ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED BY SOPHIE GONZALES
Genre: YA, contemporary, LGBTQ+
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: 4.03 stars
Summary: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease
Summer love…gone so fast.
Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.
Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.
The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.
Ollie had a beautiful thing going on with Will in the summer by a lake, and the memories of it are still fresh when his family moves close to where Will lives his daily life. Little does Ollie know when he tells a few girls in his new class about the other boy they know Will. It makes things even awkward when Ollie discovers that Will is in the closet and he doesn’t want anyone to know about what happened in the summer. How will Ollie take these news? how will Will?
I have to take a back about this book. The first time i tried reading it i didn’t give it enough time to take me into it. The second time was the charm though.
The story is told by Ollie, the new boy in town, and we see how he struggles with the memories he has about Will and the Will he sees at school.
Ollie is a really funny character, i took a like for the character the second time i read it, he is a little witty though insecure and shy at times. I think he’s character was real and i could empathize with him pretty easily.
At first i thought i wouldn’t like the friends he got himself, but they grew on me, especially Juliette and Lara. Will was an easy character to care about too. He was closeted and afraid, as many young guys at his age are, especially living in a city where everyone knows every since forever.
The story runs pretty natural and fluidly. It has some parts more intresting than others, but i guess that’s a book for you. overall, it’s an easy read, not too difficult to follow, and it will keep you entertained. I wouldn’t say i read it in one read but i did sort of wanted to know how it would end.
The book even has the “only mostly devastated” line on it which i like finding on a book. (laughs at own silliness).
Overall, i think it’s a nice reading. It might not be the best book i read this year… but it wasn’t the worst either.
Would i recommend it? Well, yeah, to specific people. Althought that “Simon vs meets Clueless” ???? At least it didn’t feel that way to me.
I gave it 4 stars, to round it up a bit.
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