[Blog Tour Book Review #21] The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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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?

Book Specifications:

Author: Becky Albertalli

Format: ARC

Part of a Series: No. Standalone.

Release Date: April 11, 2017

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

No. of Pages: 336 pages

Price: PhP720.00

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Self Love, Fat Girl Rep

Book Review:

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Massive thanks to my bookish best friend Jasmine of Jasmine Pearl Reads for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and for sending an ARC of this book my way. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.

Back when I first read Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I never knew that Becky Albertalli would turn out to be one of my most favorite authors of all time. The way she wrote Simon’s coming out and romance story with his LI was simply to die for, and I would pretty much give up everything just to read it again for the first time. For her sophomore novel, Becky decided to represent fat people all over the world with Molly’s story. Being a fat boy myself, I couldn’t help but feel thankful for Becky for making me feel seen and recognized by the world. Now, you could just imagine how excited and pumped I was to be given the chance to read, review, and feature Molly and The Upside of Unrequited on the blog.

Being a fat boy means that I get to choose which authors and their stories best represent me, right? And I feel like so far, out of all the fat girl rep YA books I’ve read, Becky did it the best for me. Becky’s writing style, and her idea of telling the story of a fat girl who’s had her fair share of unrequited crushes is a work of pure genius! Only she could come up with an idea as simple yet relevant, and brilliantly put together such as this one. I am actually surprised that no one has ever thought of writing this story before, but I am 102% glad that Becky decided to take on the challenge. She made me feel good to be in my own skin, and I cannot thank her enough for making me feel empowered, and well represented.

The way Molly was depicted as a fat girl with so many unrequited crushes was impressively heartfelt and easy to relate to. Honestly speaking, being a gay, fat boy can really limit one’s pool of requited crushes, so it’s pretty obvious how much I can relate to Molly. I understood her incessant need to protect and defend herself against her prospective crush/es because it’s hard to let someone in, after harboring tons of insecurities for so long. Frankly, that’s still how I feel to this day. So thank you, Molly (and Becky), for letting me know that what I’m experiencing is normal, and lots of people go through it every day. I can only hope to one day meet my own love interest and feel loved despite of my imperfections. (Not that I don’t feel loved now, but I hope you get what I mean!)

I guess what I’m ultimately trying to say is that I want you to make good choices and just get a hold of Becky’s sophomore novel. Heck, buy and read Simon V.S. too, if you haven’t yet already! Becky’s stories will make you feel good about yourself, and she has this effortless way of making her readers lose all their insecurities and just live life knowing that you’re enough to be seen, recognized, and loved: not just by your families and friends, but also by people who see you for who you truly are.

“The Upside of Unrequited is Becky’s impressive take in telling the story of a fat girl with loads of insecurities about herself but still strives to love herself at the end of the day. It won’t just draw out emotions from readers, but it will also allow them to root for characters that are flawed, but massively lovable. But generally, UPSIDE is a book that will no doubt make you feel good about being in your own skin, whether you’re a fat girl with 48 unrequited crushes, or the complete opposite. Read it! You need this book!”

RATING:

Characters – 5.00

Plot – 5.00

Writing Style – 5.00

Pacing – 4.50

Ending – 5.00

TOTAL – 4.90 / 5★

Blog Tour Posts:

Be sure to check out this space as I will be updating it once the other reviews from my lovely blogger friends are up!

Bianca’s Review at The Ultimate Fangirl

Nicka’s Review at Read by Nicka

Josiah’s Review at The Bookish Fanboy

Fay’s Review at The Bibliophile Soprano

About the Author:

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at .

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10 thoughts on “[Blog Tour Book Review #21] The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

  1. I’m certainly going to add this book to my TBR list. Awesome post!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and am very impressed by your blog. I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

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  2. Love this review, JM! ❤ I'm reading The Upside this month too, and I can't wait! I haven't gotten to read Simon, though and I think that should be remedied soonest! Hugs and see you soonest, love! ❤

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  3. This sounds super awesome, JM! I haven’t read this book yet but I also loved Simon vs, and I’m really, really glad to hear that you found this book really relatable and… positive, if that’s the right word to use? I’ll definitely prioritise it from now on and hopefully will pick it up as soon as I can. Great review. ❤

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  4. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book and how wonderful it is, so I am so glad to see you enjoyed it so much too! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review!

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