The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli | Book Review [Spoiler Free]

This is spoiler free HOWEVER there is a spoiler right at the end (which is indicated).

I have to admit, this one slipped under my radar for far too long. Funnily enough, I’ve seen the cover for the Upside of Unrequited everywhere but I never knew, until recently, that it was written by Becky Albertalli or that it was a part of the Simon universe. Not that the latter matters too much although I will say that if you are interested in reading Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, I recommend reading that before this one because there will be minor spoilers in the Upside of Unrequited that could ruin your experience of reading Simon.

All that being said, the Upside of Unrequited is so beautiful, funny, and an overall rollercoaster of a time. The pacing and structure of the plot were incredibly well done and I found myself hooked from the very start. There is, of course, the main plot which follows are protagonist Molly but there’s a lot of things going on with the other characters that do play into Molly’s side of things, but are also just nice, contained little storylines of their own.

The entire book is framed perfectly with the narration from our protagonist Molly who is lovable and interesting and we need more characters like her, especially in young adult fiction. Molly really is the kind of character I would have benefited from reading about while growing up but she’s also the kind of character I need today. I found myself relating to her quite a lot. There were many times where Molly would describe how she was feeling in a particular moment or would react in a particular way and I just got it. I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure and relief it was to read about a character like Molly who looks and feels the way she does.

All of the other characters are just as enjoyable. Even the ones who aren’t mentioned very much at all. They were all unique and no two characters were the same. It was much more entertaining to read about characters that seemed to have their own, well thought out personalities. I genuinely think there’ll be something for everyone in this book, whether it’s in the plot or one of the characters.

Something I’ve realised, and love, about Becky Albertalli’s writing is how believable, relatable, and comforting it is. The absolute worst thing could be happening within the story and you still want to read on because you know it’s going to be good, even when the subject matter is bad.

There’s something so pleasant about reading a Becky Albertalli book that I’m pretty confident if you like one of her books, you’ll definitely like the rest.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ /5

Below is a SPOILER:

I do wish we had seen more of Molly and Hipster Will being friends. I genuinely liked him as a character and I enjoyed their scenes together. I also really, really want a story from the P.O.V of Hispter Will. From what we know of him from this book, I really want to get into his head.

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  1. […] I have reviewed Becky Albertalli’s other two books that are set in the same universe and both take place after Simon, those are Leah on the Offbeat and the Upside of Unrequited. […]

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  2. I read all three of Becky Albertalli’s books this year (excluding the one she wrote with Adam Silvera, “What if it’s Us”) and even though “Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” was my favorite, I enjoyed all of them. I’ve been suffering from some depression and anxiety and it’s nice to have something light to read once in a while. It’s funny what you said about Hipster Will, I never really gave him a second thought. I kept trying to figure out which hipster was Will and which was Max. Great review! 🙂

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  3. Yeah, her books really do balance happy moments and sad moments really well so they’re always a fun read in the end! Now that you’ve said that, I think I need to admit that at first, toward the beginning of the book, I kept getting WIll and Max mixed up as well :’) However, as the book went on I found Will kind of interesting and I’m curious as to what’s going on in his head, but anyway, thank you for taking the time to read my review!

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