Finally, an author who understands our Generation! I love that this book is so relatable to my life and virtually every teen out there.
Adorkable charts the love/hate relationship of Jeane Smith and Michael Lee, two people on different ends of the social ladder, and under normal circumstances just wouldn’t mix. But when they do… Wow! What a great pair they become.
Initially I was doubtful on how believable such a plot could be, but Sarra Manning did an awesome job proving me wrong. The relationship was paced out really well and I felt like I was on a rollercoaster of emotions as I laughed, screamed in frustration and cried with the characters.
To have the story told in alternating views was genius because I was literally dying to find out what the other thought, in every hurdle they had to overcome.
Jeane has to be my most favourite character in the book and my role model. She is hilarious, witty, on the road to major success with her own geek-centric empire and she even managed to bag the hot guy in the end.
She also taught me that being defined as different, by the sheep in the world isn’t a bad thing, we should totally rock it.
Although the book was quite a hefty read, every page was seriously worth it!
Adorkable is up-to-date, cute, quirky and close to many teens’ hearts. Whether you are a blogger/Vlogger/Tweeter you’re bound to connect to Jeane Smith. If you know a drop dead gorgeous guy who thinks every girl wants to be His girl, you’ll see him in Michael Lee. If you don’t Tweet/vlog/Blog you’ll soon want to when you see how it changes Jeane’s whole life. She isn’t alone. You become so connected to/with the characters that you practically feel what they feel. If you’re tired of having to conform to society then you’ll really understand where Jeane is coming from; she just wants to be herself, she doesn’t want to be like everyone else. Jeane believes in everything she does, including her quirky style, if people want to become more like her then great but that’s not what she wants, she just wants to be herself and not what other people want her to be.
Michael Lee is the golden boy that everyone loves. He has grade A’s but isn’t laughed at it because he’s also gorgeous. He plays football, he’s everybody’s friend and he is also very charismatic. He never says a bad thing about anyone (although he’s thinking it); that is until he speaks to Jeane. She brings out a completely different side of him but he does the same to her! You can be smiling one minute and wanting to throw the book across the room the next (although you won’t because you want to see what happens next).
Adorkable has been a great read and definitely the best read of 2012. I couldn’t put it down. I’ll be reading more of this Author’s work, i enjoyed it so much.
Told from two different viewpoints, Adorkable allowed you to really connect with the complex lives and feelings of Jeane and Michael (the two main characters) and also makes the book very easy to read. Although slow to start and slightly predictable, as the book develops, it quickly becomes addictive. It’s very easy to paint a picture in your mind of all the features described in the book (the trip to New York being a particularly well written part of the novel). I thought that the intertwining twitter feeds and blog posts made the book more interesting and also made the story seem closer to real life.
I liked how the relationship between Jeane and Michael developed as the book went on (even if it was a slightly predictable relationship) and it was interesting to read about their ups and downs. Jeane’s character is slightly unrealistic and some parts of her seem to be exaggerated, however she introduces a lot of comedy and wit to the book with her outspoken nature and love of Harribos and puppies. I thought that Michael was a more relatable character and I liked the colourful descriptions of his family (especially his sisters Molly and Alice who seem adorable).
I thought that the idea of her being a ‘dork’ was a bit outdated and the use of words like ‘totes’ and ‘whatevs’ didn’t really show the way people today really talk, but mostly the book kept the characters up to date with references to Abercrombie and iPhone etc., which made the book very appropriate for the modern teenager.
The book had just the right mixture of quirkiness, fun and also sadness. It’s a nice teen read and I would recommend it to older readers due to some content that may be deemed inappropriate to younger readers.
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