Molly has had many crushes in her seventeen years but has never dated or even kissed anyone. When Molly’s twin sister Cassie starts dating a cool girl named Mina, Molly fears that she and Cassie may grow apart. Mina and Cassie want Molly to date Mina’s hipster friend Will. This all seems like it should work out perfectly, except Molly has recently started a part time job and wonders if Reid, her co-worker and the son of the couple that run the store, might be more her type.
Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel The Upside of Unrequited does a great job exploring high school dating and the fears of rejection common to so many at that age. The novel also tackles the less common topic of the rift that dating can cause between friends, in this case sisters who are very good friends. A lot of people have had the experience of good friends seeming to drop off the face of the earth the moment they start dating someone. Cassie tries to include Molly in her new social circle of Mina, Will, and Will’s friend Max but Molly often finds herself out of her comfort zone. This is an entertaining novel that explores a frequently overlooked issue.