Thursday, May 10, 2012

REVIEW: Adorkable by Sarra Manning

AHHH, I've been waiting so long to read Adorkable by Sarra Manning! Sarra Manning is one of my favourite authors and I'm always excited to read new books by her.  Adorkable, in particular, seemed exciting as I love the idea of this dorky girl who really champions being different and that she blogs and uses Twitter to get across her message.

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!

16 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this! Thank you for the wonderful review.

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    1. You're welcome Luisa! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

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  2. This book sounds like exactly my cup of tea! I can't wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for the review :)

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    1. You're welcome Cicely :) I hope it isn't long before you have your own copy!

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  3. I loved this book too! It's a great celebration of dorkisum :D fab review!

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    1. It really is! I loved that about it.

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  4. I haven't read Sarra Manning in YEARS (I first read Guitar Girl). I hope I enjoy Adorkable :)

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    1. I hadn't read much of hers before Nobody's Girl came out and since then I've tried to read as much of her backlist as possible :) She's a firm favourite of mine now!

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  5. I did a dance of joy and squealed a lot when my copy of Adorkable but have yet to read it as I've got Catching Fire due at the library on Saturday! As soon as I'm done with that this is my first priority though, and I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. I really did, and I hope you do as well :)

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  6. I really need to get my hands on this one, it sounds like a book that I would enjoy! Thanks for the review, reading it has made me even more desperate for exams to finish so I can get it:)

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    1. Good luck on your exams Beverley :) I think reading a fab book afterwards is a wonderful reward!

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  7. This sounds so cute! Can't wait to read it!

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  8. I cant wait for this book!! Its on pre-order and sounds… dare I say adorkable?! ;)

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    1. No better way to describe it! :)

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