by Cookie O’Gorman
Release Date: March 31st 2016
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?
First off–I really liked Becks, even though his actual name–Baldwin Eugene Charles Kent–is less than stellar. (Come to think of it, a lot of the names in this book are pretty bad–Sally Spitz and Hooker, whose first name is Lillian even though Sally never uses it, especially.) Becks himself, though, is a pretty great guy, if one can get past his love-them-and-leave-them tendencies. (Which he kind of has an excuse for later on, though I’m not 100% sure I buy it. But it’s a sweet sentiment anyway.) At least he’s all kinds of faithful to his bestie, Sally, and when they’re together–as friends, while faking it, and while they’re not–they are adorable.
Sally is a puzzle at times–why the breaking out in German? it’s a weird quirk, and I don’t get why she had it, though it’s obvious why it was needed later on–but she’s not hard to like either. Given the fact that she’s got all kinds of guys telling her she’s cute and hot in the book, it’s a bit puzzling why she’s in the dilemma she is at the beginning, but I was willing to go with it.
I was less than fond of Sally’s other best friend, Hooker (ugh, that name!), and the role Sally’s mom had in the whole matchmaking-for-Sally scheme. I don’t really understand why it’s so crucial for a high school senior to have a significant other, and wasn’t crazy about all the subterfuge the two of them engaged in to get her to go out with so many guys. It just didn’t feel necessary. (In real life. Obviously it’s necessary for the plot of the story.)
I found myself wishing that Becks and Sally had sat down and had a real conversation about their relationship way before they actually did, but them not doing so earlier led up to a really cute ending which leaves you with the warm fuzzies, so…all’s well, and all that.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
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.