The Upside of Unrequited, Becky Albertalli (2017)
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT, Cute As F
I think it’s now come to be expected that when you read a Becky Albertalli book, it will be sparkled with diversity and cuteness. I really enjoyed falling into the nerdy little world of this book and how simple and yet entrancing the story was.
The story follows Molly who is a twin and is very used to having crushes that she doesn’t act upon. Her sister Cassie seems to be very different, she is much more confident and is keen to be in relationships. Obviously this goes down the path of Molly getting into a relationship and how she feels.
I think Albertalli tackles social expectations of how we should feel in these kinds of situations vs how we do feel. Molly has two paths to go down in this book, both are rather different, one is perhaps the one she thinks she should take, but the other is the one she wants to take. I think we all reach a point in life where we have to wonder if we’re doing what we’re doing because we truly want to, or because we think it is what is expected of us. In doing this, a realistic and lovable character is created in Molly and she is someone I could associate with, which is always a win.
This book has such a cosy vibe to it, the family environment surrounding Molly and Cassie is strong and caring, I’d love to be a part of it. Albertalli strikes again with her fantastic LGBT characters as the girls have two mums and Cassie has a girlfriend. I love how this subject is becoming more normalised in literature, because maybe it will influence people in the read world to accept it as normal too. It’s unknown to me why they haven’t all already done so.
Generally reading this book gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling and I really enjoyed it! I loved how there was some Lord of the Rings nerdiness thrown in too and the little bits of personalised information we saw of all of the characters. It’s the little quirks in Albertalli’s books that make me love her writing so much.