I feel so bummed when I anticipate reading a book that has created a hype among bookworms and it manages to leave me unsatisfied. Or turns out to be just-another-book that’s kinda Okayish, but not as good as it seemed to be.
I saw Becky Albertalli’s ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ all over the internet and was so excited to dive into it. It was not what I expected. At all. It’s not a good thing to hold certain expectations from something or someone, now I know why. It’s because of those expectations that you think so highly of that thing, and even if it turns out good, you still think, uh, so this is what the hype was all about.
Anyway, enough rambling, let’s get to the ‘actual‘ review part. The book revolves around a character called ‘Molly Peskin Suso‘ , who’s doesn’t exactly have a model figure like most of us. ‘Fat girls don’t always get what they really want‘ is the main theme of this book.
The characters are relatable, but only to those societies where gay/lesbian marriages are acceptable. Or are commonly heard of. It seemed to me that every corner Molly turned, stood a gay/lesbian couple. I actually cringed at that, I mean, come on, how many bi/pansexual people do you spot in a day? Or how many people do you know that aren’t straight? Because every now and then, most of the people Molly knew were either already bi/pansexual or suddenly turn out to be.
That aside, I kinda liked the easy-going-flow of the book. The story was easy to follow and I didn’t have to race my mind to keep up with the plot. Cassie and Molly’s relationship was portrayed beautifully, the twin bond was so wonderful. Also, Molly’s thoughts were somewhat relatable, her phobias and feelings are what a majority of us experience.
In the end, as every fairy tale works out, Molly got her prince charming and everything turns out to be absolutely fine. Except for Hipster Will, I feel bad for him.
This book is recommended to you ONLY and ONLY if you live in a country where same-sex marriages are heard of. Or where the rainbow flag swivels proudly. Otherwise, sorry to say, you’ll cringe your way through it. I didn’t want to come off as harsh, but this is what I thought about the book.
3.5 Stars for the easy-going storyline, Molly’s thoughts, and the twin bond.