The Upside of Unrequited | Book Review

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becki Albertalli
Published by Penguin, 2017
Genre: Young-adult Contemporary
Pages: 336
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my favourite contemporaries and probably one of my favourite books I've read this year. Every since then, I have been wanting to read Becki Albertalli's other book, The Upside of Unrequited, but for some reason never picked it up. But whilst preparing for my week of mock exams, I went through a really big contemporary bookish phase with exam stress as I find them to be the perfect switch off. So I decided to order a few online and when I was scrolling through  Book Depository and saw this on my wishlist, I thought why not? I probably shouldn't have as I was meant to be revising instead of reading but oh well...

I wasn't disappointed. I have to say that didn't enjoy it quite as much as I did Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens agenda but as I really loved that book, it had a lot to live up to. It still made me smile throughout at the brewing romance, family dilemmas and it was pretty much everything I was looking for at that time.

The Upside of Unrequited is about Molly, a teen girl who has had 26 unrequited crushes. She doesn't really expect much to happen in the summer, but of course, it gets a whole lot more interesting. Her twin sister Cathy gets a new girlfriend who brings along with her a best friend Will, a handsome hipster that seems to be showing some interest in Molly... But then there is Ried, the geeky co-worker at her new job who is strangely really easy to talk to and is actually quite good looking too... Its story about family, romance, coming of age and is a general feel-good book!

The love triangle trope may be overdone but I am not going to lie, I don't mind a good love triangle so this really didn't bother me. Even so, if you absolutely detest the triangle of love, it is so clear who is best for Molly that it never really becomes a full-on love triangle and I doubt it would annoy most people.

I really loved the characters and I could really relate to Molly with her insecurities which I think are pretty normal for a teenager to have. As I am the same age (or there about) as Molly, reading about her thoughts and problems just made everything seem a bit more normal as I know I think about the same things and others do too. Her family is also amazing, her sister and baby brother, her mums (as it's American should I say moms?) are all so fab and supportive and fun, I loved reading about them and how their life worked.

I love Becki Albertalli and I know that if I pick up her books again to re-read, they will definitely make me smile and laugh. Also, there was a little look into some character from Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda which I always love as I like to have a little updated on how some of my favourite characters are doing 😃.

Have you read any Beck Albertalli? What did you think?

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