Monday, October 2, 2017

The Upside of Unrequited

I stayed up all night reading Becky Albertalli's The Upside of Unrequited.  As the parent of an infant who is in desperate need of sleep, this is the highest praise I can give a book. I mostly read board books these days, but had been waiting for something new from Albertalli, whose previous book I adored.

Molly is seventeen and feels like she will never fall in love. Sure, she's had plenty of crushes, but nothing has ever come of it. It doesn't help that her twin sister finds love easily. It also doesn't help that she is self-conscious about being overweight. It seems like she is doomed to a loveless existence, when there is suddenly possibility everywhere. Will she be able to get over herself to take advantage?

Albertalli has an incredible voice that makes me greedy for her words, similar to the way I feel about Jenny Han or Sarah Dessen's writing. I love how inclusive her novels are: Molly has two moms, her sister is gay and dating a pansexual girl, and there are many different races represented. So many different readers will see themselves in this book, and Molly has the most authentic voice for an overweight character. I was so excited to read this and am now tapping my foot, waiting for whatever Albertalli writes next.

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