Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand…not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn’t actually talked to her yet.
Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she’s not a selfish flirt. That she’s ready for an actual commitment. And while Alex is the last person Molly would ever think she could trust, she can’t deny Alex knows what she’s doing with girls, unlike her.
As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they’re the ones falling…for each other.
Every single person in this room is looking at Natalie Ramirez.
The hipster dude clutching an IPA like it’s his firstborn son. The girl wearing a faded Nirvana shirt that screams Urban Outfitters. Brendan, the bartender, too distracted to realize he’s made not one but two rumless rum and Cokes. All of them have their eyes glued to the stage.
enjoyable/easy to read:
An incredibly sweet sapphic love story that was very easy to read. I’ve read The Lucky List, so I had high hopes going into She Gets the Girl, and I was not disappointed.
It’s hard to believe two people wrote this book together. While Alex and Molly are wildly different people, the narrative itself is consistent, and it doesn’t feel like two different writing styles coming together. Some side characters are a little one-dimensional and are clearly there to play specific roles, but Alex and Molly are fully developed and rich, complex people.
I wish Molly’s relationship with her mother had a little more time devoted to it; one conversation is not enough to deal with the issues they were having with one another, especially with the strange race issue thrown in and not explored. Much more information, conversation, and development were needed in this area to make it seem like part of the story and not just something that was thrown in for diversity. Where the relationship between Alex and her mother had a clear journey and resolution, Molly didn’t get quite the same treatment.
I loved the slow-burn aspect of the narrative. It may have been predictable, but it was written very well. I liked that Molly was encouraged to step out of her comfort zone but wasn’t forced to conform to a specific ideal. Instead, she was given the space to find herself. Similarly, Alex was given the time she needed to trust someone so that she could open up in her own time.
She Gets the Girl could’ve used a little more work to develop a more complex, richer narrative, but it was an easy, enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend.