Title- Adorkable (audio).
Author- Sara Manning.
Publish date- 2012.
Publisher- Whole Story Audiobooks.
(A Brief) Synopsis:
It’s the story of a not all that lovely lady who meets and loathes a possibly not so lovely guy, who in turn despises her. So why do they keep snogging, I ask you? And I tell you I Do. Not. Know.
What I thought:
Adorkable was a fast listen for me. Generally it’s difficult for me to settle on an audiobook, because on matter how good the story, the narration- if not to my liking- throws the whole thing. Another thing with me and audiobooks is that I tend to listen to them when I have no (or very little) intention of trying to actually read the novel myself. They’re a last chance stand, kind of thing. And easier than reading, often enough. I do a lot of stuff that I can listen to an audiobook during but can’t read during. Though they have the habit of keeping me awake at night.
So Adorkable, had I picked it up in paper form, would have been given up on fairly quickly. Jeane isn’t likable or nice, Michael isn’t fantastic, and even the narration wasn’t, in my thoughts, that wonderful. When the female actress did the male voices it felt weird, same with the male voicing the females. And often they weren’t all that distinct, the secondary characters they’d voice. The characters sound droll and whiney and manipulative, slack and unkind. And they are.
But for some reason… I kept listening. I wasn’t even enjoying it that much. Then… I started to.
Adorkable is, basically, the story of a famous blogger who stands for those who are different, who wants her army of “dorks” to take over the world; then she meets Michael, the “perfect boy” whom she loathes just because of what she thinks he is, and he hates her, too, because she’s not “normal” (there are also many, many, many references to how ugly she is). So. Many. Labels. And the thing that really struck me was how judgmental and unforgiving and hypocritical Jeane was- and Michael, too. She stood for people who were different, but as Michael points out that only applies if they suit her definition of different. She never once considered that everyone was different in their own way- she just loathed everyone who didn’t act like her- which isn’t much of an “individual” definition.
Michael however… he tried to talk to everyone. But in a parallel to Jeane, only the ones who seemed “normal”. It was so limiting, both their views.
And then together? The description of this book says how they can’t stop talking, but really they can’t stop kissing. All of the times. And they were so unhealthy for each other; it was never a nice union, not when they only wanted the other to fit their wishes, when they wanted the other to change so desperately and never believed in the other. It wasn’t romantic so much as incredibly damaging- I’d recommend, with their attitudes and feelings, they get away from each other before they severely damage the other’s mental health.
But I did kind-of-quite enjoy the story. Even though it doesn’t sound like it. Or like I’d even recommend it! It was good, in plenty of sections, and interesting, and something quite fun to listen to. Just I never liked either of the protagonists.
Bonus point- it had a healthy, present view on sex! And I mean that Jeane had her wants and needs and she spoke to Michael about them and it was brilliant.
Spoilery- I can’t believe Jeane would ever make the decision she did towards the end. It felt so unreal and untrue for all her character had been. Giving up everything she lived and stood for, just to fit in?
- I didn’t really get why Jeane was so upset when she found out Michael had been following her on twitter and they’d interacted. I mean, it made sense that she could be upset, but she was wild in her fury and I just did not get that.
Now I don’t believe the characters were meant or good for each other, there was a huge judgement and hypocrisy, and they weren’t really nice, but it was an enjoyable book to listen to. Though I wouldn’t say I ever really believed Jeane was a “dork”.