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The Upside of Unrequited Paperback – Import, 11 April 2017
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- Item Weight : 255 g
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780141356112
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141356112
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Penguin (11 April 2017)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0141356111
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Okay i’m being truly honest with this book, it’s the cutest romance i’ve ever read , every page as i read and turn was getting more cute, cuter and cutest !
From starting to ending all those characters were amazingly potraited and well written, especially Molly and Reid will make you fall in love with them , their funny romantic & cheesy conversations are everything to this book , i love moms of molly & cassie coolest couple and lovely parents !
Trust me, this book will make you laugh and happy !
This was my first Becky Albertali book, and I'm so, so glad I picked this gem of a book up :) it's just such a cute novel, that I'm currently grinning from ear to ear even thinking about it. 😁🙈
The lead protagonist, Molly, was such a relatable and hilarious character; I'd give this book a whole damn galaxy of stars if I could, for the diversity of contained in it, & mainly for how well it handled the whole scenario of melange!
This book not only gives you all the feels when your feelings went unrequited (yeah, we've all been there 😂💔), but it adds up a whole new level of plot to it by focusing on not just Molly's love life, but also the family aspect, which I feel is widely ignored in the YA genre lately.
The Upside of Unrequited will make you swoon, laugh, cry and cuddle, all in the span of 300 pages; the author's narrative is really impreßive as to how real the characters feel. Can't WAIT to read her future literary works!
Loads of love for this book! 💙
Becky Albertalli, The Upside of Unrequited
The hype about this book was exploding all over Internet. And I really wanted to like this book, but i did not enjoy this one as much the story about Simon.
- Instagram handle (@bookandcoffeelove)
All in all, this is a perfect light-hearted contemporary read and I loved this a lot.
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Thankfully, when I was 17 I met my very own Tolkien obsessed, adorably geeky Reid-type and I'm also really close with my sister (much more so now than we were as kids).
I love this author's work. The way she perfectly encapsulates a character and makes them relatable to you, makes you invest in them and care about what they're going through. On that note, if you haven't read Simon vs The Homosapien's Agenda, you really really should, especially before you read this.
I love how she supports and advocates for the LGTBQ+ community in all of her work. It's refreshing, realistic and just pure awesome!!
I can't wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out and I know Molly and her story are going to stick with me for a very long time to come.
Did I mention that I love this story??
Then we get to about halfway through the book - particularly the scene where Reid and Molly are in the rain and Reid sweeps her hair back. This was the turning point in the novel for me - I about melted into a pile of mush! After that it was just straight adorableness.
Was it totally predictable and a little cliche? Yes. But it felt like such a realistic rendition of teen angst that it was perfect to me. Every move Molly made through her jealous arc made me simultaneously roll my eyes in frustration while at the same time relating so hard.
I don't think Molly and Cassie's troubles were completely resolved, however. It felt like they'd just slapped a bandage on it and called it a day, but despite this, Reid and Molly's relationship overshadowed all the instances that could have made me drop my rating.
Also, I see a lot of reviews (particularly the unfavourable ones) talking about how it took Molly's crush returning her feelings for her to love herself, and how that's Bad For Feminism™. But personally, I feel that there *are* people who need others to love them for them to see their worth, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Some people need that outside reassurance, because (for whatever VALID reason) they can't trust their own judgement.
The scene where Molly feels beautiful, personally, translated to me as her seeing herself happy made her feel relaxed and not self-conscious or alone - all the things that made her insecure in the past. When I do something good, it makes me feel good, which translates to me feeling like I *look* good. The fact that it was Reid making her happy honestly felt like a coincidence, not a causation. But that's just me!
Anyway, I digress. All in all, a fantastic read.
Why did I pick this book up?
Because Becky Albertalli wrote it.
Did I enjoy it?
I loved it. Easily one of my favourite books so far this year. Cute and fluffy but with a good dose of feels. Molly was extremely relateable and owned up to her flaws. Upside was funny and believable and I just sped through it. All the side characters were fantastic as well. If one of the characters said something problematic it was addressed on the page and the pacing was spot on.
How could I use it in my teaching?
I’d love to be able to work it in somehow, perhaps as part of a body confidence lesson. I’ll definitely be recommending it to my older students for pleasure reading.
Did I learn something?
I learnt about being a twin, a little about being Jewish and the importance of self acceptance.
Did it have good representation?
It did. It had lesbian characters, and on the page bisexual and pansexual characters. There was a minor gay character and Mina is American Korean. Molly also suffers with anxiety, but it’s just part of her character, not a plot device. Molly is also fat and deals with her thoughts on that. AND, her family is Jewish.
If Becky Albertalli isn’t on your instabuy list, she should be.