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YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE BOOKS: Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman

Have you read young adult romance book, Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman?

“Well, my mother thinks I’m a lesbian.” I’m paraphrasing, but yes, that’s pretty much how this young adult romance book begins. Are there any single straight gals out there who haven’t had someone looking at you side-eyed wondering, “. . . why don’t you have a boyfriend, are you a lesbian dear?” (LOL) And yes, my grandmother asked me once.  Sitting there with squinted eyes and lips poked out, I was like, “Really!”  I didn’t say it aloud, but I was thinking, No, I don’t have a girlfriend, and if I did, you certainly couldn’t handle it, but how about I got rid of the asshole that shouldn’t have been around as long as he was. What? No points for that? Instead, I just ignored her.

How did this young adult romance book, Adorkable, find its way into my lap?

One simple line, “My mother thought I was a lesbian, ” and I was hooked, literally. That’s what began my love affair with the book Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman. But I guess since I’ve also had people say to me, “Ohhhh, I guess you’re not going to have any kids, hun,” I may have been in love with this book before it began.  

It was just after the RSJ Virtual Romance Book Con when I sat there with seven books in front of me from the conference gift box. Side note, if you’ve never gotten the gift box from RSJconvention.com, you are missing out. As one of the coordinators, I may be biased, but it’s fabulous, filled with a T-shirt, a bag, and other goodies, including books from authors and publishers who were super generous. 

With an array of book covers in front of me, I didn’t know which one to pick. You know how it feels, an excellent problem to have, but where is one to start? Her Sweet Temptation by Nina Crespo, Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn, Trust Fund Fiance by Naima Simone, Secrets in the Woods by J.E. Smythe, Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman, hmmm.

Battle of the young adult romance books!

So I perused the stack of books in front of me and then opened a young adult book with a character illustration called Adorkable and read the first page. The first line read, “My mother thought I was a lesbian,” Ha! Sold, and the winner is, Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman. Even the book, Crave by Tracy Wolff, in the box, wasn’t enough to pull me away from the Adorkable cover of the illustrated guy and girl with freckles that playfully sat on the cover. Not to take away from Tracy Wolff because it’s a gorgeous collectible hardcover book actually signed by the author; I scored on that one! But when I opened the book Adorkable and read the first line, well, you already know.

Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE BOOKS: Adorkable by Cookie O'GormanSeventeen-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?~ BUY NOW

Is Adorkable a young adult romance book you should read?

Giggling and grinning, I enjoyed reading Adorkable from start to finish. The book took me back to being a young girl awkward and crushing on a guy. The nerd in me appreciated the nerd in the main character, seventeen-year-old Sally Spritz, and even I was crushing on her best friend with moments of, “Ahhh, that’s so sweet.” And the best part, as a woman of (clears throat), . . . of a certain age,  Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman, gave me the gift of enjoying that time of life when guys took their time enjoying the simplicity and excitement of soft kisses and hand-holding without the goal of sex again.

What can I say? Romance can be a tricky bitch when you’re all grown up. I don’t want to give away too much from the book, but the letters. Oh my goodness, I was melting; you know that actually happened to me. I have a box in my room full of notes that all my high school friends and I used to pass to one another in the hallways while going from class to class.  One day when I’m old and gray, I’ll pull that box down and enjoy reminiscing.

What this young adult romance book Adorkable reminds me of?

One of my guy friends in high school and I used to have so much fun in math class together. We sat in the back, and we were both failing. It was always so much fun to talk and laugh during class; don’t worry, we passed the course, but I really don’t remember how on earth that happened with us having such a good time together laughing. We were just friends but this young adult romance book has me wondering if it could have become more. I was a bit of a late bloomer and never really knew when I guy liked me.  My friends would tell me, so and so likes you.  My answer was always, “Hun?”  (LOL)  Guess I’ll never know.

I think that this book will be an enjoyable read for anyone at any age. As stated on the book cover blurb and I must agree, 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?

Thank you, author Cookie O’Gorman for writing such an enjoyable book. I smile every time I see it on my shelf.  This young adult romance book gives you all the warm, fuzzy, tingling feelings of new love and flirting.  I so enjoyed this book and will probably enjoy it again and again.

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1 comment

Cookie O’Gorman July 17, 2021 at 9:42 am

Ahhh, Karol!!!! Oh I love this! Thank you so much for your awesome review! I’m thrilled to know you enjoyed ADORKABLE—and also, that first line was always the first line, and it’s still my favorite ;). Thank you so much again for reading and for all the kind things you said! I hope you’re doing well!
Cookie O’Gorman


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