Author: Sarra Manning
Publication Date: May 24th 2012
Jeane Smith is seventeen and has turned her self-styled dorkiness into an art form, a lifestyle choice and a profitable website and consultancy business. She writes a style column for a Japanese teen magazine and came number seven in The Guardian's 30 People Under 30 Who Are Changing the World. And yet, in spite of accolades, hundreds of Internet friendships and a cool boyfriend, she feels inexplicably lonely, a situation made infinitely worse when Michael Lee, the most mass-market, popular and predictably all-rounded at school tells Jeane of his suspicion that Jeane's boyfriend is secretly seeing his girlfriend. Michael and Jeane have NOTHING in common - she is cool and individual; he is the golden boy in an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt. So why can't she stop talking to him?
I had been anticipating the release of Adorkable for months and when I woke up on May 24th there it was all ready for me on my kindle. Though Adorkable isn't my favorite Sarra Manning book, it was great enough that I finished it up in one day.
Jeane is a strong emancipated teen who has a lot going for her in the cyber world. She has many twitter and blog followers and her successful website Adorkable is a hit with the "dorks". Jeane's life isn't so perfect though in the real world. Michael, who is the golden boy of the school and Jeane have absolutely nothing in common except that their boyfriend and girlfriend are getting very close. I love the interactions between Jeane and Michael, they were so much fun. Jeane has her moments when she isn't so likeable, but it made her real. Sometimes her tirade against conformity would be like "alright already", but then Sarra Manning would reveal a crack in Jeane's armor and I would immediately like her again. Michael is one of my favorite male characters. He's comfortable with who he is as much as Jeane is and she can't understand this which leads to some arguments between the two that are interesting and witty. As characters both of them grow tremendously by the end of the book.
I really enjoyed Adorkable and definitely recommend it, especially if you like contemporary reads with a opposite's attract romance.