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Adorkable|Book Review

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Title: Adorkable 43565340

Author: Cookie O’Gorman

Pages: 340

Rating:

Synopsis: 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?

Spoiler Free Review

This book has a favorite trope of mine, the fake boyfriend, and for that reason I wanted to really like this book. I feel like the fake boyfriend trope isn’t super popular so when I come across with a book that has it, I get excited. I was excited to read this and I’m sad this wasn’t as good as an experience as I wished it to be.

The main reason as to why I didn’t love this book was the characters. I couldn’t connect with the characters and I did not like the main character. Sally was very clueless, there’s another word I have on my mind but I can’t quite think of it so clueless will have to do. Besides knowing how the book ends, the signs where as clear as day and I really don’t know how she missed them. Also, Becks literally says the words directly to her and she still doesn’t believe him and thats where my dislike for her settled in(will discuss more in spoiler section). Besides being clueless, the whole “he doesn’t notice me that way” mentality bothered me. Its the fact that she put herself in this box that she’s been pining for him from afar(but not really because they are best friends). I realize that this mentality is basically a sidekick to the fake boyfriend trope/friends to lover trope but combined with the cluelessness, it was just too much for me, leading me to not like Sally as a character.

While I didn’t like Becks, I don’t dislike him to the extent of Sally. I really had no problem with Becks until a little over halfway when he does something that I just don’t like. He has no right to act this way and it just puts him in an unflattering light. More fleshed out thoughts on this will be in the spoiler section.

The plot wasn’t that bad. I liked the whole fake dating aspect and how it was combined with the friends to lover trope. There was definitely a whole filler part of the book and it had no addition to the plot really. I think the author could of done without that and used that part to focus on Becks and Sally relationship, fake dating and also not.

Below is the spoiler section so do not read if you haven’t read the book and don’t want to be spoiled!!

Spoiler Section

Okay, so earlier I mentioned how I was going to talk more about Sally and her cluelessness. Becks literally tells Sally that he loves her and she doesn’t believe him!!! I was already annoyed with her throughout the book but this scene just did it for me. I’m sorry but how stupid must you be if you don’t believe someone who is telling you, in person, that they love you.

Now onto the Becks thing. So Becks and Sally “break up” yes? yes. So please tell me what gives Becks the right to be territorial of her. I understand that they are best friends and he’s and he doesn’t want her dating the guy he doesn’t like, but its none of his business. She has the right to date whoever she wants and if its a bad choice well then she’ll learn from her mistake. I get that Becks is jealous, but theres no need to fight with a guy!!

 

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