She’s All That meets What If It’s Us in this New York Times bestselling hate-to-love YA romantic comedy from the coauthor of Five Feet Apart Rachael Lippincott and debut writer Alyson Derrick.
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.
Using lightly funny alternating narration, Lippincott (Five Feet Apart) and debut author Derrick, spouses, infuse the opposites-attract trope with some real suspense via a rom-com starring two seemingly dissimilar characters seeking the same things. Alex Blackwood and Molly Parker are both gay and freshmen at the University of Pittsburgh, but they're temperamentally different. While Alex, who reads as white, has been accused of not being able "to have a conversation without flirting," she knows she keeps things casual due in part to her home life, which involves hiding her mother's alcohol reliance. Molly, meanwhile, is quiet and shy, and close to her family especially her mother, a transracial Korean adoptee. Alex wants to get her ex back by proving she can have platonic female friends as well as assist others, so she works to help Molly get the girl she's had a crush on for years. Despite their differences, they find themselves opening up to each other, and the authors build a friendship that feels real while letting readers wonder if the two characters will see what else is possible. Ages 14 up. Agent (for Lippincott and Derrick): Emily Van Beek, Folio Jr.
THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHIG.