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?.
I absolutely adored this book! It’s basically a friends-to-more story, and there’s nothing particularly unique about that aspect, but what sets this one apart is the writing and the characters. The author’s voice is fresh, and the characters are completely loveable. Sally Spitz is a nerd in the first order. She loves Star Wars and Harry Potter, and Tombstone is her favorite movie. If she was also a Whovian, she’d be my daughter, so of course I pulled for Sally the whole way. She’s secretly been in love with her best friend, Becks, since forever, but her friendship with him trumps her romantic feelings so she won’t do anything to jeopardize that. Becks is a soccer phenom and one the most popular guy in school. But when Sally’s other best friend, Lillian, conspires with Sally’s mom on one blind date after another, Sally’s had enough and asks Becks to be her fake boyfriend (fbf) to get them to back off. The only problem is, no one believes they’re a real couple, so the two set out to convince everyone they are. The only problem is, Sally’s having a hard time separating her true feelings from the fake romance.
The plot isn’t ground-breaking, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun. The chemistry between Becks and Sally is obvious from the beginning and led to me reading way past my bedtime to find out how their story ends. It’s been awhile since a teen romance had me turning pages late at night. Having married my best friend, I could totally relate to the change from friendship to something more. And Lillian is right, when you’ve been friends for a long time, you already know so much about each other, but she was wrong that there’s nothing left to discover.
All of the characters are delightful. Sally is a strong female lead with a healthy dose of self-doubt and angst. Becks is adorable as the confident soccer player with a streak of vulnerability when it comes to Sally. These two are among my favorite young adult couples. The rest of the characters have just the right amount of development to make them real and more than background noise.
Top Five Things I Loved About Adorkable
1. Sally. Her beautiful nerdiness and strength mixed with awkwardness makes her a heroine to root for.
2. Becks. He’s hot, talented, caring, and loyal. Do they make a better book boyfriend than that?
3. Friendship. I love how Sally and Beck’s friendship is first for both of them. They put that above just about everything else.
4. Romance. The amount of heat author Cookie O’Gorman was able to generate in a very PG-rated novel was an amazing feat!
5. The ending. It was perfect!
Adorkable is a fun page-turning teen romance with amazing characters, plenty of angst, and just the right combination of sweet vs. heat.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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. Her debut novel ADORKABLE will be released in 2016.
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