I’m working my way through Becky Albertalli‘s backlist and picked up The Upside of Unrequited, which is book two of the Simonverse (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the first, and Leah on the Offeat is the third and final installment).
From the publisher:
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
Just as I had hoped (and expected), Albertalli’s amazing authorial voice comes through loud and clear in The Upside of Unrequited. She does a great job capturing the often-conflicted emotions surrounding teen crushes and romantic partners.
In addition to exploring the familiar themes of homophobia and LGBTQIA+ issues, Albertalli also delves into body image, and how it feels to be unfairly judged by family members and loved ones.
I really enjoyed The Upside of Unrequited and I’m looking forward to completing the Simonverse trilogy soon with Leah on the Offbeat.