Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited

In this fun and flirty novel Becky Albertalli effortlessly drops you in the middle of an idyllic high school group of friends. The more I read, the more I loved spending time with these girls, each with their own well developed voices and personalities. Following Molly through her first real job, evolving relationship with her sister, and countless crushes was reminiscent of the weirdest and most wonderful things about high school. While this is a love story it is more accurately a story about love -- familial, platonic, and romantic.

While she writes a diverse cast Albertalli does not manipulate any of these characters (most of whom belong to populations that have been highly under represented in literature) as plot devices or parodies, they simply exist in this world. It is not a book about diversity or acceptance, it simply dares to accurately represent the world without dramatic fanfare. The idea of teens reading this book makes me hopeful.

Because there’s nausea and fog, but there’s also this: an unshakable feeling that something wonderful is about to happen. That’s the part I can’t explain. No matter how unlikely, I always have a secret shred of hope. And as feelings go, that’s a pretty addictive one.
— The Upside of Unrequited. Page 56

Rating: 4/5

Mood: Eating raw cookie dough without threat of salmonella  

For fans of: Jane Austin, Jenny Han (Laura Jean & co), happy endings, nerdy boys