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Partly Cute and adorable, partly disappointing!
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 25 August 2021
I picked up #OnlyMostlyDevastated because I felt that it would be my next comfort read. Unfortunately, it fell short of my expectations!
Two boys, Ollie and Will, meet and are attracted to each other on a summer vacation. But, when the holidays end, so does the relationship. Ollie is not happy about it until he finds out that Will is also a student at his new school. And we just go from there!
I enjoyed how over the top and dramatic yet absolutely sweetheart and insecure Will was. The voice was so PERFECT and it showed so much in his thoughts, feelings and behaviour! I would also like to highlight the sub-plot involving Will's family and his younger cousins that he takes care of was really interesting.
Now coming to the “meh stuff”! I didn’t enjoy the side characters - especially Ollie's friends. The conversations were boring and redundant. However, my biggest issue with this book is the love interest - Will. Yes, you read that right. I understand how everyone takes their own time to come out and we can't force people when they are not ready and all that, but honestly, it can't be an excuse as to why he behaved the way he did with Ollie. So many times Ollie mentions how it made him feel and yet each time he rationalises his hurt because Will was able to justify why he did what he did. And honestly, it's some annoying shit. He does kind of redeem himself but I am not convinced completely.
It started out so well, but it kind of couldn’t keep that up for long. I wish I could say that I LOVED this book, but I didn’t. Ollie’s really cute and while he may have found his “happily ever after” with Will, I feel he deserves a lot better.
WHY TO PICK THIS?
🏫Soapy Highschool drama
👨👩👧👦Family is important
😌Cute, funny & adorable
TW: Cancer, Death of a loved one, grief, trauma, homophobia among others.