Review: Only Mostly Devastated | Sophia Gonzales

Only Mostly Devastated | Sophia Gonzales

Book Details

Hardcover: 278 pgs

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Synopsis

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 fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale 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.

This was definitely the type of book I needed in my life right now, something lighthearted. While this book parades as comedic love story, a modern rendition of Grease, there is much more to unpack in this little book than first anticipated.

Olly is a wonderfully well-balanced character. He’s funny, understanding, considerate, kind, and relatable. He’s very much comfortable with his identity and his family is even more so, which was refreshing to read. Though he had his faults, the strength of his character stems from his ability to acknowledge his mistakes and his weaknesses and to improve on them by the end. It may take him a while to see the truth of things, but thankfully, he DOES eventually come to see things as they are.

Olly and Will’s rocky relationship is very much similar to Sandy and Danny’s relationship from Grease. However, I thought the author improved on their relationship. While Will’s behavior is unacceptable, the author’s reasons for his misbehavior make much more sense than trying to “fit in.” Both Olly and Will have differing lifestyles, cultures, and expectations; these mismatched circumstances lead to a frustrating journey. The end of the journey is much more satisfying than the end to Grease, in that one doesn’t have to don a skintight black getup to be with the other.

There is more than just romance in this book. There is a surprising tragedy that takes place that helps ground the story a bit, and the other characters experience a variety of their own problems that help the story from being too simple or clichéd. I wasn’t a huge fan of any of Olly or Will’s friends nor was I invested in their subplots, but at least they were there to add some diverse emotions and situations.

Overall, I thought this was a cute, fluffy read that is rich with diverse characters and interesting topics of discussion. I wasn’t always convinced by Olly and Will’s relationship, as I wished there were more excerpts detailing their time together during the summer, but the ending is solid and the journey getting there was fun, if not exasperating.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

3 thoughts on “Review: Only Mostly Devastated | Sophia Gonzales

  1. Great review Azia! Yeah, their friends kind of annoyed me as well a bit! I thought they could have been a bit more fleshed out, but then again, it’s only a 300-something page book. But I thought the romance was sweet. 💕

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