Posted in Romance, Uncategorized, Y. Coming of Age, Y.A., Young Adult

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (non-spoiler) review

My Rating: 2.5/5

Molly is a flawed character. She has anxiety, low self-esteem and struggles with her body image. She often compares herself with her twin sister, who is very different than her. Cassie is willowy, confident and a lesbian.

Molly, on the other hand, is very insecure and doesn’t dare tell the guy (or guys) she likes that she has a crush on him (them), because she doesn’t know if her feelings are reciprocated and because she doesn’t know if her friends think he (one of them) is attractive enough to date.

That is up until her friend shows a little interest in him and our main character turns into an insensitive bitch.

(I was okay with all the angstyness up until she turns into an envious snake.)

Moreover, even though the book included sexual diversity, nothing was really delved into. I would’ve liked seeing what it’s like to have two mothers or what it’s like to be the lesbian daughter of a lesbian couple. These aspects were mentioned and peeked at, but not explored.

There was, also, the theme of the pregnancy from sperm donation. If Albertalli would’ve put more insight into that, the story would have been a lot more interesting and it could’ve included a hell of a plot twist.

Instead, the story fell flat, mostly following this girl swooning for her platonic crushes, lamenting that she still hasn’t had sex at 17 and that she has never had a boyfriend. Other than that, she doesn’t do much.

Overall, I think her journey was cut short and it lacked substance. The character needed something else as a drive, other than boys and sex. She needed motivation and personality.

Therefore, I recommend the book if you like angsty contemporary romances or if you are a fan of Albertalli’s previous work. (Which is so MUCH better that this, it’s kind of disappointing)



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