Adorkable by Sarra Manning Stand Alone My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Age Group: Young Adult Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic. Adorkable by Sarrah Manning Book Review: Adorkable by Sarra Manning. Having got myself into the odd twitter battle over annoying coinages such as. Review: Adorkable by Sarra Manning. Posted by K. Welcome to the dorkside. It’s going to be a bumpy ride Jeane Smith’s a blogger.

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Book Review: Adorkable by Sarra Manning

Buy Adorkable by Sarra Manning at Amazon. Michael Lee has good looks, designer clothes, and parents who push him to excel at everything.

They have nothing in common – so why do they end up kissing so often? Good question, and Sarra Manning’s novel doesn’t quite answer it properly. This is something of a case of insta-love, and while the romance between the pair develops fairly well in the end, it irritated me quite a bit to start off with because they seem to get together ridiculously quickly.

One moment they’re finding out that their current boyfriend and girlfriend are spending rather too much time together for either Michael or Jeane’s comfort, the next moment their tongues are stuck down each other’s throats. I should point out mannung as a massive fan of Sarra Manning’s who loved the premise of this one from the moment I first heard of it, my expectations were rather sky-high.


Adorkable by Sarra Manning – book review

I can’t help feeling disappointed – both in the insta-love mentioned, and in some rather strange dialogue – I felt like screaming by halfway through the book whenever someone repeated ‘totes’ for ‘totally’ or ‘blates’ for ‘blatantly’. That said, despite the small annoyances, it does have a lot going for it. As ever, Manning’s plotting is excellent and she captures the voice of both narrators really well – Michael is instantly likeable whereas Jeane is more of an acquired taste, but the narration from both is spot on.

It’s also intriguing to see the usual teen problems of love, family issues, and planning for the future collide with rather more unusual ones such as Jeane’s growing fame. The families of the two main characters are also very well portrayed, and the way in which Michael’s parents react to Jeane is sweet and tender.

It’s definitely aimed at older teens – there’s a sex scene which isn’t massively explicit, and is possibly one of the best-written ones I’ve read in a YA book, but which might make parents of younger teens think twice before buying it for them.


Overall, I wouldn’t say this was one of Manning’s better books – but given that at her best she’s superb, even off-form she’s worth reading.

I’d happily recommend it for older teens. For another contemporary romance featuring older darra, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is one of my very favourites. Another contemporary romance with a fabulous dual narrative is Skin Deep by Laura Jarratta strong contender for book of the year so far for me.

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I found the instant romance between the two main characters a bit too quick, but this is still an interesting read with a strong dual narrative.

Not Manning’s best but well worth checking out.