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Friday, 18 May 2012
Review for Adorkable by Sarra Manning
Adorkable by Sarra Manning Publisher: Atom Release Date: 24th May 2012 Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance Rating: 5/5 stars Source: Received from the publisher for review
"Jeane Smith's a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand and has half a million followers on Twitter. Michael Lee's a star of school, stage and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie. They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can't they stop snogging?"
I’ve been a fan of Sarra Manning’s books since I was a teen myself but I think that Adorkable has to be my favourite of her books yet. This book was always going to be a winner for me, I consider myself to be a dork and nerds are my very favourite kind of people, plus the fact that Jeane runs her own blog where she talks about dorky things and considers the people she meets online to be real friends. As a book blogger, self-proclaimed dork and long term fan of Sarra Manning this book might as well of had my name written all over it, throw in a hot mixed race boy and I was putty in Sarra Manning’s hands from the start.
I can’t begin to tell you how refreshing it was to have a heroine like Jeane Smith. Jeane may consider herself a dork but to me she’s the epiphany of cool. I know people like Jeane, my friends are like Jeane, heck I even have a bit of Jeaneness in me too and I found her so relatable. At last comes a heroine who is neither perfect nor as limp as a lettuce leaf. Whilst Jeane is obviously awesome for running a hugely successful dork blog, having her own style, living off Haribo and not being afraid of who she is she’s also vulnerable, in your face, opinionated, and wrong about so many things namely being that unless you’re a dork and wear your dorkyness like a badge of honour then your boring and predictable and not worth knowing. Enter Michael the perfect popular golden boy who Jeane can’t stand and believes she has nothing in common with who softens her hard exterior and teachers her not to put a label on people, that people can surprise you, that everyone has a little dork in them somewhere.
Michael and Jeane have to be my new favourite book couple. They’re just so unlikely and so oddly matched and yet it totally works. They have a real love/hate relationship and the heat from their arguments, make up sessions and chemistry between them practically sizzles off the pages. I loved watching them go from being friends with benefits to so much more. “Wait a minute, back up, did you say friends with benefits!?!?” I hear you cry, why yes, yes I did my friends because Sarra Manning is not afraid to bring the sexytimes! And get this, they *le gasp!* aren’t even boyfriend and girlfriend, I know. I can’t tell you how liberating it is to read a YA book where the author doesn’t build up sex to be this great big deal. Her characters are young and legal and so they have safe sex which is totally okay. It’s so refreshing to read a YA book where the characters actually hook up like the majority of teens would in their situation and I loved that Sarra Manning doesn’t brief over the sexytimes either but gives us all the juicy details without being overly graphic. I love when authors are cool enough to respect that their readers are mature enough to read about this stuff and Sarra Manning handles the sex scenes tastefully, honestly and appropriately something I had the utmost respect for.
Adorkable really ticked all the right boxes for me it was funny, sexy, smart and charming with a plot that is current and relatable to a YA audience and a hot and hugely swoonworthy book boy and a heroine that whilst is awesome is by no means perfect. I loved the moral to this story about being comfortable in your own skin, not judging a book by its cover, and learning that people come in all kinds of shades of awesome not just dork kind. I loved, loved, loved this book and can’t sing its praises enough.