June 21, 2018

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336 pages
Published: April 11th, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0062348701


5 out of 5 stars

The upside of Unrequired is about Molly, a girl who has had twenty-six unrequited crushes because feeling insecure due to being a bigger girl makes her not act on any of them. Despite Molly’s twin sister Cassie and her friends telling her she should act on them, Molly is careful and can’t stand the idea of rejection. When Cassie gets herself a new girlfriend called Mina who has a cute hipster friend, and Molly finds herself a cute co-worker she’s finally trying to get over her insecurity and finally act on her feelings.

The story is written by the same author as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and it shows, as this book is the same very quick and extremely cute read that left me feeling warm and fuzzy. This book, however, left out the big amount of pop references making it a much more enjoyable read for me. The story is relatable (to the point I dropped it for a while because I found myself in a breakup and Molly’s insecurity hit way too close to home) and makes you yearn for the end result

Molly is an amazing character that I liked very much, but also felt whines a lot about her situation in life. Molly’s character grows a ton throughout the book, but I kind of wish she didn’t need a boy to get her there. Molly has a great and realistic relationship with her twin-sister Cassie who portrays realistically how different twins can be. The book is also incredibly diverse with Molly being a bigger girl, her mom’s and twin-sister being lesbian and bi without losing the meaning of the story or those characters being what they are just for the sake of diversity.

All in all, I loved this book very much. Molly is very relatable and makes you cheer her on in her road to self-acceptance and finally opening up to boys to land herself a boyfriend. The other characters are relatable and very diverse as well, I’d definitely recommend this to everyone that’s searching for a good contemporary to read.

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