[[ Free eBook ]] Only Mostly DevastatedAuthor Sophie Gonzales – Carcier.co

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy meets boy spin on GreaseSummer lovegone so fastWill 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 Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, 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 toexcept 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 jerkOllie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week But then Will starts coincidentally popping up in every area of Ollie s life, from music class to the lunch table, and 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 againRight Right


10 thoughts on “Only Mostly Devastated

  1. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    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


  2. Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) says:

    I really, really enjoyed this I do wish we had gotten a littleshow and a little less tell in regards to the romance between Ollie and Will, but I still really enjoyed this and I could NOT put it down Not only was it super fun and romance y, but it also had some depth and really took a good look at grief and I liked it a lot I cannot wait to read what Sophie Gonzalez puts out next TW terminal illness, death of a loved one, homophobia


  3. Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨ Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨ says:

    I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK I requested this book from Netgalley for one reason it is branded as an LGBT version of Grease Instantly I thought, How can that not be great I was lucky enough to get this on a wish and oh boy was I right It was so great, so sweet, so nostalgic but still so fresh I am all out fangirl ing for this one I only have one thing to say get your hands on this book as soon as you canAll I d needed was a Destiny s Child song play I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK I requested this book from Netgalley for one reason it is branded as an LGBT version of Grease Instantly I thought, How can that not be great I was lucky enough to get this on a wish and oh boy was I right It was so great, so sweet, so nostalgic but still so fresh I am all out fangirl ing for this one I only have one thing to say get your hands on this book as soon as you canAll I d needed was a Destiny s Child song playing as an overture and it would ve been the greatest screw you since Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind OllieTHE THINGS I LOVED Grease One of my all time favourite movies is Grease, it always takes me back and makes me happy I absolutely love how this book drew on the overall concept of Grease and how it was, in many ways, delightfully recognisable You could identify the different characters in this book with the movie cast and certain scenes are reminiscent of the original But it was still a story all on its own and that was amazing LGBT There are too few LGBT books out there that truly represent what it s like to be LGBT I am bi, myself But I absolutely loved the different representations in this book, the closeted, the openly out and the confused It felt like a very real representation and it really hit home for me over and over again Ollie OMG if it wasn t because he was gay I would totally fall in love with Ollie He was so amazingly sweet, adorable and awkward, he had my heart from the first moment I was rooting for him right from the startNote to self carry bass around everywhere and break into impromptu solo whenever anyone tries to force you into conversation OllieLOL I am usually not the person who says or writes LOL but this book just embodies it so well There were so many passages that honestly had me laughing out loud, it was so amazing I mean, I can get a good chuckle going usually, but actually laughing is rare for me ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me forbook goodness Facebook Twitter Instagram


  4. C.G. Drews C.G. Drews says:

    You know what I just simply adored this I m heart eyes over it, but also in awe, because it tackled so many complex and serious topics AND managed to be an adorkable romcom that squished the air out of my lungs so many times No, no, I genuinely had to put it down and scream at one stage Out loud. You know a book is absolutely fantastic when it makes you feel absolutely e v e r y t h i n g the characters are feeling.omfg, Ollie, I was with you in that moment at the end We exploded together You know what I just simply adored this I m heart eyes over it, but also in awe, because it tackled so many complex and serious topics AND managed to be an adorkable romcom that squished the air out of my lungs so many times No, no, I genuinely had to put it down and scream at one stage Out loud. You know a book is absolutely fantastic when it makes you feel absolutely e v e r y t h i n g the characters are feeling.omfg, Ollie, I was with you in that moment at the end We exploded together view spoiler THE BASKETBALL KISS I WILL NEVER BE OVER IT I DIED AND I THINK WILL HAD A HEART ATTACK AND OLLIE ASCENDED hide spoiler is it too early to declare a book a favourite for 2020 No Good because here the cute first off, this book is goddamn adorable Ollie is the kind of narrator who is all gangly arms and unfortunate moments and has the softest heart of gold His family recently totally uprooted themselves to move closer to his dying aunt, and he babysits his little cousins all the time, plus is there for his aunt, plus lost likehis whole life And he just keeps on keeping on You can t keep this kid down, I swear And he s totally a social dork i love him but he manages to make friends at his new school with three girls who seem close, but also at odds And lo and behold his summer fling named Will who ghosted him goes to this school too.it s a recipe for disaster, quips, banter, and adorkable catastrophes.I laughed, I feel in love with the characters, I wanted to cry I just went through it all the heavy Look, this book deals with family grief, of the anxiety of watching someone dying, and it felt really respectful and weighted how it talked about it I LIKE when books know how to do the cute funny scenes, but also segue into serious moments And this book is also so massively about being queer and being closeted Ollie is out Will is so so deeply closeted the actual thought of anyone knowing he and Ollie had a thing terrifies him I thought Will was so well done, particularly when he was being an assholelike I got it I got why he hurt Ollie, and I got why Ollie got angry And the book really really delved into this discussion of you don t owe anyone to come out of the closet, you need to do things in your time, when you are safe But you can hurt people And that s still on you There was so much aching and longing and fear here And it felt real, and well handled, and I will justI will just cry on you I connected to so many of the topics here The nuance was just yeah still crying brb.Honestly, this one has characters who will fill your whole heart, addictive writing, and themes that resonate so deeply It s SUCH a good book omg what can I say but throw a lot of exclamation points at you


  5. Judith Judith says:

    3.5A hugely enjoyable YA romance which also tackles a serious subject very well.This is only slightly touched on in the blurb so I m not going to elaborate too much.The theme of the book isn t a new one.High school setting with an out character and one firmly in the closest.But this is truly engaging.Told only from Ollie s pov and I think I fell for him instantly.Ollie and Will have a summer fling.It s intense and passionate but once the summer is over Ollie is baffled by Will s silence.To make 3.5A hugely enjoyable YA romance which also tackles a serious subject very well.This is only slightly touched on in the blurb so I m not going to elaborate too much.The theme of the book isn t a new one.High school setting with an out character and one firmly in the closest.But this is truly engaging.Told only from Ollie s pov and I think I fell for him instantly.Ollie and Will have a summer fling.It s intense and passionate but once the summer is over Ollie is baffled by Will s silence.To make things worse Ollie and his family must move temporarily and Ollie starts a new school.Will s school and if Ollie was confused about Will s silence after their fling he s evenbewildered by Will s indifference to him at school.Ollie is befriended by three girls who kind of take him under their wing.These characters definitely added depth to the story.They re not the stereotypical high school girls.They re individual with issues of their own that I m sure any young person reading this will identify with.I read The Law of Inertia by this Author and loved it so I knew I liked her writing.She manages to tackle a serious subject here,which doesn t overwhelm the story,along side the romance between Will and Ollie.There are no on page sex scenes between the MCs at all.And I honestly didn t miss them.The story didn t need them.Strangely,I think I enjoyed the storywithout them.The story is very well crafted.It s sweet with a bit of angst,funny,with a serious side.Two highly likeable MCs,and great supporting characters.A YA story that will appeal to a lot of people.Maybe too much of a young feel for me but still very engaging Review copy provided by the publisher,via NetGalley.


  6. ✨ jamieson ✨ ✨ jamieson ✨ says:

    SUMMER LOVING, BUT GAY Greese inspired queer romcom pitched as Simon Vs meets Clueless SOPHIE GONZALES TELL ME MORE, TELL ME MORE


  7. Tucker (TuckerTheReader) Tucker (TuckerTheReader) says:

    Many thanks to Wednesday Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewIt ll get easier That s the beautiful thing about the universe It puts you through trials, but it never gives you anything you can t handle We grow from these things I know that everyone is comparing this to Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda and Grease but I would honestly say this was like a less graphic version of the Netflix show, Sex Education which, by the way, is a great show Go watch it Many thanks to Wednesday Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewIt ll get easier That s the beautiful thing about the universe It puts you through trials, but it never gives you anything you can t handle We grow from these things I know that everyone is comparing this to Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda and Grease but I would honestly say this was like a less graphic version of the Netflix show, Sex Education which, by the way, is a great show Go watch it So, what s this book about Only Mostly Devistated follows Ollie, a possibly jilted highschool senior Ollie is still trying to figure out his feelings for Will, his summer fling when he moves to North Carolina when his Aunt Linda s health takes a turn for the worse Ollie s still hoping he ll figure out what s going on with Will.At a party after the first day at his new high school, Ollie is shocked yet happy to see none other than Will Will, on the other hand, isn t so happy Alone, Will is sweet and cute but surrounded by his basketball friends, he wants nothing to do with Ollie And Ollie soon doesn t want to be with Will either Will is closeted, bro y and honestly kind of a jerk Unfortunately, he seems to flip from loving to cold every other day and Ollie can t tell what his true feelings are Now, he must decide what he feels and how to deal with it.The first thing I want to note is that this book is short Not bad short Good short Its only 272 pages at least my ARC is and moves very fast which I found quite enjoyable as it held my attention I also LOVED the highschool setting I m not yet a senior in high school but the first 50 pages of Ollie and his first day at school made me feel so nostalgic for my first day of high school which, as of writing was only six months ago although it feels like an eternity.Sophie Gonzales also does a good job of building characters I must admit that they are a bit cliche but that actually added to the overall sweetness and charm of the novel.Another great aspect was Ollie s family Specifically Aunt Linda Though there were some distant relatives and a grandfather who I never knew who passed away from cancer, I ve been fortunate enough to not be affected by it This book painted an emotional and real picture of dealing with cancer and loved ones who have it.Finally, I loved the theme of the book which is that everyone processes events and emotions at their own pace in their way That s something that everyone should keep in mind.Bottom Line 4 starsAge Rating PG 13 Content Screening Mild Spoilers Educational Value 3 5 Cancer, Sexuality Positive Messages 4 5 Dealing with grief, Optimism, Self love, Moving at your own pace Violence 0 0 Sex 1 5 Kissing, Sex themes, Illuding to sex, Discussion of sex Language 3 5 Sh t, D mn, F ck Drinking Drugs 4 5 Underage drinking, Medicinal drugs, Chemo Trigger and Content Warnings Loss of a loved one, Homophobia, Sexism, Body shamingPublication Date Publisher Wednesday Books an imprint of St Martins Press an imprint of Macmillan Genre LGBT Romance I felt like the ending was a bit abrupt but, overall, I enjoyed this highschool drama y novel Review to come Thank you Wednesday Books you guys i m getting an ARC i cannot contain my glee i can already tell that this is going to be a smash hit Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram


  8. ☆ Todd ☆ Todd says:

    Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease. With all of the many, many dramatics of the straight friends in the book, I definitely got a Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda vibe from the story, no doubt.But Clueless was extremely funny, which this book had its moments, but I didn t personally feel that humor played much of a role here At least not constantly, like in Clueless.And Grease Ummm, I didn t really feel that many Grease like moments, but I m not com Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease. With all of the many, many dramatics of the straight friends in the book, I definitely got a Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda vibe from the story, no doubt.But Clueless was extremely funny, which this book had its moments, but I didn t personally feel that humor played much of a role here At least not constantly, like in Clueless.And Grease Ummm, I didn t really feel that many Grease like moments, but I m not completely obsessed with that movie in the same adoring way that my hubby is The boy has a problem, I m telling you hehAs the story began, it was Ollie s first day at a new school in North Carolina, then over the course of the story, we got flashbacks of a summer fling that he d had with a local, closeted basketball player, Will, which seemed to end fine, only to be followed by a bout of extreme ghosting.Will had expected the end of summer to also signal the end of their short relationship, but when Ollie enrolled at his new school, Will freaked out pretty badly, exactly as I d figured he would Talk about your chickens coming home to roost.I liked both Will and Ollie, understanding all too well the predicament that they were in, but just like with Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda , I had the same feeling that their friends problems at least partially overshadows the main story in this M M YA romance.The one side plot that I was happy to include pages for was Ollie s aunt s cancer, and how Ollie stepped up to help with her kids Every single page of that sub plot felt genuine and packed with tons of emotion.However, I could ve honestly done without a few of the other side plots with Ollie s new gal pals Those parts felt long and drawn out, making me want to skip pages until we got back to the romance.The story had no steam, but finished with a very strong HFN, with the boys thankfully going view spoiler to colleges very close to one another hide spoiler , something that a lot of YA stories fail to end with, which never fails to piss me off.Overall, the book made me smile and left me in a hopeful, upbeat mood, the main reason that I read YA to begin with, so I d rate this one at around 3.5 stars and recommend it to YA readers looking for a manageable level of angst My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.See All My Latest Reads Review Quick Links


  9. Larry H Larry H says:

    This book is all kinds of adorable It was late afternoon, on the very last Wednesday of August, when I realized Disney had been lying to me for quite some time about Happily Ever Afters Because, you see, I was four days into mine, and my prince was nowhere to be found Gone Vanished Ollie and his parents moved to North Carolina from California for the summer when his aunt becomes ill He spends most of his summer at the beach, taking care of his young cousins There he meets Will handsome, This book is all kinds of adorable It was late afternoon, on the very last Wednesday of August, when I realized Disney had been lying to me for quite some time about Happily Ever Afters Because, you see, I was four days into mine, and my prince was nowhere to be found Gone Vanished Ollie and his parents moved to North Carolina from California for the summer when his aunt becomes ill He spends most of his summer at the beach, taking care of his young cousins There he meets Will handsome, kind, athletic, and fun and it s not too long before the two have completely fallen for one another But after Will leaves the beach to head home, Ollie never hears from him again no calls, texts, nothing.As if that s not enough for Ollie to deal with, his family has decided to stay in North Carolina to help care for his aunt for a year Now he has to do his senior year in a completely new school, which seems like the worst possible scenario Then he discovers that it s the same school Will attends, which is fantasticuntil he discovers that no one knows Will is gay, and worse than that, this version of Will the cocky, clownish, closeted bro isn t someone that Ollie likes at all.Ollie makes friends with a circle of girls, each with their own challenges to deal with Will is torn between wanting to spend time with Ollie and overcompensating whenever one of his friends from the basketball team comes by and could possibly suspect the truth about Will It gets to the point where Ollie is tired of being treated like dirt by Will, tired of being jerked around so Will can maintain his reputation.Meanwhile, as things with Ollie s family get tougher and tougher to deal with, Will s on again, off again feelings become a challenge for Ollie, too He understands what it s like not to be ready to share your sexuality with others, but Ollie doesn t deserve to be an afterthought But how many times can he be the butt of a joke from Will s friends or, worse, Will himself How can he stand by and watch as Will pretends to be someone he s not at Ollie s expense Only Mostly Devastated is a really sweet and funny book, with an added layer of poignancy I like the complexities that Sophie Gonzales gave her characters, so this was a little bitthan just a high school rom com Once again, when I read this book I found myself wishing something like this existed when I was younger and wondered whether there was anyone else out there who felt the way I did, and once again I m grateful we live in a world where books like these are plentiful.I ve got to question the marketing of this one, though it s being billed as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless in this boy meets boy spin on Grease The only similarity I see between any of those and the book is when Will s new friends realize that the boy he s been talking about is someone from their own school a slight parallel to that scenario in the movie Grease.As with many rom coms, there s nothing earth shattering about Only Mostly Devastated , but Gonzales writing is so engaging, and its story is one you want to root for Can you ask for muchthan that NetGalley and Wednesday Books gave me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available Only Mostly Devastated publishes March 3.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at


  10. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at soon as I heard inspired by Grease well Much like the band TLC I will fully admit I ain t too proud to beg either and did everything in my power to acquire an early copy of this one And as soon as Ollie started his new school only to run into his summer lovin Will who totally pulled a Danny Zuko with his popular basketball buddies by saying he spent his summer justYou know this old lady was like Find all of my reviews at soon as I heard inspired by Grease well Much like the band TLC I will fully admit I ain t too proud to beg either and did everything in my power to acquire an early copy of this one And as soon as Ollie started his new school only to run into his summer lovin Will who totally pulled a Danny Zuko with his popular basketball buddies by saying he spent his summer justYou know this old lady was likeOnly Mostly Devastated was everything I wanted it to be It totally had a Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda vibe as the blurb promised not so sure about the Clueless namedrop not really accurate and it wasn t even necessary when the book is a guaranteed winner like this one , Will totally had some legit reasons for being a bit of a turd, Ollie was a great understanding friend, but not afraid to use his words and was unwilling to be a doormat just to make someone else s life easier, there was just enough teenage drama, and of course it all culminated at the high school dance, where you can find romance, maybe it might be loooooooove .I ate this sucker upHighly recommended Endless thanks to Wednesday Books for the early copy You got me feeling all Rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dongShoo bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boomChang chang changitty chang sha bopDip da dip da dip doo wop da doo bee dooBoogedy boogedy boogedy boogedyShoo be doo wop she bopSha na na na na na na na yippity dip de doomWop ba ba lu mop and wop bam boom