ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED
Ollie and Will were meant to be a summer fling—casual, fun, and done. But when Ollie’s family decides to stay in NC, Ollie lets himself hope this fling can grow to something more. Dreams that are crushed when he sees Will at school and finds that the sweet and affectionate (and openly gay) 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.
As Ollie attempts to juggle a serious family illness, finding his place in a new group of friends that he seems far too uptight for, and adjusting to small-town life, the last thing he wants to do is worry about a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship. But as Will starts ‘coincidentally’ popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, 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, even if Will does have perfect hair. And perfect eyes. And the world’s most perfect freckles.
ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED is a YA contemporary novel pitched as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, about first love, finding your feet after your world tips upside down, and the sacrifices we make for the people we love. It is expected to release in Winter 2020 through Wednesday Books.
Advance Praise for ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED:
"A delight! This heartfelt, queer update on Grease features a diverse cast of teen characters and a charmingly earnest protagonist in Ollie. Gonzales handily balances lively banter with somber issues, and the compelling will they/won't they storyline warmly illustrates a timeless truth: love is love is love."
- Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately
"OH MY GOSH . . . IT'S SO GREAT! Funny and sweet and super gay, fans of SIMON VS are going to be all over this in 2020. It's totally swoon-worthy!"
- Cale Dietrich, author of The Love Interest
"Outrageously funny and terribly sweet, ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED will tug at your heartstrings until they break, then weave you new ones made of pure gold."
- K. Ancrum, author of The Wicker King.
“There can never be enough queer stories about romance—And when they are told with this much heart, humor and a swoon worthy story line, you never want them to end.”
- Angelo Surmelis, author of The Dangerous Art of Blending In
"Wry but earnest, sweet but irreverent, heartbreaking but hopeful. With wit and authenticity, ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED tells the story of what happens to a summer romance after summer is over. You'll be rooting for Ollie and his messy, wonderful friends from the first page to the last."
- Hannah Capin, author of The Dead Queens Club