Review: Adorkable, Sarra Manning

| 23 July , 2012 | Reply

Jeane Smith’s a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, a jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand and has half a million followers on twitter.

Michael Lee’s a star of school, stage and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie.

They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can’t they stop snogging?

When I first started reading Adorkable by Sarra Manning, I found Jeane to be rather judgmental and hard to like, and I was glad for Michael’s intermissions. Instead of being the underdog, she seemed to be deliberately alienating people, but then I started to wonder why? She was successful, quirky and yet she wouldn’t let anyone near her. I knew that there had to be a reason, so I keep reading. And reading. And then pretty soon it was 3am in the morning and I had finished the entire book.

Somehow I had gone from being unsure about the main character to being so absorbed in her interactions with Michael and her classmates that I was actually sad when it ended.

There was something about Jeane that kept me turning the pages; perhaps it was because I wanted to know the reason why she seemed so snarky and superior. And I must admit that she grew on me (which I think was the intent). This was one of those books where you could see and feel the character change—or at the very least—my opinion of her changed as I learnt more about her and her family life.

The relationship between Michael and Jeane kicked off to a rocky start—involving a bicycle accident. And they have their many ups and downs, but the thing I enjoyed the most was being able to see both of their perspectives. At times, their views and encounters were often conflicting and it made for a humourous read.

Adorkable is like trying to match vintage clothing with Abercrombie & Fitch; alone, they work, but together they make a mix that you can’t help but want to play with. You know that somewhere deep in the pile of clothes there must be a style that looks good and that’s what Manning does; she pulls off an outfit that should have clashed.

Available now: Hachette RRP$17.99


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