Genre: YA Romance
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease.” So like, is a review even necessary?
Okay, but Oliver & Will meet over the summer and fall hard and fast. They part hoping to see each other again but knowing that probably won’t happen. Then Will ghosts Oliver and he’s super bummed and confused. THEN, his aunt’s health starts declining and his family moves from California to North Carolina to help take care of her small children. Not happy at all about leaving his progressive and accepting school and friends behind for a new school in the Bible Belt during his senior year, Oliver latches on to a small group of girls who take him in as their own. After unknowingly outing Will to his new friends, he runs into him at a party and what do you know? Will goes to Oliver’s new school and is one thousand percent a closeted basketball playing, popular jock. Hilarity, teenage angst, and drama ensue.
This was a fun YA read that I really enjoyed! I loved seeing the characters grow and learn, fight, and stand up for each other. I rooted for Ollie & Will, but loved the friendships he formed with each of his new friends as well. While this is kind of a mashup of previously told stories, the author’s refreshing take on it is so fun and cute complete with a few grand gestures lovely little moments that made me smile.
Thanks so much to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press, and the author for the e-arc. Only Mostly Devastated hits shelves March 3rd!