Only Mostly Devastated | Sophie Gonzales | Review

“It’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.”





When Ollie meets Will over the 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 short of his fairy-tale ending.

A family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country – Will’s school – and 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, a basketball jock and, well, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie isn’t going to pine after a guy who isn’t ready for a relationship. But as school life repeatedly throws them together, from music class to the lunch table, Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

With the noisy drama of their friends as the backdrop – from ambitious Juliette and frosty Lara, to big-hearted Darnell and king-jock Matt – Ollie has a decision to make.

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?


Firstly I want to say thank you to Hachette for sending me a copy of this book and for asking me to be part of the blog tour. I am so grateful for the opportunity.

As soon as I found out that Only Mostly Devastated was a Grease retelling I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. Grease was one of my favourite childhood films, I just knew that I would enjoy this book. Retellings are so popular at the moment, and to find a unique story is very difficult but Sophie Gonzales has done the impossible! What added to my enjoyment was the LGBTQ+ element which really added to the already diverse nature of Only Mostly Devastated.

I really loved Ollie he was such a wonderful character, the things he had to go through in such a small space of time really broke my heart. It is important to state here that there are trigger warnings for grief and Cancer. Some parts of this book may prove to be a very difficult read and for those affected by the above I would advise that you do not pick this book up until you are ready to do so. Reassuringly, I would like to say that the topics are dealt with very delicately and in such a sensitive and justifiable way. I also loved Will. Yes he frustrated me and I found myself wanting to shout at the book numerous times but he certainly redeemed himself and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the situation he had found himself in. Another special mention for Lara. What a girl. She is so wonderful, maybe I would have liked to have seen a little bit more from her but only because I found that I loved her.

I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. I would sit down for a short period of time and fly through 50 pages quiet easily. I didn’t even realise how quickly I was devouring it. I love an effortless read, it is really refreshing from all the fantasy that I tend to read. I liked the flash backs at the start of several chapters it really helped me to understand the back story to Will and Ollie and were a welcome break from the story set in the present.

I will say that if you haven’t watched Grease it doesn’t matter, you can still pick up and enjoy this book. However I will ask where you have been in the past few decades, and will most definitely judge you if you haven’t watched Grease. What a film. I found that whilst I could definitely tell that it was a Grease retelling it wasn’t overpowering and could easily be missed by the storyline itself. I enjoyed spotting bits from the film and I really now have the urge to watch Grease. Only Mostly Devastated did the film justice whilst also creating its own unique story.

I would recommend that you pick up this book and will be looking out for more titles written by this author.

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