I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman
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.
This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:
Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?
Gently, Becks placed his hand on top of mine.
I didn’t jump this time, but my body was like a live wire, lit up from the inside.
“Jeez,” Becks said quietly, running the tips of his fingers up and down my arm. “You’re shaking, Sal.”
Mortified, I looked down to see that he was right. Every time his fingers passed a certain place on my skin, gooseflesh appeared first followed by a tiny quiver.
“Sorry,” I said, completely at a loss.
As much as I tried, I couldn’t command myself to not react. Why was my body betraying me like this? Didn’t it realize that if Becks saw how much I loved his touch, how much it moved me, he would know?
Just as I feared it might already be too late, he said, “This isn’t working.” Removing his hand, he sat back, shaking his head. “I don’t know why I freak you out so much, but we need to try something different.”
I was a lot of things, but “freaked out” was definitely not one of them.
“Here,” he said, moving a bit closer. “You do me.”
Most YA books make me feel one of two ways. Either they make me so happy that I am not in high school anymore because, did I really talk & act like that as a teen, or they make me wish that I could go back and have a do-over. This book definitely falls in the second category and I would safely share with my 16 year-old to read. Those are my favorite kinds of YA romances.
I love when an author writes teenage characters who act and talk like teenagers instead little adults. Both Sal and Becks came across as believable 17 year-olds without the author having to resort to simple, petty and immature behavior and language. They were far from perfect but they weren’t awful human beings. Despite what we a lot of us adults like to believe, there are good teens out there and they are represented well in this story.
I related to Sally so that definitely helped. She’s the geeky, insecure girl who is oblivious to the fact that any guy could possibly see her as anything other than a friend. She’s so insecure that even when the guys flat-out tell her they like her, she doesn’t see it. I broke up with my first boyfriend in high school because he wanted to hold my hand and I didn’t feel like he deserved that kind of embarrassment. (I know.)
I, however, was not lucky enough to have my very own Becks by my side though. This is where my do-over would come into play. Hello sexy, athletic and attentive life-long best friend. Yes please!!
I love the story because it felt like something that could happen in real life. It’s the story I’d wish for my very own daughter and yeah, I would totally be the cool mom like Sally’s.
I’m hoping that this turns into a series because I definitely feel like there is a story to be told when it comes to Ash.
If you’re an adult who enjoys an occasional sweet, simple true YA romance then I think you’ll enjoy this book. I definitely did and I will be purchasing this to share with my daughter upon release.
My favorite romances to read are friends to lovers, second chance romance, and lifelong love stories. I read mostly YA, NA and contemporary but I've been known to enjoy a good erotica romance now and again. I enjoy sex in books but it's not required for me to enjoy a story. Too much sex can be worse than none, in my opinion.
I don't really enjoy books with love triangles and/or cheating, and I don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy or suspense books.
On any given day you'll find me camped out on my couch with my Kindle in one hand, a Mountain Dew in the other, the tv on in the background (Food Network or Hallmark Channel) with one or both of my kids and my husband trying to get me to answer them about when we might eat again.
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