A review by izzythebooklover
The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli

4.0

Actual rating: 4.5

I related a lot with this book and the main character. There were quite a few passages which really resonated with me. I'm definitely not like Molly in certain aspects, but I related to her a lot. I'm just going to leave here two of the passages that really hit home and made me love this book so much and nod my head in agreement.

“ I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”

Same Molly. Same.

“ [... ] I know it's not a competition, but I can't help but feel like I'm falling further and further behind. ”

The exact same thought that goes through my head every time I look around me and see people doing stuff like kissing, dating, falling in love, etc. Sometimes I even feel like there's a list with things that I need to check off before it's too late. It's stupid, I know. And it's never too late. But I guess it gets hard when you want something so much and know you have no chance. I don't know how love works. I'm pretty certain no one's ever liked me and sometimes I wonder if it's me, though deep inside I know that's a bullshit thing to think about.

The thing is, I don't know how it is to have a twin. Much less a sister. I don't know shit about crafts or being judged just because your weight doesn't match society's fucked up beauty standards.
But I know one thing. I know how it feels to want something to happen so desperately, to watch the people around you get into relationships and think you're falling behind.
But you're not.
I'm not.

This book was so great and I have a feeling I will still think about it years from now. And one day, who knows maybe I will get how it feels to be in a relationship. Maybe one day, I will look at this book and smile and remember Molly's story. And I'll remember Reid too.