ARC Review: She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

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.

Jacket Illustrator Poppy Magda and Jacket Designer Lizzy Bromley

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.13

My thoughts

Jacket Illustrator Poppy Magda and Jacket Designer Lizzy Bromley have done a fantastic job with this cover. It is original. It refers to a critical point in the story. Plus it is so cute. I love it.

Rachael Lippincott and their wife Alyson Derrick join forces to give us a new adult college makeover romance with some hard-hitting topics thrown in to give us plenty of angst.

I had competing thoughts about She Gets The Girl while I was reading it. One, I really wanted it to be like My Bodyguard (Dir. Tony Bill, 1980) and two, I wanted it to be like She’s All That (Dir. Robert Iscove, 1999). I love the premise of the story where Alex is trying to be a better person for her girlfriend and helps Molly fall in love. Part of me really wanted Alex to be true and stick with Natalie. I think that is more my personal prejudice and heartache than anything to do with the characters though – which is something I had to remind myself often in the beginning of the story.

By the time I got to the middle of the book, I did not care who ended up with whom. I just wanted Alex and Molly to be friends forever. Lippincott and Derrick give us amazing characters with depth. Alex struggles with an alcoholic parent who she takes care of while working full-time and balancing school. She is nothing like the beauty queen she looks like much to the disappointment of all of those around her. She constantly has to hustle to survive and take care of her mother. Alex has had the weight of the world on her shoulders for too long and does what is necessary to find relief where she can find it.

“She holds a forkful of bulgogi up. ‘I know it’s just food, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to like it. Like if I do, I’m inviting people to see that I am Korean, which still feels like a bad thing sometimes. I don’t want to feel ashamed of that part of me, but it’s a hard thing to shake after it’s been ingrained in me my whole life,’ she says, popping it into her mouth.”

Molly to Alex, Loc. 2046

Whereas Molly has had all of the stability that Alex hasn’t. She has had too much of a good thing – to the point where she is isolated and has only her mother as her friend. Her anxiety has made getting out of her own way a huge obstacle. She is hoping that college offers more opportunity, but alas runs into situational challenges. Then there is the stigma of her Korean heritage which she has been taught by society and her mother to disdain. She lacks the confidence in herself and her outside world that Alex has been surviving in all of this time.

When opposites meet sparks fly and it is awesome for us. I love the repartee. I love how their friendship grows and becomes a solid foundation. The interactions between Noah and Beth with Alex made my heart melt. I just love how this whole friendship dynamic plays out. How they both improve each other.

She Gets The Girl plays out just like a movie…a movie I want to watch over and over again.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781534493797, April 5th 2022

Editor: Alexa Pastor

Narrators: Natalie Naudus and Valentina Ortiz

Series: N/A; Settings: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.

Pages: 384

SC: Non-Binary, Lesbian, Alcoholic


Promo photo: Photo by Ricardo Esquivel on

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