My mom’s favorite movie is Grease, so growing up I’ve seen the movie so many times that I can belt out all the songs on a dime (although, trust me, you don’t want that). I even have my very own pink jacket with my name embroidered on it. So when I heard there was a queer, YA-inspired take on the 1978 classic, I was first in line to get my hands on copy of Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales.
Recap: 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, 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.
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.
What I didn’t connect with: Absolutely NOTHING. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s gush…
What I loved:
–Ollie and Will’s relationship. I will never stop shouting to the rooftops how adorable Ollie and Will were. I loved the progression of their relationship. It felt real and so sweet. I had a constant smile on my face every time they shared the page.
–The supporting characters were just as great as Ollie & Will. I especially loved Juliette, Niamh and Lara. I loved their friendship, I loved Juliette’s growth throughout the story, and one of my favorite scenes was when Juliette gives Will his very own the necklace to signify that he’s official one of them.
–The glimpse to Ollie & Will’s summer fling. In Grease, we know that Sandy and Danny fell for each other the summer before school started, but we never see any of the moments the two shared during that time. I loved that Sophie added flashbacks scenes to Will & Ollie’s time together before; it was really sweet to read.
–The length. When I saw that it was 288 pages, I was worried that the story would feel rushed and wrap up quickly, but I never felt that way at all.
Steam Level: 0.5🔥 (aka so much teen angst)