Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
· Publisher: Hachette Australia
· Release Date: March 2020
· RRP: $17.99 AUD Paperback
When Ollie meets his dream guy, Will, over summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. But once summer’s ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself one prince short of a fairytale ending. To complicate the fairytale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country—Will’s school—where Ollie finds that the sweet, affectionate and 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. But as Will starts ‘coincidentally’ popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, 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.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher Hachette in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
A modern-day LGBT re-imagining of Grease? Am I dreaming or is this real life? – Literally me when I heard about this book – and then of course my high-pitched squealing when Hachette sent me a copy to review.
Firstly, I just need to express how much I love Grease and the fact that this is the greatest thing to happen to me this year haha. I never knew I needed this in my life until I heard about it! I honestly LOVED this book! I never wanted to put it down – it had me rolling through all my emotions.
I swooned, I cried, I laughed and I got angry – if a book makes you feel, it’s a pretty damn good book and that’s exactly what Only Mostly Devastated did for me.
We follow our main protagonist Ollie, he is a sweet, kind of dorky and out of the closest guy – he’s been through coming out and has amazing supportive parents and family in general.
Ollie’s life is uprooted when his summer break vacation to his aunts turns into his family moving there to help care for her and her family whilst his aunt is battling cancer.
Whilst Ollie had an amazing summer fling with an incredibly handsome guy named Will and he soon finds himself attending the same school as Will, he learns that his fairytale isn’t going to happen – Will isn’t out and Will isn’t talking to him either.
Throughout the whole book you can pick up where this parallels with Grease and it’s nostalgic for me and dare I say… I love it even more than Grease *gasp*.
You spend the whole book pining for Ollie and Will to just bloody KISS! Whilst also feeling that heaviness on your chest of Will not being comfortable with coming out, especially in the relatively small town he lives in.
It’s not only Will hiding a secret, but also one of Ollie’s new friends – who shall remain nameless, because spoilers! – and I really felt their pain.
As someone who has personally only come out on Twitter and to a few select friends – it’s scary to know that being your true self and showing it will drastically change your life and the way others see you. And I know it’s kind of sad in a way that I feel more comfortable with telling my friends on the internet over my family.
Really, it’s about overcoming that fear that you shouldn’t even have and embracing who you are.
Ollie has, but will Will?
As mentioned above, this book had me rolling through my emotions, I was a complete mess at one point – I quite literally finished the book holding back tears after sobbing through several chapters towards the end – those that have read the book will know exactly what I am talking about *queue crying again*.
My heart soared and broke and soared again – I smiled through the tears and closed the book with a feeling of complete satisfaction. There is not one thing I can think of that I didn’t like about this book, I loved every single moment of it and my life would be complete if this gets made into a movie.