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I really really enjoyed this I do wish we had gotten a little show and a little less tell in regards to the romance between Ollie and Will but I still really enjoyed this and I could NOT put it down Not only was it super fun and romance y but it also had some depth and really took a good look at grief and I liked it a lot I cannot wait to read what Sophie Gonzalez puts out nextTW terminal illness death of a loved one homophobia It ll get easier That s the beautiful thing about the universe It puts you through trials but it never gives you anything you can t handle We grow from these things there are many reasons this could have earned a lower rating from me not my kind of writing style kind of a slow start But ultimately I bumped it to a four because I loved the representation of this book and the examination of the two characters behaviour and how eually this novel showed the strengths and flaws of both the main character and love interest full review to come on Monday on my blog 3 stars It was late afternoon on the very last Wednesday of August when I realized Disney had been lying to me for uite some time about Happily Ever Afters Only Mostly Devastated tells a cute but extremely formulaic story that is as memorable as a teen coming of age movie possibly of the Netflix variety I really wanted to enjoy this but I found the story to be unimaginative the plot to be uneventful and with the exception of Ollie and Will every single character struck me as being little than a stand in for a certain issuePositives Sophie Gonzales simple writing style effectively conveys Ollie s various thoughts and experiences Rather than loosing herself in a purply metaphors Gonzales has opted for a direct and plain prose and this first person narrative is perhaps the most accomplished aspect of Only Mostly Devastated Ollie hooks readers in right from his opening lines and keeps us entertained and engaged throughout the majority of the novel Thankfully Mom and Dad raised me to aim low to encourage a healthy contentment in hitting par Ollie s is an amusing narrator He is fairly awkward very sweet and has a lovely sense of humour He shows self awareness and self respect two things that are often MIA in a YA main character While he does use acronyms I had to google D and M and makes plenty of references to popular culture these were well incorporated into the narrative they didn t come across as ust random insertions If anything they made him into a believable teenager A week later and I was still getting lost often than the girl in the Labyrinth movie except I didn t even have David Bowie in tights as a reward for my efforts The Grease inspired story had potential This Will isn t the same after the summer scenario created a good amount of tension and angst Ollie is confused and hurt by Will s change of character from a sweet and sensitive boy into an obnoxious class clown who doesn t even want to be seen with Ollie The relationship between Ollie and Will was well developed While Ollie doesn t excuse Will s behaviour I m a dick because I ve always been a dick around my friends wasn t really an excuse he doesn t pressure him to make their summer romance public knowledge Ollie uite rightfully finds it intolerable to be someone s dirty secret yet he also understands the difficult position Will is in No one deserves to be outed against their will In spite of their disagreements and different attitudes readers can see ust how much they care for each other They share many tender moments and I thought that their ups and downs were very realisticNegatives The storyline starts well enough but soon fell into a predictable path We have a certain number of subplots following Ollie s friends and his aunt which were so thinly rendered "as to have little impact on the overall story Ollie s friends and his aunt seemed to exist only so that "to have little impact on the overall story Ollie s friends and his aunt seemed to exist only so that novel could address certain hot topics Sadly these characters were reduced to the issues they were contending with Take Ollie s new friends they ust happen to be the three people he gets to know on the first day One is there so the novel can include a hurried and extremely superficial discussion on body positivity She has few lines and they mostly have to do with her appearancebodydietsexercise regimeher personality was mostly non e 45 stars And life was too short to play chicken with something as important as the person you loved Ollie ust had the perfect summer romanceWill was sweet kind and genuinely seemed to get Ollie in all the ways his friends never didButit s been a few days since he got back from visiting his Aunt and Uncle and Will has gone silent And then Ollie s parents drop the news that his Aunt s cancer has gotten worse and the whole family is moving to her house to take care of her That s the beautiful thing about the universe It puts you through trials but it never gives you "Anything You Can T Handle "you can t handle grow from these things It s awful and Ollie can t stop thinking about it but on the bright side at least he will see Will againBut when that happensit goes no where near Ollie. SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy meets boy spin on GreaseSummer lovegone so fastWill Tavares is the dream summer fling―he's fun affectionate kind―but ust 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.
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Randed as an LGBT version of Grease Instantly I thought How can that not be great I was lucky enough to get this on a wish and oh boy was I right It was so great so sweet so nostalgic but still so fresh I am all out fangirl ing for this one I only have one thing to say get your hands on this book as soon as you can All I d needed was a Destiny s Child song playing as an overture and it would ve been the greatest screw you since Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind Ollie THE THINGS I LOVED Grease One of my all time favourite movies is Grease it always takes me back and makes me happy I absolutely love how this book drew on the overall concept of Grease and how it was in many ways delightfully recognisable You could identify the different characters in this book with the movie cast and certain scenes are reminiscent of the original But it was still a story all on its own and that was amazingLGBT There are too few LGBT books out there that truly represent what it s like to be LGBT I am bi myself But I absolutely loved the different representations in this book the closeted the openly out and the confused It felt like a very real representation and it really hit home for me over and over again Ollie OMG if it wasn t because he was gay I would totally fall in love with Ollie He was so amazingly sweet adorable and awkward he had my heart from the first moment I was rooting for him right from the start Note to self carry bass around everywhere and break into impromptu solo whenever anyone tries to force 35A hugely enjoyable YA romance which also tackles a serious subject very wellThis is only slightly touched on in the blurb so I m not going to elaborate too muchThe theme of the book isn t a new oneHigh school setting with an out character and one firmly in the closestBut this is truly engagingTold only from Ollie s pov and I think I fell for him instantlyOllie and Will have a summer flingIt s intense and passionate but once the summer is over Ollie is baffled by Will s silenceTo make things worse Ollie and his family must move temporarily and Ollie starts a new schoolWill s school and if Ollie was confused about Will s silence after their fling he s even bewildered by Will s indifference to him at schoolOllie is befriended by three girls who kind of take him under their wingThese characters definitely added depth to the storyThey re not the stereotypical high school girlsThey re individual with issues of their own that I m sure any young person reading this will identify withI read The Law of Inertia by this Author and loved it so I knew I liked her writingShe manages to tackle a serious subject herewhich doesn t overwhelm the storyalong side the romance between Will and OllieThere are no on page sex scenes between the MCs at allAnd I honestly didn t miss themThe story didn t need themStrangelyI think I enjoyed the story without themThe story is very well craftedIt s sweet with a bit of angstfunnywith a serious sideTwo highly likeable MCsand great supporting charactersA YA story "that will appeal to a lot of peoplemaybe "will appeal to a lot of peopleMaybe much of a young feel for me but still very engaging Review copy provided by the publishervia NetGalley Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless inspired by Grease With all of the many many dramatics of the straight friends in the book I definitely got a Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda vibe from the story no doubtBut Clueless was extremely funny which this book had its moments but I didn t personally feel that humor played much of a role here At least not constantly like in CluelessAnd Grease Ummm I didn t really feel that many Grease like moments but I m not completely obsessed with that movie in the same adoring way that my hubby is The boy has a problem I m telling you hehAs the story began it was Ollie s first day at a new school in "North Carolina then over the course of the story we got flashbacks of a summer "Carolina then over the course of the story we got flashbacks of a summer that he d had with a local closeted basketball player Will which seemed to end fine only to be followed by a bout of extreme ghostingWill had expected the end of summer to also signal the end of their short relationship but when Ollie enrolled at his new school Will freaked out pretty badly exactly as I d figured he would Talk about your chickens coming home to roostI liked both Will and Ollie understanding all too well the predicament that they were in but Jimmy: The Terrorist just like with Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda I had the same feeling that their friends problems at least partially overshadows the main story in this MM YA romanceThe one side plot that I was happy to include pages for was Ollie s aunt s cancer and how Ollie stepped up to help with her kids Every single page of that sub plot felt genuine and packed with tons of emotionHowever I could ve honestly done without a few of the other side plots with Ollie s new gal pals Those parts felt long and drawn out making me want to skip pages until we got back to the romanceThe story had no steam but finished with a very strong HFN with the boys thankfully going view spoiler to colleges very close to one another hide spoile. Ionship especially since this new bro yock 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 againRight Right. S expectationsIn factit s devastating I m really sorry He peeked at me but I still didn t reply I mean what could I say That it was okay Because it really wasn t But behind this cold exteriorOllie s Will still exists he can see his Will peeking out when others aren t aroundDoes Ollie give Will another chance Does Will even deserve itOhhh man This book was BRILLIANTIt had all the right feels in all the right placesOllie is a precious snowflake and I will defend him with my life He had such an incredibly fun perspective on life and it truly brightened the scenes I loved Ollie s love for music and his family it truly rounded out his character and endeared him so much I loved Will s How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar journey of acceptance and his development in this bookThe plot wasust the perfect slice of life it had laughs tears and made me want to hug the main characters and never let them goThis is definitely going to be one of my favorites in the book You know what I More scary stories for sleep-overs just simply adored this I m heart eyes over it but also in awe because it tackled so many complex and serious topics AND managed to be an adorkable romcom that suished the air out of my lungs so many times No no I genuinely had to put it down and scream at one stage Out loud You know a book is absolutely fantastic when it makes you feel absolutely e v e r y t h i n g the characters are feelingomfg Ollie I was with you in that moment at the end We exploded together view spoilerTHE BASKETBALL KISS I WILL NEVER BE OVER IT I DIED AND I THINK WILL HAD A HEART ATTACK AND OLLIE ASCENDED hide spoiler Many thanks to Wednesday Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review It ll get easier That s the beautiful thing about the universe It puts you through trials but it never gives you anything you can t handle We grow from these things I know that everyone is comparing this to Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda and Grease but I would honestly say this was like a less graphic version of the Netflix show Sex Education which by the way is a great show Go watch it So what s this book about Only Mostly Devistated follows Ollie a possiblyilted highschool senior Ollie is still trying to figure out his feelings for Will his summer fling when he moves to North Carolina when his Aunt Linda s health takes a turn for the worse Ollie s still hoping he ll figure out what s going on with WillAt a party after the first day at his new high school Ollie is shocked yet happy to see none other than Will Will on the other hand isn t so happy Alone Will is sweet and cute but surrounded by his basketball friends he wants nothing to do with Ollie And Ollie "soon doesn t want to be with Will either Will is closeted bro y and honestly kind of a "doesn t want to be with Will either Will is closeted bro y and honestly kind of a Unfortunately he seems to flip from loving to cold every other day and Ollie can t tell what his true feelings are Now he must decide what he feels and how to deal with itThe first thing I want to note is that this book is short Not bad short Good short Its only 272 pages at least my ARC is and moves very fast which I found uite enjoyable as it held my attention I also LOVED the highschool setting I m not yet a senior in high school but the first 50 pages of Ollie and his first day at school made me feel so nostalgic for my first day of high school which as of writing was only six months ago although it feels like an eternitySophie Gonzales also does a good ob of building characters I must admit that they are a bit cliche but that actually added to the overall sweetness and charm of the novelAnother great aspect was Ollie s family Specifically Aunt Linda Though "there were some distant relatives and a grandfather who I never knew who passed away from cancer "were some distant relatives and a grandfather who I never knew who passed away from cancer ve been fortunate enough to not be affected by it This book painted an emotional and real picture of dealing with cancer and loved ones who have itFinally I loved the theme of the book which is that everyone processes events and emotions at their own pace in their way That s something that everyone should keep in mindBottom Line4 starsAge Rating PG 13 Content Screening Mild Spoilers Educational Value 35 Cancer SexualityPositive Messages 45 Dealing with grief Optimism Self love Moving at your own paceViolence 00Sex 15 Kissing Sex themes Illuding to sex Discussion *of sexLanguage 35 Sht Dmn FckDrinkingDrugs 45 Underage drinking Medicinal drugs ChemoTrigger and Content Warnings Loss of a * sexLanguage 35 Sht Dmn FckDrinkingDrugs 45 Underage drinking Medicinal drugs ChemoTrigger and Content Warnings Loss of a one Homophobia Sexism Body shamingPublication Date Publisher Wednesday Books an imprint of St Martins Press an imprint of MacmillanGenre LGBTRomance I felt like the ending was a bit abrupt but overall I enjoyed this highschool drama y novel Review to come Thank you Wednesday Books you guys i m getting an ARC i cannot contain my glee i can already tell that this is going to be a smash hit Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA MEETS CLUELESS INSPIRED BY GREASEI expect to be only mostly devastated or else I am complaining to the manager for false advertisement I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK I reuested this book from Netgalley for one reason it is 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 toexcept Ollie finds that the sweet comfortably ueer 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 erkOllie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn't ready for a relat. .