Only Mostly Devastated
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease.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.Right?Right.

Only Mostly Devastated Details

TitleOnly Mostly Devastated
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherWednesday Books
Rating
GenreLGBT, Young Adult, Contemporary

Only Mostly Devastated Review

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    January 1, 1970
    SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA MEETS CLUELESS, INSPIRED BY GREASEI expect to be only mostly devastated or else I am complaining to the manager for false advertisement
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    SUMMER LOVING, BUT GAY !!!Greese inspired queer romcom pitched as Simon Vs meets Clueless? @ SOPHIE GONZALES .... TELL ME MORE, TELL ME MORE
  • Sophie Gonzales
    January 1, 1970
    For every ignored text. For every time someone said "I love you", only to forget it the next day. For every night spent lying awake thinking about someone, but mostly wondering if maybe they're thinking about you too.I wrote this book for all of them. Because sometimes if you cry for long enough, you start to see the funny side of it all, and I so prefer laughing to crying. Also, this book is queer af. And if you're here, there's a good chance you're looking for a book that's queer af (otherwise For every ignored text. For every time someone said "I love you", only to forget it the next day. For every night spent lying awake thinking about someone, but mostly wondering if maybe they're thinking about you too.I wrote this book for all of them. Because sometimes if you cry for long enough, you start to see the funny side of it all, and I so prefer laughing to crying. Also, this book is queer af. And if you're here, there's a good chance you're looking for a book that's queer af (otherwise, woops, you made a left turn back there when you were supposed to go right. It happens to all of us). Here are some other books that are queer af written by authors who are also queer af. Add them, read them, boost them. Because the only way to get more queer books out there is to support the ones that already exist. That's how capitalism works, boys, gals and nonbinary pals. https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...And lets do something fun! If you know an amazing, traditionally published / to-be traditionally published book that's queer af by an author who's also queer af, please recommend it in the comments below! Give everyone a new to-read list! Go!
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    are you kidding me with this plot? but, more importantly, are you kidding me with that release date?need it now!
  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    “Promise me we’ll find a way to see each other again.”“I can’t promise that.”“Then lie. Please.” I had a feeling going in I was going to enjoy this. With Grease, Simon and Clueless as comps, how could I not? What I wasn’t prepared for was how smart it was going to be, how often I was going to literally snort at the jokes, how much I would cry. Most of all, how freaking relatable everything was. The premise is familiar and Grease-like. Ollie meets Will over summer vacation and falls head over he “Promise me we’ll find a way to see each other again.”“I can’t promise that.”“Then lie. Please.” I had a feeling going in I was going to enjoy this. With Grease, Simon and Clueless as comps, how could I not? What I wasn’t prepared for was how smart it was going to be, how often I was going to literally snort at the jokes, how much I would cry. Most of all, how freaking relatable everything was. The premise is familiar and Grease-like. Ollie meets Will over summer vacation and falls head over heels. When his family decide to stay in North Carolina to look after his sick aunt, Ollie finds himself at the same school as Will, only to find that, here, Will is popular, rude and one of the jocks. Oh, and closeted. Ollie is adopted by a group of girls, and I think they might be the crowning achievement of this story. As much as I love the romance between Ollie and Will (and I’ll get to that later), the girls are freaking wonderful. You have Lara, who’s white, bisexual and bitchy in a way that’s reminiscent of Rizzo. But unlike Rizzo, she’s called on her shit over and over again. I think in the end that’s why I thought her bitchiness worked. I don’t mind gray characters, as long as they’re not allowed to get away with it. But she’s also a lot more than that! No spoilers, but by the end of the book Lara was my favorite character. Character growth, baby. A lot of it. Probably one of the best examples I’ve ever seen. There’s one particular scene with her that made my bi heart soar, when, following a slut-shaming scene revolving around Lara kissing another girl, Ollie tells her she can kiss whoever the f*** she wants. I literally fist-pumped reading that. The bi rep in this was incredible. And it also had some important discussions about how bi people are still bi if they’re in male/female relationships, which isn’t discussed enough, I feel. My favorite character aside, you then have Juliette, who’s black and a clarinet prodigy, loyal and sweet. Then you have Niamh, who’s black, fat and traditionally beautiful, who’s pursuing a modelling career in New York, while dating Darnell, a popular basketballer, who isn’t sure if he can drop everything to go with her while she chases her dreams. It was so refreshing to see a fat character get the guy and her dreams without needing to lose a single pound, and it has important discussions about the dangers of restrictive eating, especially as a teen. “Who needs love when you can have passion?” Lara said. NOW IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT OLLIE. Ollie is a cot-damn cinnamon roll. He’s just the squishiest, funniest, sweetest character I’ve ever read about, and he deserves the WORLD. THE WORLD, I TELL YOU. When he has that whiplash with Will…… you’re there getting whiplash with him. The amazing thing about this book is that even though the LI can be a genuine dickwad, he has those ‘hot then cold’ moments where you see exactly why Ollie adores him. I think that’s important, because so many books just expect you to believe the mc is in love with a terrible person, and you’re sat there wondering why on earth? I’m going well over my planned word count now, so imma wrap it up. In summary, this book is the funniest thing I’ve ever read (“I’d been a bush in a school play once, and, not to brag, but I’d been told I was a natural at it” – I spat out my drink here), it has some of the best, non-forced diversity rep I’ve personally come across (I can’t speak to the POC rep as I’m white, but the bi-rep made me tear up. It’s ownvoices, so I’m not surprised, but still!!!), a cast of characters who are completely gray, and more importantly, allowed to be gray and sometimes-shitty without being cast as villains (so often marginalized characters are presented as one-dimensional and not allowed to make human mistakes, and sometimes it can come across as patronizing). I read this in one sitting. It’s that good. 5 stars, can’t recommend highly enough.
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  • ♆Hayley (TheVillainousReader)
    January 1, 1970
    I need this so badly I could cry.
  • ellie
    January 1, 1970
    synopsis: pitched as simon vs the homo sapiens agenda-me: say no more.
  • Cassie Stever
    January 1, 1970
    I'm only mostly devastated that this book comes out in 2020 and we still haven't invented time machines.Look, a book loving bitch is impatient so I'm just gonna go crawl in my cave now and y'all can wake me up in 2020 when this book is released!!!
  • mahana
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsas an actual bisexual woman who's been a victim of fatphobic bullying her entire life and suffers from pcos, i'm genuinely upset at some of the shoddy representation in this book. review to come? i'm still fuming about some of the rep, so we'll see representation: gay mc, bi li, bi side character, plus sized side character with pcos, non-white main and side characterscontent warnings: biphobia, fatphobia, homophobia, death of a family member ✨ ARC kindly provided by Wednesday Books in e 2.5 starsas an actual bisexual woman who's been a victim of fatphobic bullying her entire life and suffers from pcos, i'm genuinely upset at some of the shoddy representation in this book. review to come? i'm still fuming about some of the rep, so we'll see representation: gay mc, bi li, bi side character, plus sized side character with pcos, non-white main and side characterscontent warnings: biphobia, fatphobia, homophobia, death of a family member ✨ ARC kindly provided by Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review ✨
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    this looks like the gay romcom of the century and i'm very here for it
  • Flora ❀
    January 1, 1970
    "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease." this is the single most amazing sentence i have ever read
  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my god, this sounds like those cute summer contemporary books only it's set after summer's over and has boys instead, yesssss
  • milou ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    you had me at inspired by grease but gay
  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    This book is PERFECTION. I had all the feels, and I just loved it SO much! The description intrigued me, but the book itself was so much more than I could’ve hoped for. Ollie, Will, Juliette, Lara, Naimh, Matt, and Darnell are multifaceted and compelling characters who I cared so much about throughout the book. I can’t recommend it enough!
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  • axel
    January 1, 1970
    grease but gay?? sign me the fuck up(also clueless hell yes)
  • ˗ˋˏ all my crooked spines ˎˊ˗
    January 1, 1970
    i heard clueless and i cant even remember putting it on my want to read list but clueless
  • Meg Miller
    January 1, 1970
    Will and Oliver meet at the lake and have the perfect summer romance, but they have to say goodbye when it's time for Ollie to go home to California. Then his family has a last-minute change of plans and stays in North Carolina to take care of his sick aunt and her family. Oliver is staring down the barrel of a lonely senior year at a new school where he doesn't know anybody. Until he bumps into Will. But this isn't the Will he knew over the summer. This Will is a popular jock, a basketball star Will and Oliver meet at the lake and have the perfect summer romance, but they have to say goodbye when it's time for Ollie to go home to California. Then his family has a last-minute change of plans and stays in North Carolina to take care of his sick aunt and her family. Oliver is staring down the barrel of a lonely senior year at a new school where he doesn't know anybody. Until he bumps into Will. But this isn't the Will he knew over the summer. This Will is a popular jock, a basketball star...and straight. Surrounded by the group of girls who adopted him on the first day (and one of whom he's not entirely sure he can trust), Oliver has to figure out how to heal his heart which remains stubbornly and hopelessly devoted to Will. The Will who doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with him. Or....maybe he does? Tell me more, tell me more!If you couldn't guess from my not so subtle references above, this is a contemporary, gender-bending retelling of Grease and I AM HERE FOR IT. It was SO cleverly done, including many of the familiar plot points from the original story but turning a bunch of them on their heads. In fact, it's really hard to review this book without giving away all the fun it has twisting and turning the original, and part of the joy is seeing where it all goes. So, I'm not going to give specifics. But let me just say that it's modern, it's feminist, it addresses gender identity and sexual orientation with care (including some people being insensitive and getting schooled on what jokes NOT to make), it explores how relationships need to be two-way streets, it talks about grief, it shows a beautiful example of facing life's disappointments and bouncing back, and it touches on body image and sensitivity...and I'm probably leaving out some of the issues it covers, because there's a LOT and it's all really well done. These characters have depth. UNLIKE the original, they aren't one-dimensional stereotypes. Rizzo is so much more than just a girl with a bad attitude and a reputation to match. Kenickie isn't just a dumb jock with the sensitivity of a brick. And Frenchie...oh, I love what Gonzales did with Frenchie, and in fact, wanted a little more of it. I was just continually impressed as I recognized shades of the OG characters who then developed and fleshed out in unexpected ways. I don't know how this hadn't been done before because as soon as I read the blurb, it was like, "DUH." This is brilliant and obvious. Of COURSE if Sandy was a guy, Danny (as a "straight" jock) would want to hide the relationship when they got back to high school after their romantic summer away. SUCH a good idea from Sophie Gonzales, and I bet a lot of other authors are kicking themselves for not coming up with it on their own. I loved it.***Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the delightful ARC in exchange for my honest review!***
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  • Katya Becerra
    January 1, 1970
    I get to read this early! Yes, it's ok to be jealous :)
  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsFirst: I LOVE this cover, holy hell. Such charmingly rom com vibes. But. I don’t know that I’d call this a rom com? I’m struggling to decide how to review and rate this one, since it was quite the emotional roller coaster. Some high highs, but some very low lows. I’m rounding down slightly on my rating because I had *such* high hopes for this, but I felt like some atrocious behaviors from some of the characters were glossed over in a truly unsatisfactory way. While I get that teenagers 3.5 starsFirst: I LOVE this cover, holy hell. Such charmingly rom com vibes. But. I don’t know that I’d call this a rom com? I’m struggling to decide how to review and rate this one, since it was quite the emotional roller coaster. Some high highs, but some very low lows. I’m rounding down slightly on my rating because I had *such* high hopes for this, but I felt like some atrocious behaviors from some of the characters were glossed over in a truly unsatisfactory way. While I get that teenagers are flawed and young and that it’s stressful not to be out and live true to yourself, that’s no excuse to treat someone else like shit. (Talking to you, Will and Lara). Issues aside, this was very well written and made me laugh at unexpected moments. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author, though hopefully with less angst and more, um, rom com. Some actual rom com would be nice.
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  • Swetlana (The Caffeinated Bookworm Life)
    January 1, 1970
    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease.Did I even need to read more to know that I want to read this book? It's up on NetGalley right now (only to wish for as I'm international) and I sure am going to try my luck as Wednesday Books just granted me another wish and I've reviewed books for them before! I'm definitely excited and ready to be swept off my feet with a new and fun rom-com! Blog | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Natalie (Natflix&Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Simon, Clueless, and Grease?! Oh, blurb writer, do you know the way to my heart (wallet).
  • maya b
    January 1, 1970
    I read Clueless and i was soldGayyyyyyy Greaseeeeeee things are looking up folks
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    A modern gay Grease?♫ Tell me more, tell me more ♫
  • Blue
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds a lot like a story a friend of mine wrote for our creative writing class. If this turns out anything like that story...this will be AMAZING!I needs to have it now!
  • Acchupta
    January 1, 1970
    Pitch: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda-Me, shoving bills into their face: TAKE ALL MY MONEY
  • alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    INSPIRED BY GREASE???? SOLD SOLD SOLD
  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about Grease, but Simon vs and Clueless are all I needed to hear.
  • May Regan
    January 1, 1970
    Me: *taps megaphone* Is- is this thing on?Okay, good. Listen up, cause I'm only gonna say this ONCE.THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK IS PITCHED AS "Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda" meets "Clueless" inspired by "Grease" AND I AM SHOOK. PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY. PLEASE TAKE IT NOW.
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  • Jenny Huang
    January 1, 1970
    holy shit this sounds so amazing why do i need to wait a whole year
  • Cheska the Great is Not Okay
    January 1, 1970
    I can see the Simon vs and Grease elements from the description, but how exactly is this like Clueless? lmao.
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