April 1, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
Adorkable by Sarra Manning
Publisher/Year: Atom, 24 May 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: I bought it!
Other books from author: Let’s Get Lost, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Unsticky, the Diary of a Crush Series, the Fashionista Series, and many more
Welcome to the dorkside. It’s going to be a bumpy ride…
Jeane Smith’s a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, a 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?
What I Thought…
The tagline at the bottom of the cover is a perfect explanation for how I felt about this book: “Love, Hate, Whatever.” There were things about it that I loved, there were things about it I hated, and by the end I was feeling pretty ‘whatever’ about it.
It was great to read a YA book set in England, I actually can’t think of many others I’ve read with an English setting! I do love all things British… I quite liked Manning’s style of writing; I found it breezy and enjoyable, and it flowed really well. I would have no problems reading other books she’s written, and there’s certainly quite a few of them! I also really liked the premise of the character of Jeane as a strong and successful female at a very young age, as I feel this is something we don’t see much of in YA fiction. Unfortunately, that was probably all I liked about Jeane, which is a bit of a problem given that she’s the MC…
I guess my main problem with this book was the characters. While I liked the idea of Jeane, Jeane herself was a bitchy cow! There’s really no other way to describe her. I felt sorry for her at times, given the situation with her family and how they’ve all left her to fend for herself, but then she would do/say something and any sympathy I had for her situation quickly disappeared. I especially hated how she treated Barney, and her treatment of Michael wasn’t much better. Michael was a bit of a pushover at times, and I wasn’t sure if this was because Jeane was such a strong character. The storyline between them was also a bit predictable. Jeane’s family drove me crazy; I couldn’t understand how they could leave her on her own at her age – that just boggled my mind, although I’m sure there’s people out there like that.
What I did enjoy was the inclusion of social media in the book, particularly Twitter. It felt like a very current portrayal of the world of young adults, and it was done in a manner that felt natural. There’s nothing more annoying than the inclusion of social media or emails or text messages in books that’s done in a really jarring way – this really puts me off because I really hate losing my train of thought. Manning makes it appear seamless and effortless, so a big thumbs up for that.
This book should’ve had everything I love: high school romances, blogging and bloggers, popular guy falling in love with the dorky girl, dorky characters in general! Unfortunately the execution of these elements were a little off for me and it never quite came together in the end.
I was a bit indifferent to this book by the time I finished it and it didn’t leave any lasting impressions. I think it was more the characters that turned me off this book, as I did enjoy Manning’s writing. Because of this, I look forward to checking out some of her other books in the future.
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? What about Sarra Manning in general, are you a fan?