Get ready to fall in love with The Upside of Unrequited

I have been a huge fan of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda for years, so I was so excited to get to read The Upside of Unrequited. And you guys, this book is INCREDIBLE. It more than lived up to the high expectations I had going in, and it just so perfectly captured what its like to be a teenager and all the emotions that go along with that.

Wine Pairing

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

This book is all about the journey toward discovering the unexpected upsides to situations or components in our lives that we never would have expected to have upsides. It’s about seeing the beauty in yourself, about loving people despite their flaws, and about finding the power in opening yourself up to vulnerability.Because of that I’ve got to pair this book with this beautiful Upside Remedy wine. (As well as a giant bag of Cadbury mini eggs).

*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*

The Nitty Gritty

  • Title: The Upside of Unrequited
  • Author: Becky Albertalli
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • Pub Date: April 11, 2017
  • Pages: 352

Goodreads Description

30653853Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. 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. 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 a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.



My Review


There are so many great YA Contemporary novels out there, and this book, along with Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda, is certainly among the best of them.

YA novels are obviously about teenagers, but this book in particular captures the experience of being a teenager so incredibly well. This book made me remember some of the thoughts, emotions, and insecurities I had when I was a teenager that I’d actually forgotten about!

Molly is such a great main character. She has an incredible voice, an incredible heart, and she feels 100% authentic. Reading through her POV didn’t even feel like reading fiction. Molly absolutely came to life for me while I was reading this book. I think so many people can relate to the insecurities and angst that go along with finding the confidence it takes to make yourself vulnerable enough to be in a relationship. Not to mention the anticipation over waiting for that first kiss!

This also beautifully addresses the experience of being so close with your best friend and realizing that life is starting to take you down different paths. That is something that is so emotionally difficult and traumatic for all people, but it is something that you feel so much more when you’re young and experiencing it for the first time, and Albertalli really captured all of those emotions so well.

I loved Molly’s relationships with her wonderful family. Watching them all interact was so much fun and it was written in a way that felt honest and true. I fell in love with each member of this family, and I was so sad to leave them when I finished the book.

I am not part of a minority group and certainly don’t think that I’m qualified to judge whether or not a book has good representation in it. However, Albertalli’s many, MANY sensitivity readers should be considered good judges of that, and I personally loved seeing so much representation of various groups in this book.

This story was lovely. I cannot imagine a better way for Albertalli to follow up her incredible debut of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens. And speaking of Simon, there’s some AMAZING character cameos in this book, and OH, YES! There are Potter references!

This book comes out next month, I personally think EVERYONE should read this book, but if you have a young adult in your life, please, PLEASE share this book with them. I so wish my high school self would have had a copy of this book.


Cover Rating


Oh my gosh, I LOVE this cover. I thought it was fun and cute before, but after seeing Albertalli’s epic emoji usage throughout this book, I could not possibly imagine a better cover.

Swoon Worthiness


Reid is so great, you guys! I feel like I’m too old to use this phrase, but he is truly TOTES ADORBS! Every interaction between Molly and Reid is just so completely adorable and charming, and I just loved every second of the seeing the two of them on the page together.

Read all about Becky Albertalli here!



Are you a fan of Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda? Are you excited to read  The Upside of Unrequited? If you’re one of the lucky ones who’ve already gotten to read it, tell me your thoughts!


30 thoughts on “Get ready to fall in love with The Upside of Unrequited

  1. TeacherofYA says:

    Another rave review! I’m not a big contemporary reader (if you read my post I think you know that now, lol), so I will see about getting into this one! Love that wine you found!

    • YAandWine says:

      I think a lot of people feel the same way honestly. I love all genres of YA fiction, but sometimes that just makes my TBR pile become completely overwhelming. LOL. If you do want to read a contemporary though, I’d definitely recommend this one! Thank you!!!

      • TeacherofYA says:

        I love most of the books I read! I’m a lot like you…most of the books I read make me happy. After my last contemporary read, though, I need a break. That one slammed my heart around too much!
        I think I’ll try magical realism – a nice mix of contemporary and magic. I just got A Million June’s and it sounds great!

      • YAandWine says:

        Nice! That book does sound really great. It seems like my TBR pile always ends up with my reading a lot of the same genre in one month. Like February was all about the retellings, this month seems to be out the mysteries/thrillers. April is looking like a lot of swoony YA. I’m putting my official reading schedule for April together on Monday though, so we’ll see. 🙂

      • TeacherofYA says:

        I didn’t know you had a reading schedule!
        That’s how you must be so disciplined in posting! I try to post every three days at most. I don’t like going longer than that.
        And I have an old feature that I’m going to bring back…it’s something I used to do before you followed me, so I hope you like it! I’m excited to get back into more than just reviews!

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Hahaha. I have to, or else I can’t keep track of all the ARCs and trying to get reviews posted before pub dates or author events. I’m excited to hear more about this feature of yours!

  2. Book Princess Review (@_bookprincess_) says:

    I’m not really sure how, but I somehow missed Simon vs. when it first came out. Like, I literally don’t know what I was doing with my book life, and just in the few weeks I’ve only now realized that it was apparently epic and not to miss. ANYWAY, even though I don’t have the same excitement for the same reason, I’m superrrrrr excited to read it lived up to the superrrrrrr hype it is getting, and I can’t wait to devour this book when it comes out. I thought it seemed cute at first, but now after your review, it’s a must read. Wonderful as always!

    • YAandWine says:

      I think it took a little while for the book community to realize how awesome Simon was. I read it when it first came out, because she did a guest post on, and I used to write for them before I decided I wanted to do my own blog. I REALLY think you’ll enjoy this one, Mandy. We seem to have pretty similar taste in most books. 🙂

  3. The Book-Filled Day says:

    I’m bad and haven’t read Simon yet, but reading your review makes me think I should pick up both it and this one. Sounds awesome! I love when an author can catch the YA voice so well!

  4. The Hermit Librarian says:

    I did like Simon, though I thought it had some slow moments in it. I loved finding out who Blue was and I loved him. I wish we could have found out more about him, since he was a secret for so much of the book.

    I am definitely excited for The Upside. I’ve already got it preordered, in fact. Who doesn’t love a book that has Potter references? 😉

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I can see what you’re saying there. I do think this one has a faster pace than Simon did, but I’ll be really interested to hear what you think about it. Seriously, 100 house points to any book with a Potter reference included!

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