Early Review: Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman (Giveaway)

Posted March 28th, 2016 in Blog Tour, book review / 36 comments

Early Review: Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman (Giveaway)

Early Review: Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman (Giveaway)Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman
Publisher: Self-Published on March 31, 2105
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 283
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars
Heat: two-flames

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?

At A Glance

Seriously adorable.

The Good

I don’t read young adult as much anymore, so when I do it feels like a treat. Adorkable was definitely a treat.

I love dorky characters so much it’s not even funny. Sally (Sal) was so my type of character. Dorky clothes, dorky Star Trek and Star Wars love, and dorky Harry Potter obsession. All around awesome. Her personality was spot on. She was fun and sometimes too nice for her own good.

Becks seemed like the typical jock with a cocky attitude and loving the attention of the female population a little too much. But Becks showed so much more depth as the book went on. His friendship with Sal said it all. He has a huge heart and loves to poke fun of Sal like any teenage friend does. They have a great chemistry and easy, witty banter between them that really makes this book enjoyable.

The story held my interest the whole time. Sal’s mom and best friend are hard-core set on setting up Sal because they think she is in desperate need of a first boyfriend. Sal is just horrified by the boys she has been forced to spend time with. The only solution, obviously, is a fake boyfriend. Becks to the rescue! Except Sal has been in love with Becks since forever, so faking being his girlfriend is totally awkward and confusing.

I love ‘friends to more’ type of books. Adorkable was perfect for me with my frame of mind at the time. I seriously loved it to pieces!

The Bad

There isn’t anything really bad about Adorkable except maybe the unnecessary drama and angst. Wasn’t too bad though. Oh, and I found Sally’s mom and best friend to be annoying. Not my favorite side characters.

The Snuggly

This one was pretty hot for a young adult. Lot’s of heavy kissing and petting but obviously no sex.

Final Thoughts

Adorkable was simply adorable. The main characters were perfect together and the story was fun and interesting. Very recommended.


     Meeting his gaze, I forced out the words, “Ready to make it official?”

     Becks grinned, and the sight of that familiar expression, the look in those eyes I’d loved forever, was enough to strengthen my resolve.

     Reaching up, I gave myself no time to reconsider.

     My lips were on his the next instant, meeting, feeling, rejoicing in this moment I’d never thought but always hoped would happen.  I knew Becks was surprised, could feel it in the stiffness in his shoulders, the tight set to his mouth.  But it didn’t matter.  I was kissing Becks, my best friend, my Han Solo, my one.  This was the best moment of my life.  I was certain it couldn’t get any better.

     But then Becks started kissing me back.

     His arms wrapped around my waist, his lips guiding mine, as he went from passive passenger along for the ride to full-on conductor.  I gasped as he bent me back over his arm, and felt him grin through the kiss.  My toes just skimming the floor, supported almost entirely by Becks’s strength, I was happy to let him lead.  Becks wasn’t just a great kisser.  He was a master.  Far as first kisses go, it was a showstopper.

About Cookie O'Gorman

Cookie O'Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE will be released in 2016.


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36 Responses to “Early Review: Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman (Giveaway)”

  1. Ashley

    This sounds FABULOUS!

    When I first saw your post title I thought you were reviewing a different book also called Adorkable… and I really didn’t like it… Then I saw it was something different and this one totally sounds like my kind of read! I may have to go buy it. 😛

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Oooh, another Adorkable? Too bad it wasn’t good. This one was luckily.

  2. sherry fundin

    Cute title. 🙂 I have to be in the right mood for YA, but do enjoy reading them. I like a little bit more than romance, like a paranormal element….

  3. Kelly

    I love the way you break down your reviews! The excerpt was sweet and foreshadowing and shoot my own hubby doesn’t even kiss me that way! THat’s why I like to read! hehe

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      It’s funny how I started a paranormal reader only and now I read more contemps.

  4. Victoria Alexander

    Great post! Sounds like a book I’ll enjoy, thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Braine

    I can definitely read this. I’m all for dorky characters regardless if they’re young or old, and a YA novel that celebrates dorkiness is a win. Everyone wants to be “cool”, when in reality dorks rule the world. Hello Bill Gates & Mark Z!

  6. Olivia Roach

    The title of this book alone is so cheesily cute it had caught my eye already! I know sometimes romances in the YA genre can be pretty trying in themselves, so I am glad you were able to like this one :3 It makes me think of Anna and the French Kiss and I want to try it!

  7. Lisa @ Lost in Lit

    YAYYYYY!! I’m really looking forward to this one, so I’m so happy to see you enjoyed it so much!! This definitely sounds like my type of read. I think I need to bump it up on my TBR now! 🙂 Great review!

  8. Jaclyn Canada

    Wait, a Harry Potter obsession is dorky?? Unthinkable! Just kidding, I will ride with my dorky obsessions proudly 😀 I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It looks like a cute, fun read. Also really glad you felt it was ‘adorable’, with that title that would be exactly what I was expecting.

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