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She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick: Book Review

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She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick

Published April 5th, 2022

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

She’s All That meets What If It’s Us in this swoon-worthy hate-to-love YA romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestselling 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.

Thank you to the publisher, Simon & Schuster Canada, and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book. All thoughts are my own.

She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick is the perfect sapphic twist to a classic rom-com premise.

Despite being polar opposites, Alex and Molly need something from each other. Molly needs Alex’s dating expertise to help with impressing her longtime crush. Alex needs to help Molly to show her (ex-)girlfriend that she can be selfless. It doesn’t matter that they don’t like each other. Except, the more time they spend together, the more those feelings start to change. Until they’re both left wondering, which girl do they actually want?

This novel was a quick, enjoyable read. I just flew right through it! Alex and Molly were great characters to follow. The book was told in alternating perspectives, and both characters had unique voices and were easy to root for.

I also liked that this YA romance took place in university rather than high school. I enjoyed getting to see them navigate moving away from home and figuring out their own identities as they started their first year of university. It was such a cute, sweet story that came together perfectly. I would love for this book to be adapted into a movie. 💕

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Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.


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