While there is no breaking into song or tight leather pants, there is still a good dose of puffed-up jackets, high school dances, summer lovin’, and so many corny feels! Combine this with Gonzales’s razor-sharp wit and loveable characters, and this book will leave you only mostly devastated when it’s over.
Meet Ollie—socially awkward music-fanatic, who has just moved schools.
"Note to self: carry bass around everywhere and break into impromptu solo whenever anyone tries to force you into conversation."
Meet Will—super-chill jock with loads of friends, and the perfect-model smile.
Now these two go together like rama-lama-lama-ka-dinga-da-dinga-dong, except that Ollie is out and Will is thoroughly in the closet. Literally, he pulls Ollie into the school cleaning closet when he needs to d&m! The book kicks off (just like the musical does) after a summer romance between the two boys, when Ollie (very conveniently) finds himself at Will’s high school (due to some family drama that you’ll have to read yourself as *tissues*). So now the boys are classmates—so cue rekindling of their cute summer romance, right?
“He was a dick. So he had to be dead to me. Book the damn funeral, please.”
Wrong (obviously, we all remember Danny breaking Sandy’s heart with his smug face). Will is too preoccupied with his ‘basketball star and class clown’ street-cred, and pulls a ‘Danny’ on poor Ollie. Ollie—who is very comfortable in his identity—isn’t about to pine for Will, who clearly won’t acknowledge his existence in front of his basketball buds.
So cue the modern-day version of the Pink Ladies: Lara, Niamh and Juliette.
You’ve got three sidekicks to support Ollie through it all:
You’ll eventually come to love them as much as Ollie, as you go through their own issues with image, expectations, bullying and sexuality.
The year continues at Collinswood High. School life repeatedly throws Will and Ollie together, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve to keep the-heartbreaking-Will at a distance weakening. So cue all those romantic feels!
This is one of those beautiful books that deals with such important topics, while being an utterly beautiful rom-com at the same time. Only Mostly Devastated is the perfect antidote to the current times.
Publicist at Hachette Australia. Utterly hopeless at keeping up with my TBR pile. I am known to drop all books for a new historical romance. Best accompanied by a rosé.
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