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She Gets the Girl is a sapphic novel so unlike others. I thought for sure I wasn’t going to like it because I was a bit over YA romance, but SGTG went above my expectations. It is told from the perspectives of Alex and Molly and they both have such distinct povs that I am able to distinguish the two before even reading the name at the chapter. The novel also deals with real-life issues profoundly well and I found myself blown away at the fresh viewpoint SGTG sets me in. The writing is addictive and I was flipping pages even before I knew I had reached the end. This book made me smile and it made my heart soar indefinitely. Before I forget to mention, the character build is a solid 5/5. The emotions are so richly described that I could literally feel the sensations radiating off the page. And the plot. This is one of the best [sapphic] romance plots in history. I’m so glad I picked up the book and I hope you do, too. Also, side note: (almost) everyone that matters in this book is part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
She Gets the Girl is a sweet read, that really packs a punch with some emotional things for both characters. The book may be pegged a romance, but it is more than that. It is about two people learning who they are and coming into their own. One of the things I liked about this book is that it is a YA book, but focussed on the years of starting college. It is a beautiful coming of age, rom-com that is sweet and full of emotion.
I loved the characters in this book. Alex and Molly are wonderfully developed with their own personalities and voices. I loved how unique these two characters were. How they set out for college with two ideas of the people they would become and how they supported each other to become that. I also loved the friendship they developed. Alex's backstory made me cry, she was so grown as a young woman starting college. I also felt for Molly, managing her own anxieties. I saw a lot of growth for both of these young women throughout the story. It was beautiful.
Yes, some of the story was predictable, as all rom-coms really are, but it was sweet and lovely. There were so many parts of this book that just made me laugh out loud, and mostly it was just the banter between Alex and Molly. We really knew they were meant for each other, before either of them realized it.
This was a great book and I look forward to reading future Alyson Derrick books, and more of Rachel Lippencott. Both authors have unique voices in their writing and I loved the story they created. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for a copy. All opinions are 100% mine.
This book was everything! I absolutely LOVED every part of this book. There’s just the perfect amount of angst, there’s a lot of humour, and the slow-burn romance is perfection. Alex has difficulty connecting with others, and her relationship with her girlfriend is on the rocks. She needs to convince her girlfriend that she can make–and keep–a friend. Molly has anxiety and wants things to be different in college than they were in high school, where her mother was her best friend and she spent way too many evenings curled up with her label maker. Her high school crush is going to school at the same university, and Molly has decided to make her notice her. But how can she do that? With Alex’s help of course! There are so many freaking cute and humorous parts to the book. Molly is so adorably awkward in literally every social situation, and Alex is the exact opposite. (The words too cool for school come to mind, LOL). One thing I find annoying about many Sapphic romances is that they’ll market themselves as “enemies-to-lovers” but then the main characters will bicker a smidge before tumbling into a relationship within a few chapters. In this book, the build up is a slow burn and Molly and Alex genuinely dislike each other at first. But they both need each other, and as they start to dig beneath the surface, they start to lose sight of the ridiculous schemes that brought them together in the first place. I cannot emphasize enough how good this book was! I loved the writing style, which was so casual and the tone fit the story perfectly. The chemistry between Molly and Alex was superb, and the book was written by a real-life married couple, which makes it even cuter! I would give this book more than five stars if I could! I highly recommend it! *Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for the ebook to review*
I was a little worried when this started that I was gonna hate it. I'm looking at you Natalie. Lucky for me, Alex & Molly are amazing characters that I totally fell in love with! If you haven't read this yet...seriously what is stopping you? Much love to NetGalley and the great folks over at Simon & Schuster Canada for my DRC.
What a fantastic read. I adored the story of fun, easy-going, flirty Alex Blackwood and shy, anxious, loner Molly Parker. Sassy Alex needs to prove to “a sort of on a break” girlfriend that she can be selfless and open up, yet she is scrambling to adjust to life away from her alcoholic mother. Molly who’s pinned after Cora throughout high school is hoping to break free from her Wallflower ways to find out who she really is. The two meet, butt heads but strike a deal to help Molly gain confidence and become Cora’s girlfriend by the time Alex’s sort-of girlfriend is in town for a gig. Their adventure in self-discovery, friendship and love is sweet and fun and I loved every single minute of it. I liked the ending but I also wish there was more as I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Molly and Parker and their shenanigans.
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If you love YA rom coms like “The Half of It”, “She’s All That” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, this is the book for you.
The storyline just makes sense in every way. I felt like a friend told me the story about how she met her girlfriend. The characters are very endearing. I was emotionally drawn to both and couldn’t wait for them to find their well-deserved happiness. I enjoyed them every step of the way. Although I didn’t want the story to end, I flew through the pages, excited about what would happen next.
This is a very well-written and entertaining YA adult love story that is important, relevant and relatable - especially for young lesbians out there. We need more of this representation ASAP!
I really loved this book! The university setting was pretty perfect (I'm a sucker for school setting books); it was a good sapphic enemies to lovers rom-com.
"She Gets the Girl" follows two main characters, Alex and Molly, through the beginning of their first year of university. The two could not be more different, but they work together in order to each "get the girl."
The book did tackle some heavier topics (alcoholism, emotionally abusive relationships, internalized racism), but the authors wrote it very well, and they were a big part of the story.
Both of the main characters were relatable and showed authentic emotions. Each girl had their own respective personal problems/character arcs, and they were complete and satisfying. Overall, this is a cute, feel-good quick read :)
A sweet, gentle slow burn romance between two girls who seem like opposites but find common ground in their combined searches to "get the girl." The book is sprinkled with lovely references to Cyrano and Twelfth Night as Alex helps Molly woo her Roxanne/Olivia/Cora, only to discover she's been chasing the wrong girl. Both characters are easy to root for and the subplots with their mothers add nice dimension to their character arcs. I'm pleased to see that early college settings are becoming more popular and that quiet, character-focused books without high concepts are getting ushered into the world. A joyful comfort read full of likeable characters and a well-earned Happily Ever After.