Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary – LGBT Retelling
Target Audience: 12+
Rating: A (90%)
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
If you’re dying to read an LGBT retelling of the classic movie, Grease, then you’ve come to the right book. This contains adorable scenes, frustrating characters that you want to smoosh together, and friendships that are just meant to last forever.
Honestly, a very important sidenote from reading this book is this: WATCH THE MOVIE, GREASE, BEFORE READING THIS NOVEL.
Why should you watch the movie before reading the book? Because without the context of the movie, our dear love interest, Will just seems like a prick. And that’s it, just plain and simple.
In saying that, this book is really good. That honestly is my only complaint, but it isn’t really a big complaint because Danny is a prick in Grease for how he treats Sandy. So, is it really something to complain about? I’ll let you decide.
It is a cute novel, not the cutest one ever, but still very much worth a read. It will give you hardcore Grease vibes — I had to watch the movie when I finished it!
SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease.
Summer love…gone so fast.
Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairytale ending, and to complicate the fairytale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.
Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.
The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 9/10
Enjoyment Factor: 9/10