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Adorkable Paperback – September 20, 2016
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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 is out now!
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"Adorkable" Sally Spitz has a problem...she's never had a real boyfriend and her BFF and mom are constantly setting her up on blind dates. Disastrous ones, and she's DONE. So she enlists the help of her childhood best friend and soccer star/golden boy, Becks, to keep them off her case. He becomes her fake boyfriend and the swoon-worthy, sigh-inducing moments begin...oh it was a sweet, fun ride!
I have three boys and we're done...but let's just say if we had a fourth boy, Becks would be in the running for his name. ;) Loved him! And Sal was adorable...both were just such likable, well-written characters.
I will definitely keep my eye out for hopefully more stories from the author. Loved her style of writing. I'm so surprised this is a debut...it read like it was written by a well-seasoned author!
If you're a fan of YA, do yourself a favor and read this one!! Just be prepared for a book hangover... ;)
I absolutely adored the story and the main characters. Sally was this geeky girl who didn't mind not being the most beautiful or popular girl in the room. She kept her eye on the future and what she wanted. Her only little insecurity was the crush she had on her best friend, Becks. She didn't think he would ever like her as more than a friend, so he seemed like the safest choice as her fake boyfriend. Sally just didn't think the "pretending" would be so hard or make her want him even more.
Becks was the most popular and gorgeous guy in school. He could (and maybe did) have any girl of his choice, but he was totally willing to help Sally out. Becks had his own reasoning for being Sally's fake boyfriend, but he truly would have done anything for her. He wasn't just some popular athlete, he was a good guy and an amazing friend.
As for the other characters in the story...There was one I have to talk about. I couldn't stand Sally's other best friend, Hooker. I had major problems with her. She wasn't a good friend at all. She obviously didn't respect Sally's thoughts or believe in her enough to allow Sally to find a boyfriend on her own -- if she wanted one. I get that Hooker wanted Sally to be happy, but she had a really poor way of showing it. She made me so mad! But without her, the story wouldn't have been quite as funny. Some of those dates...
Adorkable was everything I love in a YA Contemporary Romance. It was an upbeat, funny and fast-paced read. I read it in one evening -- it was that good! It kept me smiling from beginning to end. If you enjoy YA contemporary romances, you should definitely check out this book. Cookie O'Gorman will be going on my YA must read list with Kasie West, Miranda Kenneally, Sarah Dessen and Ali Novak. I'm going to be keeping my eye out for her next release. I don't want to miss it!
The opening of this book was so great, best beginning ever.
Sally as a whole was a great character. I loved the parts of her that were 'dorky' and absolutely adored her job reading to the kids. I almost wanted that job too!
Not So Much: I'm sorry, I don't care how good her intentions were, I would have thrown Hooker to the curb a LONG time ago. No friends who can't take no for an answer deserves the amount of chances she got. I was really annoyed with her, even if she did provide some entertaining moments. I kind of was aggravated at Sally's mother for similar reasons. Yes, these things are there to make the story go - they were just so annoying and persistent, it drove me nuts!
The Verdict: While I was annoyed at parts, as a whole I loved watching this story play out. I even kind of enjoyed the torture Sally went through in the fake boyfriend process, knowing that Becks was feeling the same thing. This book is clean and great for Teens young and old.