Audiobook Review: Adorkable
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Narrator: Andrea Emmes
Audio Listening Speed: 1.5x
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary Romance/Coming of Age)
Source: Tantor Audio
Adorkable is a delightfully quirky young adult novel; a funny and heartwarming story of best friends to lovers. I already am looking forward to listening to this novel again.
Sally is smart, geeky and sweet. She is hopelessly in love with her best from childhood, Becks. The only problem is that Becks is not only the star soccer player, but he is handsome, funny, and only sees her as his best pal. Sal’s best gal pal, Hooker, and Sal’s mother are constantly trying to set Sal up. For some reason, they feel that seventeen is too old to have never had a boyfriend. Fed up with the horrendous matches, Sal convinces Becks to be her fake boyfriend for a month, just so she can have a reprieve. Unfortunately, it’s the sweetest torture being his girlfriend and knowing that it is all a sham.
I really enjoyed this lighthearted and funny young adult romance. The different cult classic references and Sal’s adorable dorky status are all endearing. Her friendship with Becks is as sweet as her friendship with Hooker. Though I thought it odd that her mother was helping Hooker to set Sal up on blind dates, but I’m a bit old-fashioned. Though obvious to the reader, the story does have a few unexpected twists and turns. It was really delightful when Sal and Beck come together. It has all the touching hallmark moments that harken back to such great movies of my time; Can’t Buy Me Love, Ten Things I Hate About You, and When Harry Met Sally (only more PG).
Ms. Emmes’s narration was spot on in capturing the personalities of Sal, Becks, Hooker, and Ash. She does a great job of not only imbuing personality with the accents, but bringing life into varied voices. I look forward to listening to her narration again.
If you want a light-hearted, funny, and geeky adorably (adorkable) story, I highly recommend Adorkable. This friends-to-lovers sweet tale is compelling and heartwarming in all the best ways.
Review copy provided by Tantor Audio.
About the Book:
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?