SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease
Summer love…gone so fast.
Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer 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.
Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and 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.
So, it’s been some time since I read a ya contemporary romance, I just wanted something that’s light, easy to read and I can fly through it. And that’s exactly what I got from this book.
Now, I make it sound like it’s super easy and all but that’s not the case, it actually has a dying person, the main character’s aunt has cancer, so it’s not all light and fluffy.
This book starts out with our main character Ollie who’s kind of sad because Will isn’t replying to his messages, he’s currently at this aunt’s because his whole family moved there to care for the aunt who’s dying. However Ollie thought that they’d stay a little and go home, he didn’t know that they’d actually stay. Like, stay, stay.
So, he goes to school, finds some friends who invite him to this party, where guess who appears? Well, Will, the guy who ghosted him. Ollie freaks out, what the heck is going on? Will also freaks out because he’s in the closet and Ollie kind of spilled some things to his friends thinking that they don’t know him, but they don’t say anything so don’t worry there’s no outing thankfully. Honestly, I’m not gonna say anything else, it’s ya contemporary, super easy to read.
I loved Ollie’s character so much! He’s awkward as hell, which same™️ he’s sweet and adorable and perfect with his aunt’s kids, I thought that those moments among them were precious and just full of love. I really liked his personality and rooted for him from the very start! He’s an angel! A literal cinnamon roll.
There’s a TON of diversity, besides queer characters, there are POC for example Will is Hispanic which is amazing, definitely need more of that representation in books! There’s also a plus size girl who wants to go into modeling, but some assholes do say some fat shaming things so trigger warnings for that. There’s a lot of diversity in here, which I’m so grateful for.
The romance between Ollie and Will was probably my favorite thing ever, they had a lot of chemistry, even when they were arguing I was like “KISS, KISS, KISS” it was sweet and just too pure. Because it’s ya we don’t get more than kissing, really, which is saaaad, but it’s ya, what can ya do.
It’s a book I see myself rereading more than once, because it’s under 300 pages you can definitely read it in a day, which is cool.
But that’s all I wanted to say, it’s a short and sweet book that I’d recommend literally to anyone. Thank for reading!