Review: Adorkable by Sarra Manning


Jeane Smith is seventeen and has turned her self-styled dorkiness into an art form, a lifestyle choice and a profitable website and consultancy business. She writes a style column for a Japanese teen magazine and came number seven in The Guardian’s 30 People Under 30 Who Are Changing The World. And yet, in spite of the accolades, hundreds of Internet friendships and a cool boyfriend, she feels inexplicably lonely, a situation made infinitely worse when Michael Lee, the most mass-market, popular and predictably all-rounded boy at school tells Jeane of his suspicion that Jeane’s boyfriend is secretly seeing his girlfriend. Michael and Jeane have NOTHING in common – she is cool and individual; he is the golden boy in an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt. So why can’t she stop talking to him?


Adorkable immediately ticked all the right boxes for me when I picked it up.  Quirky female main character that had punches of attitude and fiesty snarky back chat.  A guy who was a bit of stereotype from the outside but much more to him on a deeper level even if he didn’t quite know it.  Set in and around London and it’s a funny contemporary story that I could easily imagine myself part of.  A little too easily in fact.  I’d received Adorkable in the post a few weeks earlier from the lovely folks at Atom Books and as soon as anyone else I knew read it they were sending me tweets and messages for me to read it because I was just like Jeane, our female lead character.  I’m not even going to pretend that i’m not like her because I’m EXACTLY like her.  There is one scene when she’s hurt herself and her first reaction is to check her phone is ok and then tweet about it.  I’VE DONE THAT!

Jeane and Michael are thrown together when their current other halves seem to find themselves attracted to each other and thus Jeane and Michael even though they don’t really get on and through a series of events spend more and more time together and get closer as their now Ex’s find romance.  It’s a real up and down relationship between Jeane and Michael because they are from two separate worlds; Michael is the cool kid at school in his designer wear and a happy close family and Jeane is an outsider with a broken family and she’s a massive internet success as a blogger and doesn’t like to fit in with the crowd.  Well they do say Opposites attract but in this book the better way to describe it is Opposites collide and mash together.  

The tone and sense of humour that bursts out of Adorkable only made me love this story even more.  It is witty and the dialogue is utterly believable that you can tell that Sarra Manning has one of the best grips on “teen speak” that i’ve ever seen.  It’s almost effortless to read because Sarra has given us characters that are so painfully real that I could hear them in my head as each chapter switched to and from the male and female perspective.  

I have mad crazy love for Adorkable and I’m not ashamed to blog about it!  At the very least I have to thank Sarra Manning though the wonder fashion eccentric that is Jeane for convincing me to buy a pair of neon orange tights.  I’m wearing them now and I didn’t think I could love a pair of tights so much but I’ve been proven wrong.  Go forth and buy Adorkable my dear followers.  If you’re anything like me and isn’t bothered about dressing a bit differently and standing out in all your geek glory then Adorkable is the story for you!

Rating: 9/10

Published by Atom Books and is available here and bookshops now


  1. Awesome review! And lol about the orange tights, you didn't have to go all the way to Stockholm (I think? Bad at references… ;p) to get them in the right shade of orange, right? So that kind of failed, but yay Adorkable!

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