The Upside of Unrequited
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.