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funny hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

CW: alcohol use, alcoholism, casual ableism, racism, emotional manipulation, toxic (parental & romantic) relationships

THIS IS THE CUTEST THING IVE READ THIS YEAR SO FAR. I cried, I laughed a LOT, it is heart-rending, adorable, fun, & so sweet. it deals with a couple heavy topics in ways that feel real & were handled well, in my opinion. I'd love a little bit of an afterword/epilogue with maybe a small time jump to where everyone's at a little bit in the future at the end of the book, but it's OK that we didn't get that. I understand, but still!

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vaniavela's review

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emotional funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

A lesbian book written by a married couple? Sign me up for that.

I really can't believe how much I loved this book. 

On one side we have Alex, who is a confident girl but has never been able to maintain a committed relationship.  Then we have Molly, a socially anxious teenager who has never had the courage to talk to the girl she likes. 

I liked the contrast between the two characters. I loved that both personalities complemented each other; Alex motivating Molly to come out of her shell and take risks, and Molly pushing Alex to be honest and express her emotions. 

Reading how these two beautiful characters slowly fell in love was absolutely everything. It was from a I-don't-love-you-so-much to friends to lovers, and I was fascinated by every single one of their scenes together. The way they open up to each other and feel so safe and comfortable around each other made me so happy. 

She Gets the Girl was a fun yet emotional read that I wasn't expecting at all.

I loved having two POVs; the authors complement each other perfectly. The fact that it's a collaboratively written book and is so beautiful shows the effort on both sides to add their unique touch. And gosh, I recognize that so much.

I can't help but stress how good this book is. I loved the writing style. The chemistry between Molly and Alex was superb, and I still think the fact that the book was written by a married couple in real life made it even more romantic. The slow burn kept me itching for more and I would have loved to see more of them as a couple. 

One of the elements I enjoyed reading about was the relationship and the impact the mother figures have on the characters. Seeing such different dynamics was quite enriching. Alex's mother struggles with alcoholism, and Molly's mother has a difficult relationship with her identity as a Korean-American adopted by white parents that she passes on to her. That speaking of, I felt a lot of affection with Molly's mom. I will be starting college in two months, and moving to a new city in one. I am extremely anxious being my first time away from home and outside of my family circle. Seeing the way her mom treated her reminded me of my mom. My mom already worrying about what I will eat, the friendships I will make, how I will survive on my own. I honestly cried watching their relationship. 

Overall, it was a pretty beautiful book and I enjoyed every second of it. Highly recommended to those who love sweet lesbian teen romances, with a bit of a slow burn, and that take place in college.

Content Warnings: absent parent, manipulation, abusive relationship, alcohol abuse, recovering alcoholic, recovering drug addict, internalized racism, underage drinking, dui, vehicular accident, anxiety, ableist language

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