The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is the second Simonverse book, and it’s full of queer representation and high school romance. If you’re looking for something fun, inclusive, and easy to read, this is the story for you!
The Simonverse is very popular, and for good reason! It’s a world just like ours, only more inclusive of LGBTQ+ identities. The high school experience depicted by The Upside of Unrequited is diverse and relatable, which makes the book easy to engage with.
Molly, The Upside of Unrequited’s main character, is a boy-crazy Pinterest superstar. She’s one half of a duo, but her twin, Cassie, along with everybody else, seems to be miles ahead of her when it comes to romance. Never-been-kissed-Molly navigates crushes, would-be-boyfriends, friendship and family fallouts, and some very exciting wedding plans. Over the course of the book, Molly learns more about who she is and what she wants. She discovers that it’s okay to live life at her own pace, and she withstands the changing dynamics of her relationships.
The Upside of Unrequired is a coming-of-age story focusing on themes of identity, self-worth, and relationships. Like the other Simonverse books, it prioritises LGBTQ+ inclusiveness, so it’s a great representative read.
The Upside of Unrequited is the follow-up to Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda (but if you haven’t read that one, it could easily stand alone!). Becky Albertalli is also the author of Love, Creekwood and Leah Off the Beat, and she’s the co-author of What If It’s Us and Yes No Maybe So. You can stay up to date with Becky on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Have you read The Upside of Unrequited yet? If so, let me know what you thought! If not, what are your favourite LGBTQ+ reads?
Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: 11 April, 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
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?
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