To set the scene…
I want to set the scene for you on how I heard about She Gets The Girl: I was laying in my bed, scrolling through my
FYP on TikTok (as any good Gen Z-er would) when a video with the caption “the feminine urge to write a sapphic college-aged romcom with your wife, set at the school & in the city you fell in love in” with pics of Pittsburgh and an adorable lesbian couple popped up on my page. This immediately peaked my interest, as a Sapphic person who met their girlfriend in college in Pittsburgh. It was like the FYP Gods were smiling on me. That was back in November, and She Gets The Girl has been on my mind ever sense. The book is a collaborative effort between real life wives Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick, which is also stuck majorly with me. Let me tell you folks: Lippincott and Derrick did NOT disappoint.
Told in dual POV, alternating chapters, the book follows moody and stormy Alex Blackwood making the big move from Philly to Pittsburgh and sweet, poorly-dressed Molly Parker making the, well, less big move from her small suburb in Southern, PA, to the city. Alex arrives fresh off of a breakup, while Molly is looking to find love with Cora, the girl she has been practically in love with since high school…who doesn’t even know she exists. When Alex realizes she can help Molly get the girl, she jumps at the chance, hoping it’ll prove she is more than just a friendless flirt to her ex. Despite the girls dislike and distrust for one another, they develop a relationship far deeper than what either intended.
This book has EVERYTHING: lesbians (woot,) palachinkas, grumpy food truck owners, surprise boners, enemies to lovers, and a swoon worthy roller-skating (not) date.
Something worth noting that this book DOESN’T have: a traumatic coming out story. A common thing in queer stories is the need for characters to have to come out in some big, dramatic way, with generally some gut wrenching fall out. She Gets The Girl avoids that. The book is a celebration of queer joy and queer love!
I loved the back and forth POVs that really highlighted Alex and Molly’s distinct differences. Lippincott and Derrick do a wonderful job of fleshing out their heroines, warts and all.
Possible trigger warnings to be aware of: Alcohol abuse, car accidents, and racism.
Overall, She Gets The Girl, is a queer love story for the ages. However, it is more than just a romance between two women. It is also about the power of friendship and what an important foundation to romance that can be. I would recommend She Gets The Girl for more than just Sapphic or Queer individuals, but lovers of love overall.
Lorynn Watt is a junior English major at DeSales University. She’s the daughter of Meg, the Queen Bee, though if you call her Princess Bee she will definitely cut you. When Lorynn isn’t reading, she can be found writing, listening to a weird mish-mash of music, cuddling her dogs and guinea pigs, and ingesting too much caffeine.