She Gets The Girl

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The book “She Gets The Girl” by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick is about enemies to best friends, to lovers. It is a tale of youthful discovery and personal growth. 

Alex Blackwood and Molly Parker, our protagonists, couldn’t be more different at first glance. It’s like they don’t belong in the same world. Alex exudes chaos and charisma, while Molly is quiet and awkward. Both have problems with their love life. Molly has a secret crush on Cora Myers for years, but cannot speak, let alone flirt with her. While Alex dates Natalie, but finds herself unable to say that she loves her or maintains her relationship with her. 

Yet, their unlikely friendship blossoms as they embark on a mission of love and self-discovery. Alex is going to help Molly win Cora and in the end, it may serve as a chance to rebuild her relationship with Natalie.

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Review of She Gets The Girl

What I like about this book is the portrayal of Alex and Molly’s contrasting personalities. You can read their differing perspectives and why they are on each other nerves at the beginning of their friendship. From Molly’s unspoken crush on Cora Myers to Alex’s struggles with her own romantic endeavours, the novel captures the essence of youthful vulnerability and the quest for acceptance.

I also appreciate the exploration of self-worth and the toxic nature of certain relationships. Both Alex and Molly grapple with feelings of “I’m not enough for you.” Having a partner that is constantly reminding you that you are less than them, along with guilt-tripping, is a powerful way to go on a toxic relationship ride. 

Both Alex and Molly also have problems with their mothers. Alex has a strained relationship with her overbearing mom, who always asks for money. While Molly has a well-meaning yet intrusive mom. These issues may not only be highly relatable to me but also to readers who may have similar struggles with parents’ expectations. I like how they both stand up for themselves in the end and not cutting off family relations. It shows if you meet the right person, they will support you no matter what. 

“She Gets The Girl” also shows the pitfalls of idealising others. Molly has infatuation with Cora for years, she imagined Cora is the perfect person for her. Molly is projecting her desires onto an imagined persona. In truth, reality may not align with our fantasies. When Molly finally gets to know the real Cora, she still denies that there are little things in common between them. Molly is trying too hard just because she believes Cora is the one. She’s losing her own identity for this. How many of us have been in the same situation? As I read this book, I am compelled to reflect on my own experiences with love.

Apart from this book is for youth and younger adults, the theme it conveys can relate to a wider audience. 

While “She Gets The Girl” excels in its exploration of relatable theme, there are moments where the romantic developments feel rushed. I feel how both Alex and Molly realise that they have feelings for each other is too shallow. Look at the changing room scene, for example. I get it seeing another person’s body up close may induce some sexual feelings. But I wish to see their romantic development go beyond physical attraction. However, the roller skate dating scene offers their evolving relationship. The scene balances moments of tenderness with genuine emotion.

In conclusion, “She Gets The Girl” is a sweet young adult romance that touches various themes of love, friendships, and self-discovery. While there are areas for improvement, the novel’s relatable themes make it a compelling read for audiences of all ages. I can see if someday they will make a movie out of this book. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Authors: Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

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