ARC Review | Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Only Mostly DevastatedTitle: Only Mostly Devastated

Author: Sophie Gonzales

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: March 3, 2020

“Maybe out Happily Ever After hadn’t worked on the first shot. And maybe Happily Ever Afters weren’t a singular event. Maybe they were something you had to work at, build, and never give up on, as long as they were something you still wanted.”

This was such a cute and fun story. If you’re in the mood for a spunky and heartfelt summer romance story, look no further. Only Mostly Devastated follows Ollie and Will after their secret summer fling has the potential to become more after Ollie’s family moves to the small North Carolina town to help care for his sick aunt. But Will isn’t the same boy from the summer and the two must come clean, if they want to be more than a summer romance.

Ollie and Will have great chemistry and you root for them immediately. It was great to see Ollie fall into a friendgroup that accepts him and loves him for who he is. It was a little harder to love Will in the beginning because he’s keeping parts of himself hidden and lashes out at anything that threatens that, but watching him grow and go after what he wants – not just what’s expected of him was inspiring. I loved the other side characters as well, but like Will, Lara was a little tough to like in the beginning with a prickly exterior and a pressing secret weighing on her chest she was kinda annoying, but I really grew to appreciate her role in the friendgroup too.

The Grease comparisons are perfect for this story and they do not let you down. Only Mostly Devastated is a queer romantic summer romp that will keep a smile on your face. And with a heartfelt and grounded family to back up the fluff, this is a book you won’t be able to put down.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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