Last year I read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and absolutely LOVED it, so I was stoked to get my hands on Albertalli’s second novel. The Upside of Unrequited doesn’t disappoint either. I found it to be incredibly heartwarming and relatable, something I wish I could have sent back in time for my high school self to read.
I loved all of the characters in this novel. They felt super real to me. I especially liked how diverse the cast of characters is. It was also cool to read a book that takes place in the Washington, D.C. Metro area as I’m relatively familiar with that area.
It was also really cool that the main character was the cousin of one of the characters in Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I loved that interconnectedness and how it gave readers of both books a little reward. Of course, you can read this book without having read the other, which is great.
If you’re a fan of the TV show The Fosters, you’ll love the family dynamics and issues discussed in this book. If you love Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl or Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry that deal with changing relationships between twin girls, then you’ll dig this story.
There’s a lot to love in this book. Albertalli offers up some amazing, humorous, heart-wrenching writing and a heroine that is everything I want in 2017 YA novels.
Title(s): The Upside of Unrequited
Author(s): Becky Albertalli
Overall Rating: 4/5
Format Accessed: Hardcover
Imprint: Balzer + Bray