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The Upside Of The Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances.”

Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly is always careful. Better to be careful than to be hurt.

But when Cassie gets a new girlfriend who comes with a cure hipster-boy sidekick, everything changes. Will is funny, flirtatious and basically the perfect first boyfriend.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s co-worker, Reid, the awkward Tolkien superfan she could never fall for . . . right? 

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A massive thank you to Penguin for kindly sending me a copy of The Upside Of Unrequited in exchange for an honest review. This book was also selected by YOU for The YA Room‘s May Book Of The Month!

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I have been putting this review off for so looooooongggg! It’s practically July now and I finished this 300 page something novel Mid-May.

I didn’t hate UPOU . . . BUT I DIDN’T LOVE IT EITHER.

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ME READING THE BOOK

 I usually stray away from contemporary novels because I would much rather a world that amazes me with all it’s hidden gems, than a novel about having 32.5 crushes.

The writing was definitely engaging and easy to read and I do love when a book adds bits and pieces like text messages and what not. And I am a fan of all the pop culture references like Reid’s abundance of fandom shirts for LoTR and GoT. So that’s plus!

PS, Reid please come to life so I can steal all of your wardrobe PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

A lot of my problems steam from the the idea of love and crushes and unrequited love, and the misconceptions people may or may not have about them.

Molly is never shy of giving the readers an insight to all the boys and girls she’s crushed on before. In one chapter, she goes on about crush number 762, and his extra long, dreamy eyelashes. And that’s it. That’s why she had a crush on him??????? I don’t get it! And maybe that’s my problem and not the book. And I’d be okay with that, except I would never classify that as a crush, maybe a small moment or a fantasy, but I wouldn’t even call it an infatuation!!!!

Secondly, I feel like half the story could have been improved if there was actual proper communication. The amount of people I hear rave about the importance of communication vs. the amount of people that actually communicate when it’s appropriate to, is far too similar.

One lesson I have learnt from this bad boy is PLS don’t make assumptions and actually talk if you feel like there’s a problem and don’t feel like you have to disregard your emotions for the sake of others. 

I appreciate how diverse this novel was, and how built up the characters seemed to the reader. Some of the themes in this novel I haven’t seen used before, for example, the change of marriage laws in the USA. I’m sure there are books out there that explore the subject (or the basic RIGHT!!!), I just haven’t read any.

PROS:

DIVERSE AF, EASY READ & Reid!!! (hahaha easy reid)

CONS:

The entire conflict of the novel could have been solved in 3.5 minutes with a few questions. Just lack the UMPPPPH.

THAT SAID! I know so many amazing people who utterly and completely loved this book! So, if it sounds interesting to you, please, give it a go! I know I’ll still definitely pick up Albertalli’s other books . . .  ONE DAY!

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