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She Gets the Girl

By: Rachael Lippincott,Alyson Derrick
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus,Valentina Ortiz
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2022 Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"A dual narration by Natalie Naudus and Valentina Ortiz delivers a view of two witty young women who are finding their bearings during their first year of college. In alternating chapters, Naudus delivers the words of Alex, who worries about leaving her alcoholic mother and girlfriend. Ortiz renders shy Molly’s anxiety and ambivalence toward her overbearing Korean mother. What’s clear to both young women is their distaste for each other. But Molly acknowledges that Alex can help her win the heart of Cora, on whom she’s crushing. Though the heroines are unaware of their mutual attraction, both narrators make it apparent to listeners, along with their comfort with queerness and their slow path to their developing selves." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Crushes & Self Awareness

Will the awkward and quiet high schooler be able to become the person she wants to be and have a chance with her crush at college? Will the confident girl with swagger be able to help and perhaps become a better person? This book is a wonderfully rich story of two young women struggling to know themselves, believe in themselves and have the confidence to be their true selves. Realistic, sweet, awkward, funny, heartfelt and full of truth. A great book narrated beautifully.

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Super cute and fun read!

Loved this book! A great light hearted story about sapphic love! Loved the writing style and the two characters Molly and Alex’s perspectives!

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A Lot of Fun

Great characters. Perfect Narration. Funny and touching. Great listen from start to finish. Well worth the credit.

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Didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would

I really wanted to like this book. And there were aspects I enjoyed. But I was overall underwhelmed. The book dragged in spots for me and I finally found myself speeding the audio up considerably during the last 15 percent or so.
What I liked:
The relationship both Molly and Alex had with their moms, they were complex and portrayed fairly well. I liked how Molly’s anxiety was portrayed too and how, even after she started gaining confidence she wasn’t “magically cured”. I liked Jim, Alex’s boss.
What I didn’t like (there will be spoilers ahead):
Alex and Natalie. Natalie was a bit crazy, but I’m not sure if we were to believe that Alex was entirely in the wrong. From her inner dialogue, she was compelled to flirt and then was frustrated by the fact that Natalie felt she couldn’t trust her. But Natalie didn’t handle things well either. Alex never actually apologized to Molly for the virginity comment. Only Molly did the apolllogizing. We never saw them as a couple. I would have liked to experience them together when they weren’t each pining for another.
I thought it was great how Alex was helping Molly get out of her shell, but I wish we’d seen it in more friendships for Molly. Not just passing moments that never developed into anything. I also felt bad for Molly’s mom. I understood Molly’s desire to grow and explore both herself and her heritage…. But she ghosted her mother for like two weeks or something. Even a check-in text to say “I’m okay but don’t want to talk”. (It was weird feeling bad for the parent.)
Things that could have made the book better:
I think it would have been great to see Molly making friends not going from dependencance her mom to relationships. It might have been cool if this was a dual romance and Molly and Alex became best friends and Molly ended up with Cora while Alex and Natalie found their way to a healthy relationship. It could also have been interesting if Cora and Molly became friends. If Molly was stalking Cora’s social media so much, it surprising that she didn’t know about any of Cora’s interests or which books she did/didn’t like. But Molly could have idolized her anyway and still discovered that they were too different to work.
Finally, I liked the narrators though it took me a little while to settle into Alex’s narrator’s voice.

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Soo cute!!!!

This is probably my favorite wlw book! This story is adorable and written well, I love the characters. I want a epilogue!!

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Deeply Moving

I loved everything about this. I loved the complex characters, the way the alternating pov showed different sides of each main character, the way their relationship gradually evolved. I loved that, despite their differences, they felt right together. I understood why they worked, why they would want to be together. And they were both, at their core, very, very good people. I can't recommend this enough.

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TOO CUTE

very cute "coming" out story. i say coming out because it's almost coming of age meets queer young love. you tag along to girls who are both learning relationships and themselves.

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Low Key Mad…(not really)

So, let me preface with the fact that I LOVED the story. The character’s are so relatable you can predict facial expressions and sassy remarks before they happen. It closes the book nicely at the end. HOWEVER, I’m so mad cause I can’t keep hearing about their lives!!! Thank you! But how dare you!!! 😭😭

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Absolutely perfect!

I never ever thought I'd describe a book as "sweet", let alone give it 5 stars. And yet, here I am giving a "sweet" story 5 stars. Everything about this story was just right - I mean absolutely spot on. No spoilers, but the premise, the relationship progression, the character development, everything was just so well done. One of the best I've read in a while, and just what I needed at an especially difficult time in my life. I just wish there was more time with those two at the end. But still. Highly recommend.

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So good!!

Awesome slow burn! great narration!! I couldn’t stop listening, read it almost start to finish in one sitting