Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 11th 2017
What does a sixteen-year-old girl have to do to kiss a boy? Molly Peskin-Suso wishes she knew. She’s crushed on twenty-six guys…but has kissed exactly none. Her twin sister Cassie’s advice to “just go for it” and “take a risk” isn’t that helpful. It’s easy for her to say: she’s had flings with lots of girls. She’s fearless and effortlessly svelte, while Molly is introverted and what their grandma calls zaftig.
Then Cassie meets Mina, and for the first time ever, Cassie is falling in love. While Molly is happy for her twin, she can’t help but feel lonelier than ever. But Cassie and Mina are determined to end Molly’s string of unrequited crushes once and for all. They decide to set her up with Mina’s friend Will, who is ridiculously good-looking, flirty, and seems to be into Molly. Perfect, right? But as Molly spends more time with Reid, her cute, nerdy co-worker, her feelings get all kinds of complicated. Now she has to decide whether to follow everyone’s advice…or follow her own heart.
I really, really loved this one. I’d read Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda last year, and included this book in one of my Waiting on Wednesday posts, so had to get it as soon as it was released. Molly and Cassie are great characters, along with all of the others. I love Becky’s writing style, as it flows so well and the characters are so relatable. This was the perfect read to get me out of my reading slump and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something light and breezy, with just enough drama and humour. I can’t wait for more from Becky and I’m so excited to see that she’s writing a spin-off of Simon called Leah on the Offbeat. I’m just gutted we have to wait until next year for its release.