Author: Becky Albertalli Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 11th April 2017 Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary Pages: 336 --- 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, 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, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right? --- Side note: Coincidentally, I’m listening to Walking on Sunshine while writing this and oh my, it suits the book so much in my opinion ahaha.
So. Upside. Lots of feels, tbh.
I read Simon Vs. a good while ago and loved it. It was just fantastic. And I had high hopes for Upside and omg I was not disappointed. I love Molly Peskin-Suso with everything in me. And Reid. And Cassie. And Mina. And their moms. And their grandma. Even Will! The characters were just so amazing and riddled with diversity which is something I heavily encourage. Jewish people rep, LGBTQ rep, bodyweight rep, ethnicity rep… everything!! Talk about a groundbreaking novel.
And not only was it amazingly diverse, it was amazingly written. Molly as the narrator has such a strong voice that roots itself into you and you just can’t forget it. She’s such a loveable, funny and relatable character. She really made this book ten times better.
“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.”
But the plot – so fabulous!! I felt for Molly so much with having her sister getting a girlfriend and starting to drift off. My poor baby Molly was worried it would stay like that forever. But the ending was just incredible. I would re-read this book one HUNDRED times because it’s sooooo good.
And it’s totally made me appreciate Mini Eggs a lot more. 5 out of 5 stars because it’s glorious!! I urge you to read it right now ❤. Becky Albertalli will definitely be a featured author in the upcoming #LGBTQMonth !!