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.
Thoughts and Themes: I was so surprised to see an arc of this book in my mailbox and was so happy to get a chance to read it. I decided to listen to it on audiobook since it was the first book on a readathon that I am doing. I followed along with the physical book though and really enjoyed the audiobook of this one.
I really liked the way this whole story begins with Alex trying to help Molly get with Cora in order to prove to her ex-girlfriend, Natalie that she isn’t just a flirt and cares about more than just herself. I love the way all of this unfolds and this whole story reminds me of my first relationship and how that all became a disaster.
This is definitely one that I am going to want to read more than once for so many reasons. There were just so many cute moments that occur throughout the story between our main characters. I love how the romance develops and love how what they thought they wanted was so wrong for both of them.
Characters: In this book you get introduced to both of the main characters, Molly and Alex as well as some of the people that they interact with. I really enjoyed each of the characters that you get to meet through this story and liked how we know little about some characters and a lot about others.
I really liked how different Molly and Alex are from each other and how unlikely their friendship is right from the start. I loved getting to know more about each character apart from each other and how their home life affects their college life. I also really liked getting to know more about their friendship and the things the similarities that they share.
I love Molly and how ridiculously naïve and dorky she is. There are so many moments in which I have second hand embarrassment for her or I’m screaming at her for something she isn’t saying. I just love watching her fumble as she tries to flirt with people and follow the steps that Alex has lay out for her.
I liked getting to see Molly and Alex’s relationship with their mothers and how different each of them are from one another. I also really enjoyed the relationship that develops between Alex and her boss at the food truck. I thought this was great to see and I love how he helps her out even though he has a tough exterior. I think because of how alike those two are their relationship dynamic works out and I like how we see them open up to each other.
Writing Style: This story is written in first person going back and forth from the perspectives of Molly and Alex. I really liked getting both of their sides throughout this book because it allowed you to get to know both girls independently of each other. I liked getting to see both of their lives outside of the university and how that impacts the way they interact with each other.
Rachael Lippincott is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Feet Apart. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Pittsburgh with her wife and their dog, Hank.
Alyson Derrick was born and raised in Greenville, Pennsylvania, a town where burn barrels take the place of recycling bins. After making her great escape to Pittsburgh, where she earned her bachelor’s in English writing, Alyson started her own food truck, but soon realized she much prefers telling stories over slinging cheesesteaks. She is the coauthor of New York Times bestseller She Gets the Girl and author of Forget Me Not. Alyson currently resides in Pennsylvania with her wife and their dog, Hank.