Monday, December 18, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited By Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 11th, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by Arielle DeLisle
Source: Audible
My Rating: ★★

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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.

I really enjoyed Becky Albertalli's debut Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda so I immediately put this new novel on my TBR list, but it took me awhile to get to it. It was recently on sale on Audible, so I decided to do it on audio, and I think it might be one of the quickest listens I have ever done! I was obsessed with getting to the end and finding out what was going to happen with this story. It made me have a huge smile on my face the whole time!

A thing I really enjoyed about this novel is that it is body positive and it doesn't shy away from Molly describing her weight. I have seen other reviews say they got annoyed with Molly's obsession with her weight and how she thought she would never get a boyfriend because of it. I take beef from that stance, because when you are a teenager and you are a certain weight and it is constantly drilled into you that you are outside the "normal" it becomes ALL you can think of. Especially with how her grandmother treats her in this novel. Those well-meaning comments were extremely hurtful. I've been there. I might look average weight, but being told constantly you're whole life to "suck in your stomach" and other side comments about exercise can really take a toll on someone.

I feel a little conflicted about Molly's sister Cassie. I knew they had a tight bond and that Molly was feeling lost that they were drifting apart, but I think Cassie did some mean-spirited things at times. Like telling the guy she might like about her vomiting during her Bat Mitzvah! I was so annoyed at her! Even though Molly said this didn't bother her that much. In the end I was fine with Cassie, but at times I think she just made poor choices.

I am definitely a fan of YA contemporary and I love a good story about finding new love. It just warms my cold little heart! This novel was one that I just COULD NOT stop listening to. The narrator for this one was pretty good. I think she had some great voices between Cassie, Molly, Mina, and even her male voice for Reid was fine. I think it's hard for narrators to do voices of the opposite sex, although I think I am more forgiving when it's women doing men.

I don't think I can say anything else about this novel without giving it away, and I don't want to give any spoilers! This was a book that I blew through and just enjoyed so much. It's nice to just have fluffy love story!

Have you read this book? What do you like the best about it?

Happy Reads Everyone!