She Gets the Girl By Rachael Lippincott
Book/Novel Author: Rachael Lippincott
Book/Novel Title: She Gets the Girl
She’s All That meets What If It’s Us in this swoon-worthy hate-to-love YA romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Feet Apart Rachael Lippincott and debut writer Alyson Derrick.Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. 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…hasn’t actually talked to her yet. Alex and Molly don’t 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’t 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’re the ones falling…for each other.
Omg, this book was ADORABLE. And I use that adjective because I had a blushy smirk on my face literally the entire time. I felt like I was watching someone I knew come up in the world.It’s a YA romance that feels so real. Maybe because I felt very at home reading it. The book is set on the campus of my alma mater, The University of Pittsburgh (#H2P), and I was like a kid in a candy store with all the local references. I lived in a single in Holland Hall my freshman year just like Molly!It’s well paced, with authentic emotions and witty banter. Panthers and Panther alums as well as Western PA readers will especially like it, but it’s well suited for every hopeless romantic in search of a good coming of age love story. :-LGBTQIA+ fiction-YA / young love-romance-Pitt!-roller skating-friends-to-lovers-enemies-to-lovers⚠️ :-alcoholismBechdel test: ✅
This book left me speechless once I finished it. She gets the girl was so funny and uplifting, that the tough moments hit like bricks. The authors did a fantastic job with character development and world building. I would strongly recommend this book to rom-com lovers and lgbtq+ supporters.
There are so many ‘lil lesbians and sapphics out there who are going to have their lives changed by this book (3.5)TW: alc0holic parent, parental abandonment, internalized racismOkay, I HAVE TO SAY THIS!! This is NOT enemies-to-lovers! I’m slightly irritated at the authors for calling it that when it’s literally just “you are not my favorite person” to “you are my favorite person.” It’s not even Lite Enemies™️. It’s not enemies!!That aside, this is classic YA romance. They don’t get together for AGES, but there are lots of hijinks, embarrassing moments, and good times to hold you over (the rollerskating date being my favorite). The depictions of first love/crushes were painfully realistic. LOVED that this was set at college and that it actually took place there. The discussions of class privilege were so great and added depth to the story. I loved both main characters, and felt they had distinct voices (which is partly because I listened to the audiobook). They also had amazing chemistry, both as friends and love interests. That makes this book worth the read on its own IMO.AND I love when books show relationships that are good, but not the endgame. There are so many relationships to have before you find The One (unless you get somehow really freaking lucky) and this book includes both leads in other relationships before they get together.Another nitpicky thing about YA in general: they don’t HAVE to say “I love you” by the end of the book for it to be a romance. They’ve known each other like two weeks. Let that step be for the future!!But more books written by married couples based on their own love stories pls.
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.