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Only Mostly Devastated

Sophie Gonzales

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Hachette Childrens Books
01 March 2020
Children's & Educational; Romance & relationships stories (Children's&YA)
Ollie and Will were a summer fling; now they're classmates. But only one of them is out...

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets a modern-day, queer re-imagining of GREASE.

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?
By:   Sophie Gonzales
Imprint:   Hachette Childrens Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9781444956481
ISBN 10:   1444956485
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Recommended Age:   From 12 to 15 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

SOPHIE GONZALES is a YA contemporary author. She graduated from the University of Adelaide and lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she currently works as a psychologist. When she isn't writing, she can be found ice skating, performing in musical theatre, and practicing the piano. She is also the author of The Law of Inertia.

Reviews for Only Mostly Devastated

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 Foul Is Fair and The Dead Queens Club A delight! This heartfelt, queer update on Grease features a diverse cast of teen characters and a charmingly earnest protagonist in Ollie. - Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately 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 Oh my gosh, Only Mostly Devastated is SO GREAT! Funny and sweet and super gay, fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda are going to be all over it. It's totally swoon-worthy! - Cale Dietrich, author of The Love Interest Outrageously funny and terribly sweet, Only Mostly Devastated will tug at your heartstrings until they break, then weave you new ones made of pure gold. - K. Ancrum, author of The Wicker King


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