Only Mostly Devastated (Paperback)
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Only Mostly Devastated (Paperback)

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Published: 05/03/2020
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Waterstones Says

A scintillating queer update of Grease, Only Mostly Devastated follows the repercussions of Ollie and Will’s summertime romance, exploring heartache and coming out in an utterly fresh, funny and heartfelt way.

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Older Readers Prize 2021

Ollie and Will were a summer fling; now they're classmates. But only one of them is out...

It was the very last Wednesday of August when I realized Disney had been lying to me about Happily Ever Afters. Because, you see, I was four days into mine, and my prince was nowhere to be found.

"Please don't lose contact. I need to see you again," he'd said. So why was I here, banging my head against a metaphorical wall, weighing up the pros and cons of sending another message? This wasn't a big deal. It was just a guy texting another guy. A guy who knew all my biggest secrets, and had Seen. Me. Naked ™. A guy who'd convinced me he really, really liked me. A guy who'd better have been abducted by goddamn aliens...

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?

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781444956481
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A delight! This heartfelt, queer update on Grease...illustrates a timeless truth: love is love is love - Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately

Irresistibly cute and hilariously sweet, this book warmed my heart with its characters and love story - Mason Deaver, author of the national bestseller I Wish You All the Best

There can never be enough queer stories about romance - and when they are told with this much heart, humor and a swoon-worthy story line, you never want them to end - Angelo Surmelis, author of The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Funny and sweet and super gay, fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda are going to be all over Only Mostly Devastated! - Cale Dietrich, author of The Love Interest

Only Mostly Devastated is the kind of book I wish existed when my kids were younger - a charming, funny, laugh-out-loud teen romance that reminds all readers love comes in a multitude of flavors, and they are ALL sweet - Jodi Picoult, New York Times–bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light

A delightful, heartwarming, heartrending story about family, love, friendship, and living your most authentic life. I couldn't put it down - Sandhya Menon, New York Times–bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

Wry but earnest, sweet but irreverent, heartbreaking but hopeful. You'll be rooting for Ollie and his messy, wonderful friends from the first page to the last - Hannah Capin, author of The Dead Queens Club and Foul Is Fair

With razor-sharp wit, masterful comedic timing, and heaps of heart, these hilarious, lovable, heartbreakingly real characters make Only Mostly Devastated an instant hit and Sophie Gonzales one YA author to watch - Julia Lynn Rubin, author of Borro Hills

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