She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick, narrated by Natalie Naudus & Valentina Ortiz

On a backdrop of book pages, an iPhone with the cover of She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick, narrated by Natalie Naudus & Valentina Ortiz. At the top of the image, a strip of torn paper with a quote: "A cute enemies-to-friends-to-lovers YA romance." and a URL:

College is supposed to be Molly’s opportunity to reinvent herself after years of feeling transparent and socially awkward. With friends and confidence, maybe Molly will gather the courage to talk to Cora and turn her forever crush into… something? Alex too is hoping for a new life, away from the responsibility of caring for and worrying about her alcoholic mother. And prove to her girlfriend that she isn’t the selfish flirt she seems to be. Helping clueless Molly get her girl could be the way to winning her own girl back.

Okay, so I was just coming to terms with the idea that I might be gay when I got to university. Not the first three years in Paris, but when I moved to Glasgow. And while I did have friends in Paris, both from high school and uni, Glasgow was supposed to allow a different me to come out, in more ways than one. Why am I writing this, you ask? Because listening to Molly trying to make herself go to her first college party despite her anxiety sounds extremely familiar and I’m sure it does to others as well. And that’s the thing about this story, I think loads of people will relate to at least part of what the characters go through. Whether we’ve gone to college or not, we’ve all been teens trying to become (or reinvent ourselves as) adults.

As usual, Natalie Naudus kills her narration, Molly’s point of view. Unfortunately, Valentina Ortiz’s voice didn’t fit the impression I had of Alex and it kept jarring me out of the story. I don’t know if I was distracted by the narration or if it’s the way the story is written but I never felt completely invested. Or maybe it’s because I still had all the feels from 6 Times We Almost Kissed in me and this story, despite the characters facing their own challenges, felt a bit bland in comparison.

That said, both MCs are layered, annoying one moment, endearing the next. The secondary characters – Molly’s mom and brother, Alex’s food truck boss – are interesting in their own right. My favourite parts were probably the girls’ relationships with their mothers, one overinvolved in her daughter’s life, the other absent except when she needs money. Molly’s mother’s struggle with being Korean and adopted by a white conservative family was also a high point.

For a while, I was hoping this would be a story of friendship. I knew it was a romance but I really liked Molly and Alex as friends. I liked the dynamic, and romance between them wasn’t necessary, I would have been happy with each of them getting her own girl. The girls the MCs were going after, however, aren’t as cool as they think, and the way the authors (who are married to each other by the way) handled the last third of the book made it easier for me to change my mind.

Lots of people found this book super cute and even if I didn’t love it as much as they did, I had a good time listening to it. 3.5⭐️


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