Book Review | Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales [Out March 3, 2020]

★★★★

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales is the story of boy meets boy over the summer at the lake in North Carolina. Ollie, our storyteller, is from California and thinks he’s going back to San Jose at the end of the summer. The intention is that they were just visiting his sick aunt and her family but when it’s time to go back, his family tells him they’re going to stay in North Carolina for his senior year of high school. Most people can relate to spending your senior year away from the people you grew up with.

Gonzales started off giving me major Grease vibes with this one. After the summer, Ollie starts school and immediately meets the “Pink Ladies” or the rose necklace girls. It turns out, Will, Ollie’s love interest from the summer, goes to the same school even though he lives outside of town and is apart of the “T Birds” or basketball player group. As I kept reading, the Grease vibes went away but it was a fun start. We learn that while Ollie grew up in California and has been out of the closet for years, Will’s family and friends think he’s straight. This really is your typical “jock-doesn’t-want-to-come-out-of-the-close- and-thinks-his-family-will-judge” story. Don’t get me wrong though it was absolutely adorable.

The story is told going back and forth between present-day Ollie and giving excerpts from his time over the summer with Will. I loved the relationship Ollie had with his cousins that he babysits since their mom is sick. Then we learn about how tender and kind Will is with the younger cousins and you can’t help but want to fall in love with Will too.

Look, was it a predictable teenage romance? Yes. But, did it hit all of my emotions? Yes. I smiled through most of this novel. I was reading it on a plane, and at one point I had to prevent myself from sobbing in public. Sophie Gonzales does an amazing job of telling a beautiful story of friendship, family, and love. I enjoyed it from start to finish. It honestly reminded me a lot of a YA Hallmark movie. I would recommend picking this one up when it comes out in March!

You can pre-order Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales on Amazon now!

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s press for my advanced e-copy!


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Book Review | It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

★★★★★

“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”

Colleen Hoover, It Ends With Us

After Lily Bloom bombs the eulogy at her father’s funeral, she finds herself on a Boston rooftop where she meets Ryle Kincaid. Two strangers and they begin telling each other their “naked truths.” Six months after that night, Lily runs into Ryle again in unforeseen circumstances. Meanwhile, teenage Lily meets Atlas Corrigan who is living in an abandoned house behind hers. The story goes back and forth between present-day Lily and teenage Lily, who’s life we learn about through journal entries written as letters to Ellen Degeneres. 

Okay first, WTF kind of name is Ryle. Once I got past that his name was Ryle (not Kyle), I really loved this book. Colleen Hoover really pulled at the heartstrings with this one. I fell completely in love with Ryle from the very beginning. Throughout the novel I found myself playing the Team Ryle or Team Atlas game. It had the perfect amount of romance for me without being too cheesy or over the top.

The story itself was told really beautifully. There is a domestic violence theme in the book so I will give that trigger warning. You can just feel that this story means something to Hoover. Then I learned she wrote the novel from her own personal experience with her parents’ relationship growing up and was moved. For her to tell this story to her readers in such an impactful way was really special. 

To sum it up, I’m not a big romance reader plus this was my first Colleen Hoover book, but I loved it. In fact, it inspired me to read some more (light-hearted) romance novels. For how much I love Hallmark movies, I actually can’t believe I haven’t read more romance. This is besides the point. I highly recommend picking up It Ends With Us if you haven’t already. Plus I just learned Justin Baldoni is turning it into a movie! How exciting!

You can find It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover on Amazon.


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