alic_is_bored's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted sad tense fast-paced
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  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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honeybunchesofoats06's review against another edition

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

4.5


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theespressoedition's review against another edition

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emotional lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

I went into this book really wanting to adore it. I loved Five Feet Apart and really disliked All This Time, so I didn't know where this one would stand, especially since I had seen dozens of rave reviews about it on bookstagram. Unfortunately, it was very middle-ground for me.

The characters were a little bit of sorta-grumpy/sunshine but neither were particularly likable.
I realize that I don't fully relate to YA anymore since I'm a good decade older than the characters in the book, but even still, I had hoped I would find something that made me "bond" with one of them. I think that's what most people hope for when reading: to feel seen. But these girls? They were just... really annoying, honestly.

I really liked the plot, but the execution was strange to me.
One girl helps another girl to woo her crush but they inevitably fall for each other instead. I mean, that's cute, right? Normally it would be, but I have to go back to how unlikeable the characters are...

...You don't really want to root for either of them in this scenario. Alex is a selfish flirt who is so set on using Molly for her own gain: to make her current girlfriend treat her better. The fact that she's such an intense flirt made her unappealing from the get-go. No one wants to root for a f*ckgirl.

Molly is so obsessed with her crush that she treats her mom like absolute crap (which gets resolved in the most frustratingly early 2000's Disney way of the mom apologizing when really it was the kid who was a jerk) and ignores everything else in her life for a chance to win Cora over. Bleh. I didn't want her to even get the girl but instead, make up with her mom in a mature way! Yeah, her mom has issues too, but communication could've resolved a lot of that and if she was boasting about them being "best friends" at the beginning of the story, it was strange to not have them act like it at all.

I don't know... the more I think about it, the more the story gives me the ick. I just wish I liked it more.

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lindseyhall44's review

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lighthearted fast-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

4.5

I was so excited to read this book after seeing the lovely cover, and it was everything I had hoped it would be (and more)! Never in my life have I flown through a book so quickly, while wanting to savor every last minute.
She Gets the Girl follows Alex and Molly as they embark on a dating scheme to end all dating schemes. Both of them have their heart set on another girl, but maybe just maybe they’ll find themselves falling for each other in the process (You’ll have to read to find out).
One of the many things I love about this novel is the popular tropes which are intertwined into the plot and then promptly flipped on their heads. For example, fake dating elements are included into Alex’s five step plan, but are not as traditionally executed as in the typical format. This made the story feel so much more fleshed out and real, while still preserving the cheesy and predictable moments I know and love. The charecters are another aspect of the novel which really shine through, and even if I wouldn’t act in the exact same manner, I understood , sympathized, and loved them all the same. This paired with the college campus environment created a unique and special YA romance.
Overall, I would highly highly recommend checking out for your next read (check trigger warnings of course)

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adellabianca's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful 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

3.5


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jadatrack's review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted fast-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

4.5


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frankiejo's review against another edition

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emotional funny lighthearted relaxing fast-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

4.25

this was so cute omg,,,

i found the characters and their relationships intensely believable. and relatable. VERY relatable. my therapist will be hearing about this book /j

really the only part of this book that i didnt vibe with was the enemies to lovers/hate to love this book was marketed as. its more "brief dislike to really good friends to lovers." that didn't really bother me, because i don't have any strong feelings about that trope, but if that's like, your favourite trope, then just know this version of it is very mild. really, the only thing that i minded on that front was that the initial dislike felt a little...exaggerated after the fact. there were some points in molly's narration where she talked about how she totally misjudged alex at their first meeting and feels absolutely terrible, i...didnt really see that? i mean, their first meeting mostly consisted of alex saying something rude and molly being quietly peeved about it. that doesnt seem to me like a misjudgement, more like getting off on the wrong foot a little bit. i don't know.

but something that i did like on that front, especially in the early parts of the book, is that their relationship feels very equal. i think in enemies to lovers, the early stages in the relationship can feel like "one person bullies the other, who lays down and takes it." that's not the case here. yes, alex is a touch sarcastic towards molly (she tones it down as they get closer, which is also nice) but molly has her fair share of snark too and is more than capable of engaging. her problem seems to be that she can't start a conversation. she seems okay at keeping them going.

i felt the characters had distinct voices, which is important when the POV alternates from chapter to chapter. i also liked the characters' relationships with their respective mothers and the contrast in them.

i was a little nervous going in, since both alex and molly spend most of the book pining after other people, but i was rooting for them in the end. i hated natalie (alex's girl), which i think i was supposed to. but in the beginning, i thought cora was nice and her relationship with molly was cute. in the end, though, i was rooting for alex and molly. cora's not a sucky person like natalie, though. i think the point was that she just doesn't have that much in common with molly. i feel like sometimes the book treats that as an actual flaw rather than as just incompatibility but that was a very minor issue. 

just a very sweet, nice book. some heavier topics are delved into (toxic relationships, alcoholism, and internalized racism) but the tone of the book stays fairly consistent. also, i didnt know where else to put this but: no closeted characters and no homophobia! 

rep; lesbian main characters, half-Korean main character, several sapphic side characters (i think this uni is just lesbians /j), blink-and-you'll-miss-it nonbinary character.

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purplepenning's review

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emotional hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0


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mallory10100's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing sad fast-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? It's complicated

5.0

this was so sweet 🥰 loved it!! highly recommend 

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trashboatwinter's review against another edition

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emotional funny 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

4.5


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