December 29, 2017

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
After absolutely loving the audiobook version of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I knew I wanted to listen to Becky Albertalli's next book, The Upside of Unrequited, rather than just read it. Not sure what she has done to get such a great cast of narrators for her books, but I loved this one as well! Sometimes audiobook narrators can be terrible and completely ruin what would have otherwise been a great story, but once again this audiobook knocked it out of the park.

The Upside of Unrequited follows Molly and her twin sister Cassie, two girls raised by lesbian moms, who also happen to be a mixed-race couple. Cassie is also a lesbian. Molly considers herself to be the more unattractive twin, being uncomfortable with her weight and never having kissed a boy, while Cassie is gorgeous and can have almost any girl she wants. Throughout the story, Molly struggles with Cassie getting her first serious girlfriend and losing that closeness with her sister, while trying to find herself and work on romantic relationships of her own. Oh, and plan a wedding for her moms. 

I loved everything about this story. I really identified with Molly and her struggles with self image, and having family members beat her up over a "weight problem" since that has also happened to me. I loved the amount of diversity in this book, and that it was a big focus but not so much that it distracted from other elements of the story.  There was a point however where I almost stopped reading because I felt SO BAD for Molly. I just couldn't bear to keep reading about the terrible way that others treated her and what I thought was going to happen next in the story, but I pushed myself through and I'm glad I did! I am so happy with the way this story ended!

I also kind of hate myself for taking so long to realize that Molly and Cassie's cousin Abby is the same Abby from Simon! I know they're making a movie from Simon, but I really hope they make a movie about this one too! I also can't wait to get my hands on Becky Albertalli's newest book, Leah on the Offbeat!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

8 comments:

Gemma Jackson said...

I've heard so many good things about this one. I haven't managed to get into audio books but maybe I haven't just found the right one yet.
Gemma @ www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

Bewitched Reader said...

I have heard so many great things about this one!

Whispering Stories said...

I'm not a lover of audio books. Might see if I can catch this book at some point on my kindle. That is if I ever get through my tbr list.

DJ Sakata said...

This sounds enticing

Megan @ Ginger Mom said...

Isn't it amazing when you find that perfect narrator? They really make the book amazing!

Shelby Hawk said...

This book sounds amazing!! I will commend you for being able to do the whole audio book thing...I have tried so many times and I get so distracted that I forget that I'm listening to a book and then I have no idea what's happening! Terrible I know!! I really wish I could do that! It would be great to listen to a book at the gym!! Maybe you're right maybe it's all about finding the right narrator! I might have to try it again! Anyways, going to have to add this to my TBR list! It sounds great!

Gayathri Lakshminarayanan said...

I read and loved this book too. It is defintely one of the good ones this year.


Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

Caroline Andrus said...

Okay, first - every time I come to your blog I notice how gorgeous your photo is on the side bar. I love the rainbow books in your arms and all the books behind you and the purple sweater. Just.... GORGEOUS!

Okay, on topic now! I've seen this one around but I wasn't sure about it. Simon is on my TBR list though, so... maybe I need to try this one too! I had no idea it was by the same author.