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