Welcome to the dorkside. It's going to be a bumpy ride . . .
Adorkable is told from the point of view of two different people: Jeane Smith, queen of all dorks with half a million followers on twitter, which is far more than she has in real life; and Michael Lee, the most popular boy in school with people just queuing up to go out with him.
My first impression of the book was that it would be the classic boy and girl fall-in-love-without-really-meaning-to-and-live-happily-ever-after. It was far from that though.
I immediately fell in love with Jeane's wacky character (but not her sense of style) and merely the description of Michael's cheekbones made me swoon.
Their personalities developed throughout the story, and I got to know them well. I got a bit undecided at the end about what I wanted to happen, but ultimately I think her decision was the right one.
I would definitely recommend this book to any girl my age and can't wait to read more by Sarra Manning in the future.
Adorkable follows the lives of two A-Level students, who are complete polar opposites. Jeanne Smith, dork and proud, has become world famous through her opinionated blog postings and 500,000 Twitter followers, and also has her own lifestyle brand to help other people express their dorkiness. Michael Lee, golden boy of the school, is your typical mainstream, Abercrombie and Fitch wearing guy. So it is quite a strange concept to grasp that these two people might actually get along.
To begin with, I found the book very hard to read, mainly due to the first and second chapters being written in completely different POV, with no indication that this was going to happen. However, as I read on into the book, I was sinking more and more into it, and had to have to book prised off of me to do my homework.
At a first glance, Jeane appears as this overly confident, cocky, arrogant person, who sometimes seems to be so just to get a reaction, and for that I didn’t actually like her. But as the chapters go on, her character deepens, with her talking about her past, which could lead to indications as to why she is the way she is.
Once you’re into it, Adorkable is an easy read. It doesn’t have a too serious plot that makes you head hurt trying to understand, and the constant love hate relationship between Jeane and Michael can be quite hilarious at times, with her sarcastic comments and his blunt honesty. It also has the underlying message that you shouldn’t be afraid to be who you really are, and be proud of your uniqueness, and if possible, express it in any way you can.
I dork, therefore I am.
I'm not usually the kind of girl who likes romance novels, but I thought I'd give Adorkable a go. I honestly couldn't put it down, it was so good. Comical and heartfelt, Sarra Manning has created two main characters that you can't help but become attached to; Jeane Smith is the girl you secretly admire and Michael Lee is the boy that all girls would fall for. I found it a bit hard to get into at first, but after realising it was a split narrative between the characters it was easier to understand. I think I spent most of the book begging them to get together, they were so cute. With a few surprises in store, Adorkable is definitely a winner in my eyes and I may even try a few more by Sarra Manning.
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