Summer love…gone so fast.
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.
Sometimes, it can feel like there’s a book out there that’s ready to drop into your hands with a bow wrapped around it and tag with your name on it. It would be like the book was written just for yourself. Only Mostly Devastated is one of those books. When I came across the book one day through Twitter when it was compared to Grease. I thought “YES!” I am a big fan of Grease and I never thought there were book similar to it.
Looking back on it, I remember enjoying the story. It does follow the story of Grease. If you know the story/movie, you’ll be able to point out the similarities as you read through the book. However, this lead me wanting the story to move a little bit further from the musical. The story was original, but I guess I kind of wanted more originality in it? The characters were fun to read about although.
The cast of the story had the most originality and none of them reminded me of any other characters, not even Will and Ollie. Everyone were themselves and had their own arc to follow. There was one character that was not the very best in the beginning, but went through major development and became better at the end. It was a nice development to see.
At the end, Only Mostly Devastated is a good read and fun to read with the Grease inspirations. I believe if there were to be more bits and pieces to set the storyline apart, it would have been really good for all Grease fans. Even if you are not a Grease fan, Only Mostly Devastated will be easily enjoyed.