Here is the official blurb from the publisher:
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 the 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 boy 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?
Jeane isn’t just a dork. She’s abrupt, sarcastic, and downright rude to most of her classmates and teachers. Michael, on the other hand, is nice to everyone. Except Jeane. These two do not mix and are pretty content to keep things that way. Then they begin to suspect that their significant others are carrying on right under their noses. That’s when things get interesting.
Jeane and Michael discover pretty quickly that they have a strong physical attraction. I loved the scenes where they kept finding themselves snogging and wondering how it had happened. Bit by bit, these two grow from dislike to genuine affection, and I loved how gradually it happens. From time to time, I was reminded of Pride and Prejudice. Jeane and Michael think they know each other based on reputation, but they really have no clue, and I had fun watching them discover each other.
This book is also full of hip references and a ton of information about social media and the role it plays in teens’ lives. Jeane is a social media expert. At times I felt like I was reading more of a marketing diatribe on social media (I work in marketing), but I still enjoyed it (maybe because it is so relevant to me). Others may find this distracting and may find Jeane’s abrasiveness irritating rather than charming. However, I liked the example she set – a girl unafraid to be different. Does she take it too far? Maybe, and that’s a theme that is explored in the book. Still, I rather liked seeing a girl willing to be who she wanted and go after what she wanted without regard for how society might view her.
On another note, I loved the way friendships were dealt with in this book and the inclusion of Michael’s family in the story. Honestly, this was one of my favorite books of the year. Just good fun and a very sweet romance. I think readers of Anna and the French Kiss would be pleasantly surprised by Adorkable.
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