Review: Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

About the book:

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.

Cover of Cookie O'Gorman's Adorkable

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Review by Katy Haye:

I almost never read contemporary fiction, preferring the madness of fantasy and sci fi. However, after being up to my eyes in edits for my own speculative latest, I needed something completely different. Adorkable was a real breath of fresh air.

It’s fairly standard YA fare: best friends pretend to be boyfriend/girlfriend and let out a massive can of emotional worms. Cue many misunderstandings, double-edged conversations and hiding in corners/cupboards.

But there’s nothing standard about the writing, it was an absolute delight. I completely shipped Sally and Becks and the families were lovely. And it was really emotional. I could see what was going to happen, but watching it unfold was a satisfying delight.

The only part I found hard to suspend disbelief was that Sally’s mother and her BFF, otherwise sane and sensible modern women, were OBSESSED with her having a boyfriend. Really, it’s the 21st century and she has exams to pass. There’s SOO much more to life than boys.

But given that that was the trope of the novel, I did suspend disbelief and I absolutely adored Adorkable.

When not reading, Katy Haye writes speculative fiction. Her latest, Discord, is currently available.

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