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Only Mostly Devastated

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Lu par : Mark Sanderlin
Durée : 7 h et 48 min
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"[Narrator Mark] Sanderlin convincingly shares this LGBTQ romance, with emotions ranging from snark to sweet and everything in between, and serving up a satisfying conclusion.... A fun listen on a variety of levels, but make no mistake: it packs some great messaging without any nasty aftertaste. Yum!" (Booklist)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

"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 best-selling 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 best-selling author)

Will Tavares is the dream summer fling - he’s fun, affectionate, kind - but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his happily ever after, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy-tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to...except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted - and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts "coincidentally" popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

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? Right.

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books

"Only Mostly Devastated [is] an instant hit and Sophie Gonzales one YA author to watch." (Julia Lynn Rubin, author of Burro Hills)

©2020 Sophie Gonzales (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • Aly P
  • 12/03/2020

Great story with a lot of emotion

This was so emotional and sweet and sad and a great read! Ollie and Will fell for each other hard over the summer, but when they meet again at school, everything is different. I get that Will wasn't out to anyone and that's his choice if/when to tell people, but he gave Ollie the cold shoulder and I had a hard time liking him for most of the book. Ollie respected Will's boundaries and tried to move on, but Will kept sucking him back in and giving Ollie hope which wasn't cool. No one should be a dirty little secret and I kept hoping Ollie would find someone else to be with. The ending redeemed Will a bit, but I still don't think they're great together. The parts with Ollie's aunt being sick were so emotional and well done. I definitely got teary a couple times and really felt for the family. Great addition to the story. Great narration on the audiobook and the pacing was well done. The Grease connection is a bit flimsy, but I can see it.

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  • Robert Jason
  • 21/05/2020

Happily ever afters aren't a singular event

An entertaining fish-out-of-water queer love story with an interesting "Grease" hook/spin. "OMD" is exceptionally funny at times, and tugs at your heartstrings at the right moments. It works well to balance teenage angst with the big picture questions it asks.

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  • aco
  • 17/05/2020

Loved everything about this :)

The sweetest and mature story about teenage years. Written well and remarkably narrated! I recommend

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  • Renae McBrian
  • 08/05/2020

Not Just a Love Story

This novel is an amazing story about love, friendship, family, and the fragility of time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07/10/2020

Meh...

It started off really great, but by the end I was wondering what the point had been. I couldn't figure out what the main conflict had been and while the end was clearly supposed to be very sweet, I just found myself more and more irritated as I started to realise that any potential conflict had been resolved mainly by deciding we were wrong and without much effort or action by anyone. It felt like a relationship masterclass in accepting the bare minimum and in self resolution. All in all I would say it was just a nice story I suppose, but it left me wanting so much more from everyone. It was fine...

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  • CMB4062
  • 28/07/2020

Only Mildly Entertaining

I always struggle with the 3 star ratings... I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It's basically "Grease". Ollie is Sandy and Will is Danny. There are two friendship groups- the basketball boys (ie. The Thunderbirds) and the girls (who all have matching rose gold necklaces- ie. The Pink Ladies). Will and Ollie have a steamy summer at the lake. Will thinks Ollie is going home, but Ollie ends up staying and... SURPRISE! They are at the same school. But, no one knows Will is gay. He's pretty much a jerk to Ollie's face and a suckup whenever no one is around. That part was really annoying. He literally makes fun of Ollie's clothes, giggles at the gay jokes, etc..., but Ollie keeps making out with him on secret late night drives and then, at the end of the book, feels guilty for "not taking Will's feelings into account" enough. I enjoy this genre, so it was a likable read. BUT... not one that's likely to stick with me and did NOT fill the "Red, White, and Royal Blue" desire that I am constantly seeking to match! All in all, if you have some time to kill, read it. Otherwise, pass. "What If It's Us" and "Boyfriend Material" are a much better use of your time and money! Also, the narration was good, but I wish this book had also had Will chapters. I'd have loved to know what was going on in his head when he was being such a jerk!

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  • Christopher G. Bowden
  • 27/07/2020

Awesome youth romance/COA

I loved this book from the beginning. Sanderlin did a phenomenal job narrating and the story line ebbing back and forth from their summer spent together only added a fondness to the tale of two guys (Will and Olli) fighting stereotypes and fears to give in to their love for each other. It will have you laughing and crying - sometimes simultaneously. But it’s definitely one of my favorites, and I hope there is a second book so we can find out where Will and Olli’s relationship leads them as they navigate through college. Awesome job, Sophie!

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  • Hannah Giersdorf
  • 15/07/2020

Mild Gen Z Romance

Overall this was an enjoyable audio book. The main character is extremely likable, and his perspective on the relationships he has with the people around him are interesting. His vacillating between giving Will another chance and giving up on him also feels really genuine. Will is a character who actually seems worth dating, which is a nice change from a lot of these light romances. The side characters are forgettable, and the girls he makes friends with feel pretty much interchangeable. I also wish there was a little more to the relationship between Ollie and his father, because the one major scene they have together, coupled with all the other instances of family in the book scans a little weirdly, like there was a story line around the two of them that was cut.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 23/06/2020

Beautiful :,)

It was beautiful. Pulled all the heart strings. :,) Love is so wonderful. And I feel like a new person.

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  • sky
  • 29/03/2020

Perfect!!!

Only Mostly Devastated is truly everything I hoped for it to be. Every single character is an absolute delight and I fell in love with each and every one of them. They all learn an important lesson, they all grow so much, and I felt for all of them. Can't recommend this book/audiobook enough!!! I was first hesitant to get it as an Audiobook but Mark Sanderlin reads it perfectly. He is very authentic in the way he reads it and it's a very enjoyable experience to listen to!

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