Saturday, February 29, 2020
ARC REVIEW: Only Mostly DevastatedOnly Mostly Devastated
Author: Sophie Gonzales
Published: March 3rd, 2020 by Wednesday Books
Genres: young adult, LGBT, romance, contemporary
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC, 288 pages

Summer love...gone so fast.

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.

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5 Stars

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you!) in exchange for my honest review.
Inspired by Grease, this book is about two boys who meet and fall in love in the summer, but then they part ways as Ollie supposedly leaves to go back to his home state. But surprise! He’s staying!

Ollie, our main character, has uprooted from California to North Carolina to be closer to his aunt who has cancer. Although the transition is hard, he is a team player who constantly helps out by babysitting his younger cousins. He’s a bit socially awkward, but manages to make friends with a trio of girls (who were great side characters!), and is surprised when he sees the boy who ghosted him after their summer fling: Will Tavares.

This book was STUPID CUTE. But it was also full of deep, heavy feels, featuring familial grief and the anxiety of watching a loved one’s health take a sharp decline. There was also the issue if Ollie being openly gay and Will still being firmly locked in the closet. But Ollie and Will can’t seem to stay away from each other, even though the two of them are just a ball of angst! It was hard and frustrating to watch them be assholes to each other, but I could see from each of their perspectives why they did the things they did and said the things they said.

This book was also funny – Ollie was an enjoyable main character, despite all of the crap he was going through. But it effortlessly blended laughable moments into serious bits. I laughed, but I also cried a bit. Only Mostly Devastated was a perfectly titled book and I read it in a week, which is a big deal for me! It’s quick, barely flawless book that I hope to read again soon because it was just that delightful!

→ Total time spent reading: 6h 39m
→ Dates read: Nov 3 – Nov 10, 2019


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