The Upside Of Unrequited

The Upside Of Unrequited

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"Heart-fluttering, honest, and hilarious. I can't stop hugging this book." --Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss

"I have such a crush on this book! Not only is this one a must read, but it's a must re-read." --Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'

From the award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda comes a funny, authentic novel about sisterhood, love, and identity.

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.


Publisher: Harper Collins Books 2018/01
ISBN: 9780062348715
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER


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MsCourtney Jul 07, 2017

A contemporary romance featuring a diverse cast of characters with believable dialogue. Uses text messages effectively to boost the story.

KCLSRacheal Jun 22, 2017

Molly's always been different from her thin, confident twin sister, but up until now they've always been thick as thieves. As her sister's love life ramps up Molly's feeling the pressure to turn her 27th crush into a real relationship and start feeling like less of a third wheel. Full of humor and heart, this story does a great job of building endearing characters and relationships, and it somehow always manages to be upbeat without ever verging on too sweet.

Jun 07, 2017

This pleasant and occasionally funny YA novel lives up to its name; it's a very upbeat book in which the happy ending is never in doubt despite the heroine's anxiety. The cast of characters is racially and sexually diverse, but you can really tell that the author is a white straight woman who has done some research rather than someone from a queer or multiracial family.

Becky Albertalli presents an extremely relatable main character, who is struggling with changes in her life as well as between herself and her sister. Fans of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and other cute love stories should definitely take a look at this book. After Molly’s twin sister, Cassie, gets a girlfriend, Molly feels pressured to find someone as well. However this is not easy at the age of 17, she has had twenty-six crushes and no boyfriends. Her sister introduces Molly to her girlfriend’s best friend, meanwhile Molly has her eyes set on her co-worker. I really liked this book as I could fully relate to the main character and her inner turmoils over herself and the societal pressure to be in a relationship. I also appreciated how diverse the characters were, many of them being POC or queer, due to my own belief that YA fiction should include a larger diversity of characters. The plot was well-paced, neither too fast nor too slow. The character development was absolutely amazing. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a feel-good book.
- Anonymous

May 09, 2017

This book was exactly the mindless fluff I needed when I picked it up. Sixteen year old Molly reminded me of my teen self in many humbling ways (and also, not at all in some aspects). Innumerable crushes on unlikely boys? That was my life. Concern about growing apart from your best friend, and being powerless to stop it? Also me. So reading this felt comfortable.

I was glad it never tried to be multi-layered, though, because Molly's perspective, attitude, and language is very young. I mean, authentically teenager, which gets pretty annoying after awhile. Albertalli does a good job balancing Molly's self-centered mopiness with Reid's puppy-dog enthusiasm and earnestness, and Will's good-natured maturity, so that the story doesn't get bogged down. There are also some stunningly fun moments (Molly at the party when the random skeezer "compliments" her by telling her she's hot for a big girl? PRICELESS)

I appreciate that Molly's defining turning point in the narrative is when she decides to be less careful, and take risks. I firmly believe that overcoming our tendency toward fear (where bruising the ego is concerned) makes magic happen. So her embracing that, albeit in realistically tentative ways, and it leading to good things made me happy. But probably the biggest strength of this story is way the author captured the emotional highs and lows and exhilaration of having a crush. That, more than anything else, had me tearing through the book and finishing it in two days.

Overall, I'd recommend it for fans of contemporary YA, YA romance, and fluffy feel-good stories. Oh, and diversity- this book has it in spades.

May 08, 2017

A worthy follow up to Simon with a relatable MC, a wonderful look at the complexities of family and friendship, and a super cute nerdy ship! It was a delight that I read in one sitting.

May 02, 2017

Becky Albertalli’s sophomore novel has a loose connection to her first book, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Protagonist Molly’s cousin Abby recently moved to Georgia, where she met a new guy named Nick, and became friends with Simon. Although there are a couple fannish nods to Simon, and some interactions with Abby, The Upside of Unrequited really stands on its own. It is a sweet story of love and family, featuring a diverse cast of characters all with their own unique charms and struggles. Relationships of all kinds are the driving force of this coming-of-age story.

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Becky Albertalli does not disappoint readers with her second novel, The Upside of Unrequited. Perfect for fans of her first novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and newcomers alike, The Upside of Unrequited is an absolute delight to read.
Molly Peskin-Suso is all too familiar with the pangs of unrequited love. Crushing hard and often (twenty-six times to be exact), Molly knows that with Cassie, her twin sister, by her side, she’ll be able to make it through anything. Or at least that’s what Molly thinks until Cassie becomes a love-sick mess, and begins to start drifting away from her. Luckily, there’s a simple solution to Molly’s dilemma. Dating the funny and flirtatious Will (who also happens to be Cassie’s new girlfriend’s best friend) would lead to the end of Molly’s streak of unrequited romances and also lead her back into Cassie’s life. Despite being presented with the perfect solution, Molly seems to be more interested in her sweet and endearingly geeky co-worker, Reid.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was one of my favourite books last year and I was beyond ecstatic to hear that Albertalli was releasing a new book in 2017. Although it is not necessary to have read Albertalli’s previous novel prior to this one, I would strongly recommend it as it only enhances the experience. The Upside of Unrequited had all of the same charm, quirk, and even fandom references as her first novel. (I loved the mentions of Simon, Hogwarts, and even Lin-Manuel Miranda.) I adored the relationships Molly had with her family, and the wonderful lessons that the story provided. Packed with a dynamic, diverse, relatable, and realistic cast of characters, along with witty dialogue, this book is sure to wow readers.
The Upside of Unrequited was an adorable and light-hearted novel that is sure to resonate with readers. I would strongly recommend this book to fans of Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and other works such as We Are the Ants, None of the Above, or simply to those looking for a quick, cute read like Eleanor & Park, or Fangirl.
- Jaden

AL_KELSEY Mar 10, 2017

So, I had to force myself through the first fifty pages--there was a lot of fluff, and it was a bit over the top, BUT! Once I got to the meat of the story, I was hooked. I loved Reid's character, especially because I could relate to him and his nerdy/quirky personality. I think the author tried to cover way too many bases in this story, however, despite all of these elements, I think Albertalli did a fairly decent job weaving these different stories and viewpoints, and I think in general, teens will love this RomCom!


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May 02, 2017

Molly Peskin-Suso is the queen of unrequited love. At seventeen, she has had twenty-six crushes, but zero boyfriends. She hasn’t even been kissed. By contrast, Molly’s twin sister Cassie has an easy confidence when it comes to hooking up with girls, and she always tells Molly everything. But then Mina arrives on the scene, and for the first time ever, Cassie is totally crushed out, and a little bit secretive, leaving Molly out in the cold. But Mina has a cute best friend named Will, and Molly might not feel so left out if he was her boyfriend. So why can’t Molly stop thinking about her nerdy co-worker, Reid?


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May 02, 2017

There’s this feeling I get when I watch other people kiss. I become a different form of matter. Like they’re water, and I’m an ice cube. Like I’m the most alone person in the entire world.

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