The Upside of Unrequited - A review

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The Upside of Unrequited - A review

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso is always careful. She’s the complete opposite to her twin sister Cassie, who is always trying to bring her out of her shell. 

The pair are used to doing everything together, along with their best friends Olivia and Abby, but when Cassie meets Mina and falls head over heels Molly can do nothing but watch them drift apart. It doesn’t help that while Molly has had crushes on exactly 26 different boys, she’s never actually kissed one and is suddenly feeling the pressure to catch up with her friends. Mina has a cool, hipster friend called Will who would be the perfect guy to start dating – then the four of them could stick together and hang out all the time. There’s just one problem, Molly seems to be falling for her slightly nerdy co-worker Reid and doesn’t know why or how to stop it.

The Review

The Upside of UnrequitedThis story is a classic coming of age teen drama, that I think a lot of young women will relate to. The feeling of being happy in yourself but at the same time not understanding any of your emotions is something every teen and young adult can empathise with. Molly’s struggle to identify what she really wants, and her desperation to keep her bond with Cassie strong, is very touching and you can’t help but really root for Reid who doesn’t care that his trainers are too white – he knows who he is and he likes it. A difficult thing to do as a teenager. If you enjoy real-life teen fiction, young love, and scrolling through Pinterest then this could be the book for you! 


Thank you to Penguin and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book to review.

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