Title: Only Mostly Devastated
Author: Sophie Gonzales
Publication Date: 10 March 2020
Synopsis: Ollie and Will were meant to be a summer fling—casual, fun, and done. But when Ollie’s aunt’s health takes a turn for the worse and his family decides to stay in North Carolina to take care of her, Ollie lets himself hope this fling can grow to something more. Dreams that are crushed when he sees Will at a school party and finds that the sweet and affectionate (and comfortably queer) guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High.
Will is more than a little shocked to see Ollie the evening of that first day of school. While his summer was spent being very much himself, back at school he’s simply known as one of the varsity basketball guys. Now Will is faced with the biggest challenge of his life: follow his heart and risk his friendships, or stay firmly in the closet and lose what he loves most.
Format: paperback courtesy of Hachette Teen (Date A Book)
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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Representation: Ollie (main) is gay, Will (side character) bisexual and Venezuelan-American, Lara is bisexual, Juliette is a woman of colour, and Niamh is a “curvy” woman of colour with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Content warnings: Slight homophobia/homophobic language, some fat-shaming comments, some slut-shaming comments.
We’re just going to ignore that I’m re-posting my review, I feel like this one better encompasses my feelings of this lovely book, and it’s also the release day so, win/win.
I can absolutely see this being a favourite book for so many people.
The fact that this book was pitched to me as an “LGBT Grease” retelling immediately sold me on this book. Grease was one of my all-time favourite movies growing up and having an LGBT Grease-esque book out there makes my inner child so happy.
One of the things that I loved the most about this book was the side-plot involving Ollie’s family. More specifically his Aunt Linda and his cousins. I really loved reading about Ollie interacting with Crista and Dylan. They were so very precious, and it just made the whole story so much more to me.
I found Ollie to be an amusing narrator, and often found myself laughing out loud.
I am a massive fan of flashbacks, and it was so lovely to see some flashbacks to during the summer where Ollie and Will met. Some of their moments together were so sweet, and swoon-worthy. It set up their relationship really nicely, I think, and it just made me do the heart-eyed face at the page whenever they were alone together.
Another thing I really enjoyed is that the characters actually read like they were growing as people. I love that in a book when you can see the characters changing and improving upon themselves. It’s so lovely to see.
I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil the book, as its release day is just today, but it was such a lovely, lovely book and I think it would make a very cute movie, too.