Book: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance novel
Caution: Possible spoilers.
First and foremost, I want to admit that I asked le bf to buy me this book because I liked the book cover. It was either this book or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It was him that liked the idea of this book, so he asked me to read and review it.
The book is about Molly Peskin-Suso and her experience with unrequited love. She’s lived through it 26 times. I guess she is really that type of girl that falls in love a lot. She never tried talking to any of those 26 guys, despite her twin sister, Cassie’s constant suggestion for her to “woman up”, only because she hates to be rejected. I mean I know, being rejected is harsh and it hurts, but at least you tried. Aside from the fear of rejection, Molly also suffers from low self-esteem because she claims to be fat, and Fats girls should always be careful. Until two boys enters her orbit; Hipster Will and Middle Earth Reid. Now, we, well, I will see who she will end up in the end.
Despite the fact that I don’t think Molly is the type of girl I’d be friends with, I still enjoyed this book. At the beginning of the story I thought that Molly is just insecure because of her figure, thus the reason why she finds it hard to confess to those crushes, and I felt bad for her. I am also a “chubby” person throughout my teen years, and although I am quite confident back then, I have to say that some of Molly’s insecurities once crept inside my mind, but I just so happened to be good at dodging such thoughts, and I really want to see her be that awesome confident teen.
Sadly, as the story progresses, I slowly slid off the Molly wagon. I started to be annoyed by her, to the point where I would prefer reading Bella’s POV than Molly’s. And I don’t like Bella Swan.The way she put labels to people’s names (I understand that with the 26 crushes, but doing that to your new friends? I find it annoying. ), the way she hates a certain song and claiming it to be part of the list that “almost ruined music”, and her ability to focus everything on herself. Remember that I just mentioned that I really want to see her be that awesome confident teen? She did, but by validating it with a boy. I have no words. Just a sad . . .
Putting Molly aside for awhile, I like the diversity in this book. I think that is the only reason I kept reading it. I love her parents, Patty and Nadine. I love the fact that she can confide with her friends and her sister, and how they wished that Molly just “woman up”. Overall, I think it is a nice, easy and often times, annoying read. If you are willing to be trapped inside the mind of a 17 years old girl, then go ahead read it. I just wish that Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a lot better, and I am excited to read it next!
Did you read this book? What do you think of it? Let me know.
Thank you so much for reading guys, I am sorry if I ended up reviewing Molly’s personality rather than the entire story, but I can’t help it.
Have an awesome weekend and as always, I’ll talk to you on my next blog.