The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli (2017)

Rating: 4.5 Stars30653853

Short Summary: When Molly’s twin Cassie gets a new girlfriend, the dynamic between them significantly changes while Molly comes to terms with her own body image and making sense of her own crushes.

What I liked: Abertalli did a phenomenal job creating an authentically diverse cast. It didn’t feel forced or planted, it felt 21st century.

The relationship between the sisters just felt authentic. Although I didn’t connect with either of them personally, this newness of a romance coming into the mix at the edge of 17 and it wreaking havoc on all other relationships is just so common. The resolution that these girls came to is exactly the message I’d want to send to YA readers everywhere. Things will change, permanently, and its not always bad.

What I didn’t: The story is predictable and pretty similar to what I’ve already read. I don’t love it like I love Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but it still made me smile, I was still enthralled with the writing.

Recommendation: If you’re looking for a light realistic fiction, and you’re a fan of Abertalli’s writing or Holding Up the Universe – absolutely give it a go.

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