ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED by Sophie Gonzales

ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED

Age Range: 14 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Summer lovin’ gets a Southern twist in this addicting coming-of-age gay romance.

Ollie’s year is not turning out the way he planned. First, his summer crush, Will, ghosts him and stops answering his texts. Then his aunt’s cancer advances to such a critical stage that his parents decide to relocate the family from San Jose to Collinswood, North Carolina, to take care of her. Suddenly Ollie finds himself starting senior year at a new school without friends, without his beloved band, but with Will, a varsity basketball captain who not only isn’t out, but initially refuses to be seen with him. Ollie just wants a fresh start, but Will makes that impossible, doing everything from sitting at his table at lunch to transferring into his music class. Watching the central lovers struggle to grow toward one another is just one of the many pleasures offered by Gonzales’ (The Law of Inertia, 2018) second novel. The diverse supporting cast—particularly Ollie’s new trio of female friends—is so richly characterized that readers will swear they bump into these girls in the halls every day. Scenes between Ollie and Will are tender and tense, complicating both boys’ emotional journeys authentically. Sweet and tart in equal measure, this novel reminds us that legalizing gay marriage didn’t necessarily make coming out in America any easier. Ollie is white; Will is Venezuelan American.

Poignant, piquant, and not to be missed. (Fiction. 14-18)


Pub Date: March 3rd, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-250-31589-2
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Wednesday Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2020




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