they were the kindest, most understanding ladies ever.Molly! Mollymollymollyyyyy needs to gain some SUPER FEMINIST SUPERPOWERS (and fast!). She places her entire self-worth on men and how she looks. At some points, she seemed okay with herself, but the feminist inside me got mad when she felt beautiful only AFTER she had a boyfriend. It’s fine, I guess, to embrace yourself, but that’s something you should always carry with you. It shouldn’t be placed in your hand by a guy *shudders*.
“I can’t seem to shake this perpetual awareness of being Molly.”
I think it’s really, really good that there was so much diversity in this book, but it was slightly overshadowed by the weird need Molly has to have a boyfriend. I mean, it’s literally her thing. She keeps track of her crushes, and to me, that’s really, really creepy. She cannot let go of anything, and she overthinks every male encounter she has. I mean, everyone has their thing, but I think she could have a healthier obsession if she focused on, say, her crafting.But overall, I liked it! If you liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, then this is kind of a less-amazing version that you’ll probably like too.