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Becky Albertalli’s 2017 book The Upside of Unrequited tells the story of Molly Peskin-Suso, a seventeen year old girl who is dealing with many changes. She has to deal with her new job and family relationships as well as finding love for the first time. To top it all off, gay marriage has just been legalized and her moms are getting married. This leaves Molly feeling like she’s the only one single person left in the world. However, she feels confident that things will work out for her just like they have for people before her.
Molly is in love with twenty-six boys but hasn’t found a boyfriend yet. She’s an expert on unrequited love, and she imagines finding the boy who will return her feelings one day. She looks up to her twin sister Cassie, who goes after what she wants from guys and gets it. When Cassie meets Mina all of that changes; Molly can tell that Cassie totally likes Mina now.
Molly is attracted to Will, but she’s afraid of breaking up her relationship with Cassie. Mina and Cassie decide that Molly should just tell him how she feels. They think he’ll be a great boyfriend for Molly because they can all hang out together without having to sacrifice time with each other.
Molly is scared of her weight and this causes her to be anxious about what other people think. She takes medication for anxiety that makes her more withdrawn than Cassie, who doesn’t take any medication.
Molly has a summer job at an arts and crafts boutique. She meets Reid, the son of the owners. At first, Molly thinks she doesn’t have anything in common with him because he’s described as geeky and is not popular. After working together and getting to know him better, however, she realizes they may have more in common than she originally thought.
Molly feels conflicted between her feelings for Will and her feelings for Reid. She wants to be with someone who is popular, but she also has a crush on the dorky guy in class. Her friends tease her about liking him because he’s uncool, which makes Molly feel even more uncertain about what to do next.
The book tells the story of a teenage girl, Molly, who is trying to figure out how to be an adult. She faces many challenges and has trouble making sense of all the social pressures that exist for young adults. The author wants readers to understand what it’s like for teenagers today so they can make better decisions in their own lives.
Molly realizes that she is happy with her relationship and that it’s okay to wait for what you want. She also understands that other people don’t have the power to make her life miserable, only she has control over herself and how she lives her life.