Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Good things about this book: It all kinds of cute and funny with a very nice main character.
Bad things about this book: I can’t think of anything, with its flaws it’s still a very cute book!!
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you liked Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda then you will like this as well, no doubt.
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[ARC received via Netgalley]
Plenty adorable, a tad frustrating, highly relatable. That’s it. That’s the book for me. I enjoyed it a lot and I enjoyed also the fact that I got to read it before lots of people; it made me feel a little smug about it. Like “I know something you don’t know” kind of smug. It’s a great feeling! It made me feel special!
This book is about the search for romance from a girl, Molly, who thinks this kind of thing happens to other people, people with the right body and face, and not to fat people like her with lots of crushes and zero experience. Oh, the struggle! The frustration! All the time she was being pessimistic or only unnecessarily hard on herself I wanted to shake her a little bit. Girl, I get it. Our minds are our biggest enemies. We start thinking of the possibilities only to get crushed by the fear of not being enough, of thinking that, yeah of course he isn’t into me, how could he, with me looking the way I look. Losing before starting the race for something she wants with all her heart. A boyfriend. A crush reciprocated. The utopia of crushes. Love??? That’s the dream.
The journey to get there will be filled with obstacles, misunderstandings, wedding preparations, lots of blushing, insecurities, and unexpected changes. Molly’s growth as a person is moving; I rooted for her. I wanted to see her happy and if she thought having the hot boyfriend was what she needed, who was I to tell her she was facing her problems the wrong way? She needed to learn to look beyond what she thought the others might say or think, and start doing things for herself and for what she truly wanted to be a happier version of herself.
I love how Molly was a craft magician, going crazy looking for DIY ideas on pinterest for her moms’ wedding. I want to try making those cookie dough treats with ice cream: they sounded delicious. I think I will login again on my pinterest account: I have ideas!!
Being the nerdy person I love to be, I liked Reid, Molly’s co-worker, from the very first time he showed up. He loves Game of Thrones, Tolkien, World of Warcraft, and Queen Elizabeth the first. I have a crush on him because he is such an adorable human being, the type known as the “cinnamon roll too pure for the world”! You know a boy is a keeper when he wears with pride and joy a t-shirt about something he is passionate about. I find that extremely sexy.
Simon is there. This is not a drill, Simon, the Simon, that Simon, Oreo Simon, SIMON, is making a cameo through Abby, Molly’s cousin, who we already know. This made me smile so much, knowing he is okay and happy and still very geeky. The boy deserves the world. Now a re-read of the book is required!
A few of the things I loved about the book:
– Diversity → We get different ethnicities, different sexual orientations, different religions, and different body types: nothing forced, just exactly how the world is, in all its variety. Loved it!
– Struggle → Feeling unsure or self-conscious about how we are, how we look and how we behave it’s a daily feeling for some, a rarity for others, but it’s a feeling that’s somehow always there, lurking in the shadows. More often than I’d like in books the main character is flawlessly perfect or plain but in a way that the hottest of all the hot guys is attracted to her. Why? I usually sigh, think “of course”, and move on, feeling a tiny bit betrayed by it. No, it doesn’t give me hope, it portrays a needle in a haystack kind of situation; it makes me sigh which is not good.
– Siblings → As much as Molly’s search for a boyfriend might seem like the main theme of the book, I felt like the relationship between her and Cassie, her twin sister, was a pretty big deal. I truly loved how the interactions between them were shown, fights and everything.
I was sure I was going to like this book and I was also sure it was going to have a different kind of feeling from Simon’s book, which I adored. I haven’t been a teenager in a long time and I was a teenager in a different country, but still I related to Molly, to her everyday life and the struggles she was facing. Fat girls are like any other girl, only with more meat on their bones. Fat girls can wear whatever they feel comfortable enough to wear without people judging them and looking bad at them. Fat girls don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Fat girls are GIRLS. Why is it so hard to understand?
We are all different and I think that’s the most wonderful thing there is.