Forever Friday is a weekly theme started by Weezie @ Weezie’s Whimsical Writings, where you’re to talk about a book you think you’ll love forever!
THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli
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 and 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 with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
Why I Love It
This book is just incredibly amazing on all fronts. The main character, Molly, is allowed to be fat, own her fatness, and isn’t required to get skinny in order to get the guy and be the heroine of her own story. Not to mention the love interest is fat too! Reid is the Softest, most lovable boy.
Also, queer identity is so vital to this story, even though Molly herself isn’t queer. She has two moms (bisexual and lesbian), her sister is queer, and there is a pansexual love interest for Molly’s sister. These labels, as well as asexual, are all used on page and viewed positively! There’s no jokes or derogatory comments about anyone’s sexual identity, and honestly, it was a giant breath of fresh air.
Taking medication for mental illness is also normalized in the text of the book, as it’s mentioned multiple times that Molly takes meds for her anxiety! And all the women in the novel are incredibly unique and lovable in their own ways, and I love them all.
There is so much to love with this book and I’m eternally grateful to Becky Albertalli to writing it.