Thursday, May 10, 2012
REVIEW: Adorkable by Sarra Manning
And while I absolutely loved the story, Adorkable still makes me feel a little bit confused. Part of what I love about it so much is that everything is a bit messy. Jeane can be hard to like sometimes - some of the things she says and does are really abrasive - and it should make me dislike her, even a little bit. But it doesn't. All of her horrible behaviour actually makes her even more endearing to me, as does the things that happen between Jeane and Michael. There's is a complicated relationship that isn't perfect. Again, it's messy and full of contradictions and hard edges, but it also felt realistic and I adored them both.
The main premise of the story is that Jeane Smith has taken her lifestyle choice and branded it as 'Adorkable' - she's created a website and gained enough blog and Twitter followers to allow her to make Adorkable into a business in which she consults and lectures about teenage culture and fashion. Despite being 17, living alone, being hugely successful and having a great boyfriend, there's still something a bit off about Jeane's life. A loneliness that made my heart ache. Because it isn't all roses and sunshine living on your own as a teenager. So when Michael Lee starts speaking to her out of nowhere to tell Jeane that her boyfriend and his girlfriend are having an affair, everything gets shaken up for Jeane.
I found Jeane's bizarre sense of style to be really fun and I loved the message that it's okay to be different and to celebrate each others' differences without judgement. It's also nice to see the positive sides to having Internet friends/Twitter followers and how they can be important and meaningful as well as having close RL friendships.
This is another wonderful story by Sarra Manning, one that I can highly recommend!