[English] The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

Da ich mir in letzter Zeit einige englischsprachige Bücher zugelegt habe, dachte ich mir, dass es nicht Schaden kann, auch mal eine Rezension auf englisch zu verfassen. Ich wünsche euch viel Spaß beim lesen! 😉

Cover von The Upside of Unrequited

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 11.04.2017
ISBN: 9780062348708
Pages: 336

Photo by Goodreads

Goodreads blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because 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. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And 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 an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?


The book addresses various topics such as homophobia, fat-shaming and jokes about jews but they have all been dealt with positively in the book.


OK I have to say one thing: I’ve really loved this book! While reading it I went through lots of emotions… I laughed and cried – sometimes simultaneously. Even though I haven’t read ‚Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda‘ which is in the same universe (#simonverse), I liked the characters and I enjoyed to be a part of Molly’s journey and characteristic development.

At first I have to mention Molly’s family: She’s got a twin sister named Cassie, a little baby brother called Xavier and two moms, Nadine and Patty. They are that kind of family in which everyone cared and looked out for another. Although I personally have neither a twin sister nor brother I could relate to the closeness of Molly and Cassie. While Molly is calm and artistic, Cassie appears to be ‚a total badass‘ and nothing seems to frighten her. The main characters are different inside and out, but they are still a good team and support each other no matter what happens.

Now to the love story: I’m definitely a fan of Reid (#TeamReid). He is so relaxed and nerdy and a big fan of Tolkien and I really liked him as a character. Will on the opposite is cool, good-looking and hipster-like. Although he is a very funny guy and also very kind to Molly, I don’t liked him at all and I cant’t exactly explain why.

My final thoughts are that this is definitely a book which I’ve read at the right time and right state of mind. I can relate to the well written characters on so many levels and I can really understand their thoughts and reactions. It’s totally a book that makes you happy and reminds you why you love reading books.


5/5 Stars ★★★★★