The Up­side of Un­re­quited

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE RIGHT READ -

Au­thor: Becky Al­ber­talli Pub­lisher: Balzer + Bray ISBN: 9780062660480

THIS is one of the most de­light­ful sto­ries I have read in some time. It’s the tale of an un­der­dog – a fat girl – and her tri­umph dur­ing the most dif­fi­cult time of her life, the teen years.

The ma­jor­ity of sto­ries of this kind fo­cuses on the per­fect fe­male, com­pletely ig­nor­ing the more av­er­age girls.

Fi­nally, here is hope, in the form of 17year-old Molly Pe­skin-Suso who knows all about un­re­quited love.

Not that she puts her­self up for dis­ap­point­ment, but she gets crushes eas­ily, and of­ten – in se­cret. She’s care­ful. Molly can’t stand the idea of re­jec­tion, and be­ing fat puts her in the dan­ger cat­e­gory.

Her twin sis­ter Cassie, who is the op­po­site of Molly, is there to sup­port her – un­til she meets this cute girl, Mina, and be­comes a lovesick mess. Oh yes, Cassie is gay, and so are their par­ents who con­ceived them through donor sperm.

Any­way, Cassie tries to match­make Molly with Mina’s best friend Will, in an at­tempt to in­clude her. Will is cute, flir­ta­tious and per­fect boyfriend ma­te­rial, but then in comes Reid, Molly’s co-worker.

He’s a tad awk­ward and is a su­per Tolkien fan, and strangely, Molly has never been as at ease with a boy as she is with him. For a fat girl who fan­ta­sises about ro­mance and has se­cret crushes all the time, Molly sure has her fair share of at­ten­tion from the op­po­site sex, but first she has to over­come her own in­se­cu­ri­ties, and work hard to­wards that first kiss ...

A word of warn­ing though, this book con­tains some rather graphic lan­guage, but then, ev­ery­body in it seems to be un­ortho­dox any­way, so go with the flow, and you’ll have a great time.

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