Audiobook Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
Publisher: Audible Audio
Format: Audiobook
Release Date: April 11, 2017

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I am so, so glad I finally got around to this one. And glad I listened to it, as the narration here was really great. The book itself is brilliant too, and like Kate in Waiting I found myself relating a lot to the novel’s main character.

Molly Peskin-Suso has had 26 crushes, but she’s terrified of rejection and very careful. (Honestly, when a lot younger because I’m getting old now, it felt like I always, always had some sort of crush.) But her sister Cassie meets a cute girl, who has a cute best friend, and if Molly dated said best friend, maybe – just maybe – she won’t lose her sister. But then there’s Reid, Molly’s co-worker, possible friend, who wears Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones t-shirts and sneakers that are way, way too white.

Molly feels like she’s the last person to kiss someone, is awkward around sex and crush talks, and doesn’t quite know how to bridge that gap between her and someone she likes. While Molly tries to navigate her feelings, she’s dealing with a new job, a changing relationship with her sister, and helping to plan her moms’ upcoming wedding.

Molly is dramatic in a way only teens can pull off, and she sounds like a boy-obsessed teen – hell, she reminded me a lot of myself at that age. She worries about being the last in her friends to have been kissed, worries about liking the ‘right’ boy and ends up in situations she’s not overly comfortable in, in an attempt to keep up her sister and her new ‘cool kid’ friends.

I really enjoyed this book, which is no surprise, but it is a lot of boy-obsession going on, and a lot of Molly’s internal monologue centres on her romantic options, as well as her perception of herself. There were really nice, realistic family dynamics portrayed here, too,

The narration was great, with distinctive voices for the characters that worked well to show their personalities a bit, too. It made this a delight to listen to. I can see why this isn’t for everyone, but it was most definitely for me.

Reading Challenge
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Prompt: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – High School/College Romance
Progress: 1/24 Completed

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