Welcome to my first book review of the new year/decade! This was actually supposed to go up after the blog tour, but due to several reasons I found myself unable to post until now. I’m still working on a fairly lengthy Life Update post which I’m hoping to have up some time this week.
For now, I hope you enjoy this review and find it helpful! I’ve actually been thinking of changing up my book review style again, but I think I’ll hold off until next month or so because I’m still trying to figure out how I want it exactly. I started doing my own banners for book reviews again though. This time it’s less time consuming for me since it’s a simpler template, which helps with my wrist a lot.
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
“Captivating, fun, and totally swoon-worthy! This is the kind of story my reader heart craves.” ―Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes on Me
Available in print for the first time, and with exclusive bonus content only found in the print version! Fall in love with Sally and Becks all over again.
Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.
Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.
Her solution: She needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.
Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal―even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.
The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life―and he’s completely clueless.
This book features two best friends, one special-edition Yoda Snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses, and begs the question:
Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?
e-ARC was provided by the publisher. This does not influence my opinion or review.
I’ll be completely honest and say that the only two reasons I wanted to read Adorkable was because 1) I used to use that word a lot to jokingly describe myself back in high school and never saw it used again until now, so of course I got curious. And 2) I’m a sucker for the fake-dating trope. That new cover, however, is so unfortunate. I liked the previous cover way better.
Things I Liked:
The childhood-best-friends-turned-lovers trope is either a hit or miss for me; I really have to be in the mood for that trope to enjoy it. Thankfully, I really liked the friendship between Sally and Becks, so when they started their fake relationship I was already on-board! Their chemistry was really cute; I liked that Becks was so encouraging and supportive of Sally’s “nerdy” passions, finding it to be more endearing than anything else. And Sally was the same with Becks and his passion for soccer. Despite not being much of a sports fan, she always tried her best to cover his games for the school newspaper. Give me all the stories with cute, supportive couples, please!
I loved all the Harry Potter, Star Trek, etc. references. It was also pretty amusing that Sally would burst out speaking in German whenever she was upset, but I enjoyed how that contributed to the plot twist in the last third of the story.
Things I Disliked:
Despite the awful cover, I had high hopes that I would really enjoy this story. And I did enjoy it, to a certain extent. But when I started to list all the things I definitely did not like, I realized that the stuff I disliked outweighed the things I did. So disappointing.
Let’s start with the blatant homophobia in the first couple chapters. Honestly, I was shocked to see it in a book that was published not too long ago (2016) but even more so that when I searched for other reviews, only managed to find one person call it out.
Sally’s mother and best friend are incredibly annoying! It’s absurd that they’re so desperate to find a boyfriend for Sally when the girl is only 17. What’s the rush? This isn’t set in 17th century England. It was disturbing enough that her mother was so insistent on Sally getting a boyfriend, but I just about threw my Kindle across the room when her own best friend basically told a guy to date Sally because she (Sally) was desperate. Her “match-making” felt creepy and more like harassment, to be honest.
And, speaking of creepy, there were a couple instances where I felt uncomfortable with adults showing attraction to Becks. Maybe you can say that that’s not what was really happening because it was seen through Sally’s point-of-view; maybe that was just how the author chose to express Sally feeling jealous? But it was still So. Much. Cringe!
I tried to suspend my disbelief, but having a girl go from “dorky” and “never-been-kissed” inexperienced teen, to finding herself in a situation where three guys are honestly interested in her within the span of one month was too much to let go, and resulted in heavy eye-rolls. And, lastly, there were some instances of awkward writing and plot issues in the last third of the story.
I was disappointed. There were some great parts that I thought were really cute but the bad outweighed the good in the end, so I unfortunately cannot recommend this.
About the Author:
Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas.
Have you ever dove into a book with high hopes, only to be bitterly disappointed with it at the end? Let me know in the comments!