Only Mostly Devastated
by Sophie Gonzales
YA LGBTQ, Romance, Contemporary
Summer love…gone so fast.
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 fairytale ending, and to complicate the fairytale 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.
Okay, from the premise of this book alone I was hooked! I mean, i am a huge GREASE fan, so instantly a story like this would have grabbed my attention, but the fact that it was a queer loose retelling made it all the better! I loved the contemporary setting and this book is actually similar to one of my own novels that I’ve written, so I think that’s why it has such a fond place in my heart!
Only Mostly Devastated follows the story of Ollie, who after having the summer of his life with Will Tavares, finds he has to move back to where he spent the summer to take care of his dying aunt. Though he’s sad to be leaving his old life behind, he realises he gets to experience his new life with Will not living on the other side of the country. Only when he begins at the same school, he realises all is not as it seems and Will is still in the closet.
I think this book portrayed a modern romance so well. It’s not all tradition and what you see in Disney movies; there is constantly going to be ups and downs. Although I’m not sure I fully liked Will at times, I’m glad that the author represented him in such a way to show that characters are complex, especially when they’re struggling with understanding their own identity and coming to terms with who they are.
This book was great for rep too and really gives an honest insight into a contemporary American high school. It was a really fun read and I found myself thinking about it every time I put it down!! I’m so glad I read this and can’t wait for what Sophie Gonzales writes next (and by the sounds of it, it sounds amazing!!)
Definitely perfect for fans of the likes of Alice Oseman and Becky Albertalli!