Wednesday, August 2, 2017

3 Reasons You Should Read The Upside of Unrequited

Hey book lovers! In June we decided to check out The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Becky wrote one of our favorite books, Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda (which was a book club pick in 2015!). Simon Vs. is still on my all time favorites list so I think I speak for both Jen and I when I say this book was kind of an automatic “yeah I need to read that.” Let’s do a quick recap on what the book was about: 

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

So here we are! This book was full of all kinds of squishy goodness. It was kind of a perfect YA read, even if I think Simon Vs. might have edged it out just a little. Becky Albertalli knows how to write really good and realistic YA. Enough gushing! Here’s 3 reasons you should read this book ASAP. 

Diversity like woah

Heather Says:
This book has so much diversity, which is such a lovely addition to the YA world. Molly is a self described fat girl who is looking for love, with lesbian moms and a lesbian sister. He friends make up a ton of different race and sexual orientations. It felt stuffed full of diverse voices while managing to feel authentic to the experiences of young adults who don’t identify as cis white characters (not all of them anyway). I really love reading stories about experiences different from my own, so this was such a positive for me.

Jen Says:

The author did a great job with mixing up different lifestyles and perspectives and the emotions that are associated. Not everyone agrees with things being outside of the norm and the path to acceptance and understanding is devastating and sweet all at the same time. This story felt very true to life which felt unique.

Realistic portrayal of teens 

Heather Says:
I mentioned it above, but the teens in this book felt real. As a 30 year old lady, I have to accept that I’m moving farther and farther away from understanding teens. It’s sad, but this book is one that made me remember what it was like to be a teen. It brings back those feelings of insecurity and friendships that will last forever and the feeling that the world is yours and how intense first love feels. It was fantastic and I liked being able to feel like a teen for a few hundred pages.

Jen Says:
Man, everyday I feel more and more like and old, out of touch, lady who is still the coolest she has ever been, in her own mind. So yea, I don't really relate to teens or their struggles currently. I remember what it was like, but the memory is becoming seriously vague and not so relatable. However, this book really brought me back to those feelings of constant awkwardness and insecurities as well as how all consuming a fist love can be. 

Love Love Love 

Heather Says:
Oh gosh there was so much love in this book it made me feel all warm and gooey. Molly’s moms decide to get married after being together for years, Molly is possibly falling for two guys, and her sister is in her first real relationship. Besides romantic love, there’s a ton of friendship love, which might be my favorite kind. Friends who show up and get you and just love you as you are.  Even love between siblings, where you fight but always have each other’s backs. Gah! Guys, this has all the love you could ever want. It’s fantastic. 

Jen Says:
For reals, reading this book was like filling myself with hot, gooey brownies straight out of the oven. You got to see so many different versions of love in this book. Some where sweet and cute and others were tough and messy. But in the end, love conquers all and people can grow and rise above their preconceived notions of right love and wrong love. Love is just love, yah know?

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