Michael Lee is a typical teenager, and the cliché of perfect. He excels at everything he does, be it playing football or writing essays, he’s good-looking, popular and wears Jack Wills and Abercrombie.
Jeane Smith is anything but typical, and definitely no cliché. She’s strongly opinionated, sarky, a self-confessed dork, head of her own lifestyle brand, Adorkable, and dresses as outlandishly as possible.
Adorkable alternates between Michael’s and Jeane’s perspectives, which meant I really got to know and understand both main characters. I felt that whichever character’s viewpoint I was reading, I really empathised with – for example, at the beginning, when seeing through the eyes of Michael, Jeane really did seem very rude and snarky and not at all likable. However, when I read from Jeane’s perspective, I saw that there was more to her than her abrasive surface and, despite her not-so-nice facade, I actually found myself liking Jeane.
In fact, you really can’t help but admire Jeane. Aged only 17 and living alone, she is already a massive success with her own brand, Adorkable. She writes columns for teen magazines, speaks regularly at conferences and made the Guardian’s list of ’30 People Under 30 Who Are Changing The World’. This is not the sole reason behind my admiration for her, however. What makes me really admire Jeane is how sure she is of herself. She knows who she is. She knows what she wants. She knows what she believes in and she believes in herself. Jeane is incredibly quirky and unique, but she’s not afraid to be different. In fact, she relishes in being different! She is so completely her own person and she won’t let anyone or anything get in the way of that. This, I think, is a very admirable quality because most teenage girls are constantly worrying about how they look and what people think of them; I can honestly only think of a maximum of two people I know who are so secure within themselves like Jeane is.
At first, I didn’t particularly like the relationship between Jeane and Michael. It seemed weird to me how they hated each other and the only basis of their relationship was that they liked kissing each other. However, it was very nice to see how their friendship grew and progressed – it was by no means perfect, but then again, in real life nothing is really perfect, is it?
I was expecting Adorkable to be a light-hearted, enjoyable read. It was very light-hearted and funny, but it was actually so much more than that. There are some meaningful messages behind Adorkable that I think teen readers will definitely be able to relate to – for example, it’s okay to be different, and it’s okay to be whoever you want to be.
I loved this book – Sarra Manning has written yet another amazing novel for teens – Adorkable was funny, quirky and totes adorkable!
I really enjoyed Adorkable, within the first few pages I took an immediate liking to Jeane Smith, one of the two main characters in the book. I liked her because she isn't your typical main character to a story, she's unique and quirky and isn't portrayed as incredibly beautiful or perfect – which makes a nice change to other characters in fiction available today. I thought that Sarra Manning did a wonderful job of writing from a teenager’s perspective, the language used and typical social customs are just about perfect.
Overall Adorkable is definitely one to read, it's quite different from what's available at the moment which is a huge positive!
Initially I thought this book could prove to be very interesting because the uniqueness of the main character Jeane, but the author could also have gotten a story like this so wrong and created this cheesy book about two people falling in love that are from opposite sides of the popularity spectrum who ‘shouldn’t’. This was not the case however. Even if the plot was not mind-blowing, I got hooked on the characters and their development through the story as well as the pages of the hilarious sarcasm.
Overall, I think this is a great book to get into if you want an easy, light read, that’s a little quirky.
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