THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED
It follows the story of this girl, Molly Peskino-Suso, who has had 26 crushes, yet she has never been in a relationship. She is afraid to just dive in and admit her feelings to any of these boys because she is afraid of rejection. Molly has a twin sister Cassie, a younger brother, two moms, she is Jewish and deals with anxiety. When Cassie gets a girlfriend, all of a sudden she’s pushing her to situations where she has to interact with boys and wants her to get a boyfriend. Molly is so uncomfortable with this, because she’s worried about how boys would react because of her body image.
Basically, this book is really about her learning to find her footing and find her voice and essentially not to be scared of everything.
I was really captivated about the amount of diversity in this book, which comes across in a very natural and authentic way and these are discussed here;
- Two of the main characters have under-presented body types and the story is not really about their weight whatsoever, it is just a factor.
- We have different sexuality, whereby Molly’s sister Cassie is a lesbian. Cassie’s girlfriend is pan-sexual and Molly comes from a family with two moms, where one of them is bisexual.
- We also have some racial diversity, as one of Molly’s mom is a women of color and Cassie’s girlfriend is Korean-American.
- We also have a different religion being portrayed, as Molly’s family is Jewish.
- Molly has anxiety and she takes medication for it. This is not entirely the central point of the story, it is portrayed perfectly, very authentic and natural.
Another thing I liked about this book, was the family dynamics. Molly and Cassie are very close and it was really nice to see a positive sister relationship as opposed to siblings who are constantly fighting all the time. I also liked the representation of these sisters when they go through conflict. When Cassie gets a girlfriend, she spends more time with her and Molly feels left behind. It was really nice to see a realistic kind of conflict between the two.We also have a positive representation of two women being the head of the family. The relationship of the whole family is really strong.
I really enjoyed the characters and it is easier to relate to the main character Molly. Molly is family oriented, she spends more time with her family and friends. These characters are simple and I love that about the book.
Overall, I thought the portrayal of teenage-hood in general is very honest and real. It depicts exactly how teenagers behave. They drink, talk about sex, lie to their parents, they are insecure about a variety of things i.e. body image, romance. It captures all these elements that all teenagers go through to some extent. It was a nice book about teens, for teens that accurately displays teens. I really enjoyed that aspect of it.
It is so well written, fast, easy, and hilarious read. The writing style is fantastic. If you are looking for a fast paced book that can get you out of a reading slump, I recommend this book.
But there’s this awfulness that comes when a guy thinks you like him. It’s as if he’s fully clothed and you’re naked in front of him. It’s like your heart suddenly lives outside your body; and whenever he wants, he can reach out and squeeze it. Unless he happens to like you back.