She Gets The Girl Book Review

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing She Gets The Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick.

Rating: ✯✯✯✯

She Gets The Girl follows our two protagonists, Alex and Molly, each on their mission to get the girl of their dreams. Alex has just been through a nasty break up and Molly can’t talk to her long standing crush, so Alex hatches a plan: get Molly and her crush together so she can prove she’s a good person and win her girlfriend back. But falling for each other in the process wasn’t part of the plan…

I really enjoyed She Gets The Girl; it’s definitely up there with my favourite contemporaries of the year. It was such a heartfelt, feel good book and it was so much fun to read! It was actually one of my most anticipated releases last month and it’s safe to say that it didn’t disappoint.

Of course, the thing which really made this book were definitely the characters. Alex and Molly were both such amazing characters and they were definitely what I was most invested in. I loved how different each of the girls were and I also loved how relatable they both were – I saw some of myself in both of them, which made it that much easier to connect with them. I definitely related to Alex’s issues being open and real as well as Molly’s general awkwardness and shyness around new people in particular, which was great to see.

The fact that both of these characters overcame these issues was also amazing. On a personal level it gave me a little more hope for getting past this myself whilst on a more general one it made for some fantastic character development. I didn’t think I’d see the day where Alex could be open and real or Molly could come out of her shell but I did, and it was lovely to see.

As much as I loved Alex and Molly as individuals, I also loved them together. Despite it taking a long time for them to get together (more on that later) the two still shared some really cute moments and I was rooting for them throughout… I wish they’d gotten together sooner! The roller skating scene was definitely one of my favourite moments from the whole book and was something I really enjoyed, and I also loved how deep and real their connection was.

Of course, I also really enjoyed the friendships in general. Obviously the main one was between Alex and Molly (who actually disliked each other at the beginning, so you could say this is an enemies-to-friends-to-best-friends-to-lovers) but Molly and Cora’s friendship also ended up being really lovely.

Family was another really important theme in this book. There was a really stark contrast between Alex and Molly’s family which was really interesting to see… Alex’s mother was a struggling alcoholic relying on her for money whilst Molly’s was incredibly supportive and didn’t give her daughter enough space. I really enjoyed seeing these two completely different relationships as well as both of them beginning to be resolved at the end.

I also really liked that this book was set during college. As someone on the older spectrum of YA it was really nice seeing characters who were a bit closer to me in age, and I loved all the unique college moments explored, like the changes you undergo in the next step in your life. I also really loved the games night – I’m hoping my roommates and I can do something similar when I start uni in September, haha!

However, despite all of those wonderful aspects I did have one minor issue with this book. I feel like the slow burn in She Gets The Girl was a little too extreme, and I wish we could’ve saw more of Alex and Molly as a couple. I’ve never been the biggest fan of this trope but this was by far the slowest I’ve read to date.

Overall, I would recommend She Gets The Girl for anyone looking for a really cute contemporary, as this certainly hits the mark. I know the characters in this will definitely stay with me for a long time, and I’d really love to see a sequel! I would also recommend it for anyone who loves books where the characters grow and go through some immense self discovery, as the journey both the girls underwent was truly remarkable.

However, please be mindful that this has trigger warnings of alcoholism, abusive parents, manipulative relationships (parent/child and girlfriend/girlfriend) and internalised racism, so please do not read if you’re uncomfortable with any of those.

Have you read She Gets The Girl yet? Will you be adding it to your tbr? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this review!

Ceri

47 thoughts on “She Gets The Girl Book Review

  1. Great review Ceri! I love books with great character development, personal growth and family relationships so this one sounds perfect for me. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I’ve heard very mixed reviews on this one so I haven’t been 100% on reading it but after reading your review, it does sound like a very good book. Thank you so much for sharing such a in-depth review, they’re always appreciated as I really trust your opinions. Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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    1. Oh I completely understand that, books with mixed reviews can always feel like a bit of a gamble but I did really enjoy this so I’m glad I convinced you! Aw I’m so glad to hear that, it means a lot. Thank you so much for reading and commenting xx

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  3. She Gets The Girl sounds like a beautifully written story. I’m so happy to hear that these characters overcame their own issues. I’m excited to see what the rollercoaster scene is about! The cover of this book is gorgeous as well. Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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    1. It really is, I’d highly recommend it! Ooh yes I love the roller-skating scene so much, it’s one of my favourites – as is the cover! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, have a lovely weekend too.

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  4. This sounds like a great book! I love the idea of YA that’s set in college so younger readers can get some idea about the college experience (even tho it’s usually not as fun or romantic as the books would lead us to believe). I also love how YA is so increasingly inclusive in terms of gender & sexuality. This sounds really cute, and sometimes some YA is just what you need, so I’ll be adding this to my TBR.
    Colleen|ChooseYourUni

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    1. It definitely is, I’d really recommend it! I loved that about it too (even if it isn’t always reality, haha), and it’s great how diverse and inclusive the genre is becoming! I really hope you enjoy it, thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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  5. Love the sound of this book, as contemporary cute reads are very casual and easy for me to enjoy without agonizing too much over the plotlines and characters! Love your review and thoughts on the story. 🙂

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  6. This sounds like a really cool book! I could probably relate to both of their personalities too being quite she and awkward in one sense but very real and open in another. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad to hear you love the cover as much as I do haha, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re trying to get more into the genre! Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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  7. First, I’m obsessed with this cover! Second, slow burn romances are my favorite, but chemistry and lots of tension is necessary for me. So I can see how this one might have fallen flat if the two main characters didn’t get a lot of screen time together.

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    1. Me too, it’s gorgeous! Ooh I’d actually really recommend this if you love slow burns, it wasn’t that they didn’t have enough time together for me it was simply me just being impatient haha – there was plenty of tension and chemistry there! Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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  8. Such a great review! Excited to add this one to the collection. I can definitely relate to both characters as well (especially the awkwardness of Molly)! Super curious to read about the rollercoaster scene. Thank you for sharing! Xx

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    1. Thank you so much, I really hope you enjoy it! I’m so glad you can relate to the characters too, I always find it makes a book that much more engaging. Thank you so much for reading and commenting xx

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  9. The characters sound great. I also love the fact serious issues are dealt with in the book.

    I sometimes don’t mind a slow burn. Depends on the subject.

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    1. They definitely are, I loved the characters in this – and agreed, it was great seeing some more serious moments too. Yes it can definitely vary! Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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