Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Only Mostly Devastated is the kind of book I wish existed when my kids were younger—a charming, funny, laugh-out-loud teen romance that reminds all readers love comes in a multitude of flavors, and they are ALL sweet.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times–bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light
“A delightful, heartwarming, heartrending story about family, love, friendship, and living your most authentic life. I couldn't put it down.” —New York Times–bestselling author Sandhya Menon
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 fairytale ending, and to complicate the fairytale 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.
Right? Right.
"Only Mostly Devastated [is] an instant hit and Sophie Gonzales one YA author to watch.” —Julia Lynn Rubin, author of Burro Hills

My Rating - 5+ Stars!

Only Mostly Devastated is a remarkable young adult romance. This Sophie Gonzales novel needs to be made into a movie. Now!

Will and Ollie are two boys who meet during the summer. In a surprise move, they are suddenly in school together come fall, setting them up for some intense and confusing feelings. 

Will's a closeted jock while Ollie is out and proud, making for a fantastic tale of a closeted teenager struggling with coming out while denying the boy who truly want to be with. 

There are many secondary characters who add immensely to the story. And oh lordy, the storyline about Ollie's aunt is devastating. Let's just say, if cancer is a trigger for you, avoid this one!

As for the writing, yes, it is great. The characters fully come to life, and the emotions jump off the pages. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Seriously, I cannot praise Only Mostly Devastated enough. If you are a fan of YA, this Sophie Gonzales novel is a must read! 

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