The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 9780062348708, 2017
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Realistic Fiction
What did you like about the book? Molly and her sister, Cassie, are pretty inseparable twin sisters. They have two moms, enjoy a good party, and are delightfully outgoing. Molly, though, is in an endless funk because she’s terrified of rejection. Cassie is constantly hooking up with her crushes, while Molly stands on the sidelines, waiting for someone else to make the move.
After reading the side jacket, I was dreading reading this book a little bit. After the first thirty seconds though, I fell in love with Molly’s dry sarcastic wit. This book was great for the humor alone. I really liked Molly’s character, although the self-deprecation and fat-shaming was a bit much at times. This was a sweet, feel-good, sort of story and I think high school readers will enjoy it.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It was really long — 336 pages to be exact, but I did finish it in one sitting.
To whom would you recommend this book? High school readers who like a love story with a lot of humor shoveled in.
Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Kasia Piasecka, Falmouth Public Library, Falmouth, MA
Date of review: 4/28/17