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My Rating: 5/5
Genre: YA Romance
Pages: 214 (Kindle)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Teen
Date of Publication: 03 December 2019
Sally Sue Spitz is your average dorky girl-next-door who’s yet to fess up about why she wasn’t really into dating. But that doesn’t deter her mother and her best friend from setting her up with all the boys (and even a girl) that are available. When their matchmaking starts to get on her nerves, she comes up with a perfect plan. Sally asks her childhood friend, Becks, to be her fake boyfriend. After all, she wants the almost always terrible blind dates and shocking setups to stop. But all that faking is making Sally realise what she’s been missing since she’s been hiding her secret.
This was my first title by Cookie O’Gorman and this wouldn’t definitely be the last. Also, I don’t think I could’ve picked up a better book than this one to start my journey in YA romance. I love stories which have fake to real relationships and a lot of dorky things in it and not to forget, my favourite fandoms. As the blurb promised all those things, I jumped right into reading the story and giggled away.
Adorkable. The author defines the term at the outset as “a descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.” And I liked that. Liked that term, I mean. This is an adorkable story.
Narrated in the first person, in Sally’s voice, at one point Sally’s mother thinks she’s a lesbian. So she even sets her up with a girl. Well, she isn’t dating and she doesn’t seem to hit it off with any of the boys that her mother and her ‘want to be a professional matchmaker’ second best friend Lillian Hooker set her up with! Her first best friend would always, of course, remain Baldwin Eugene Charles Kent aka Becks. Martha Nicholls is a wedding planner and she couldn’t help but try to plan the first step towards a happy ever after for her soon to be the eighteen-years-old only daughter.
Sally and Becks both are so adorable, and their friendship is even more so. I wish I had a best friend like that. Sigh! Though Lillian too is a gem and their solid friendship stemming from sharing weird surnames was cute, I couldn’t help but feel a bit annoyed with her at first for setting up Sal left, right, and centre. But, as they say, without her push, Sally and Becks would have taken longer to get together. Haha! Me getting emotional over a bookish couple. Also, Sally being angry in German was so funny.
Set in the small town of Chariot, the Kent family is delightful. Especially the brothers, Leonard, Oliver, Thaddeus, Clayton, and Baldwin (our Becks). I wish all of them to get their own stories, especially Clayton.
The fandoms had me in such awe that I can’t even… There was a little bit of everything, from Harry Potter to Star Trek to X-Men to Star Wars, so much so, that it made me want to watch Star Wars. Have only seen Star Trek till now and that too the recent ones. And if the Kent family name wasn’t a Superman reference, then I’ll be damned. Ha! I love how the author has named the characters. There’s an Ash Stryker too, though he’s not an out and out villain here.
All in all, this was a sweet romantic story of Sal and Becks that I’ll definitely recommend to everyone who loves to read from this genre!
UPDATE (04/05/2020): The author has released a new book in a brand new series!
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 with. 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?
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.
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