Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales, ARC Review

The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via NetGalley. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my unbiased opinion.


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Only Mostly Devastated is a delightful YA contemporary with an authentic and thrilling voice that captured my attention from page one. Nowadays, many YAs don’t feel like they were written for the audience they were meant to, but Only Mostly Devastated is fresh and vibrant and vivid and simply one of the most authentic YAs I’ve read.

*coughs* We have excellent bi AND gay representation!!!!!

Ollie is such a kind soul with a very interesting and funny mind. Will is so misunderstood yet so sweet once you get to know him. I loved them both so much. Their chemistry and their arguments all felt so real as if they were my friends and I was reading their romance diary. I also loved their friends. They all had different personalities and were multi-faceted people, which I loved. The author not only managed to make these people fit together in a friends-group but also allowed them to grow throughout the story. Nothing in this book felt stilted or forced and static.

Only Mostly Devastated is full of life. And that means both the good and the bad. Not everyone goes to Ivy Leagues universities. Not everyone’s hobby is their life. But no one ever gives up. I loved this message the author chose to convey. It made the book and the characters all the more real and authentic to me.

I loved Only Mostly Devastated. It’s a book every teen deserves to read. Straight, questioning, queer; this book will make you feel and be seen and understood and also help you understand others. It’s fun and real. I strongly recommend this with all my heart.

5 stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author: Sophie Gonzales
Publisher: Wednesday Books / St. Martin’s Press

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