Only Mostly Devastated | Sophia Gonzales | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To Only Mostly Devastated by Sophia Gonzales?

Honestly as soon as I found out that Only Mostly Devastated was a retelling of the musical Grease, I was in. I have seen the movie version of Grease so many times that I can probably quote it word for word. So, I was excited to see how this retelling by Sophia Gonzales played out. Also that cover? LOVE IT!

What’s The Story Here?

Only Mostly Devastated follows the relationship of Ollie and Will. The meet during the summer at a camp and fall in love. And then they go their separate ways unsure if they will ever see each other again. Except suddenly they’re going to the same school but everything is different than it was this summer. Why? Because Will hasn’t told any one that he is a gay in his hometown; and he’s not willing to risk his popular status to do it. So basically if you’re following the Grease plot – Ollie is Sandy and Will is Danny – and yes, there is a version of Pink Ladies and Greasers too.

How Did I Like Only Mostly Devastated?

Only Mostly Devastated packs a punch. It is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. It made me laugh in some spots and broke my heart in others. As I got to know all of the characters, I fell hard for them, and wanted to know what would happen to each other them. And I could see the inspiration for the Grease like characters which they were portraying. There is also a strong family component in this story as well which I loved. Sophia Gonzales really did find the perfect balance of both happy and emotional moments for this story.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Only Mostly Devastated is narrated by Mark Sanderlin. It is 7 hours and 48 minutes long. I found the narration to be enjoyable and it kept me engaged with the story. I felt that the narrator gave a real voice to all of the characters. And his voice held the perfect pitch of emotion during the more emotional parts as well.

Rating: 4 Stars

Audiobook review layout borrowed from April @ Good Books and Good Wine.

One thought on “Only Mostly Devastated | Sophia Gonzales | Audiobook Review

  1. Great review! I read only mostly devastated really recently and totally agree with everything you said. Ollie is one of my new favourite characters and his inner monologues were so funny. I originally hated Lara’s character idea because it’s something I really hate in media, but she did have a decent character development eventually. And a lot of difficult topics were tackled really well. Here’s my review! https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2021/06/23/🏳%EF%B8%8F%E2%80%8D🌈-mini-pride-reviews-only-mostly-devastated-and-wilder-girls-🏳%EF%B8%8F%E2%80%8D🌈/

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