She Gets the Girl was supremely cute. It’s one of those books that leaves you with a smile on your face. And yes, while there’s emotional ups and downs, mistakes and fights on the way, it’s also just super swoony. This is perfect if you’re looking for a queer YA contemporary! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirtation. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand… not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just has not actually talked to her yet.
Alex and Molly do not belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she’s not a selfish flirt. That she’s ready for an actual commitment. And while Alex is the last person Molly would ever think she could trust, she can not deny Alex knows what she’s doing with girls, unlike her.
As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they’s the ones falling… for each other.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
She Gets the Girl is a book about being vulnerable. It’s about having the bravery to be who we are and to find who that person is. This book is seriously swoony. With dual POVs it’s normally easy for me to have a favorite, but with She Gets the Girl it’s impossible. I loved Alex’s giving and protected heart and her desperation to make things work. At the same time, I am deeply related to Molly being unable to confess her crush, but also her difficult feelings towards her identity.
Their character development is superb. I loved witnessing their friendship bloom. The ways that this starts as a mutually beneficial deal, but turns into two people, against odds, finding a friend. Just the banter alone is enough to rocket this to my fave list. And I loved how emotional and thoughtful this book is. We can get so fixated on someone, we realize that the person we saw, might not be the person they are. How we can take on the problems of those around us, just to not feel helpless.
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She Gets the Girl has a strong character foundation that the romance and angst only builds off on. It’s a book I finished way earlier than I thought because I had to find out how it ended – even though I figured I knew – I still needed to know! If you’m looking for a perfect summer YA romance book, She Gets the Girl has to be on your TBR. It’ll be a great beach read and will leave you beaming! Find She Gets the Girl on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.