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review 2015-10-10 19:37
ADORKABLE | SARRA MANNING
Adorkable - Sarra Manning

Deze recensie is als eerste geplaatst op Carpe Libra

 

Inmiddels alweer een tijdje geleden deed ik mee aan een giveaway op Hebban. Een soort van Nederlandse Goodreads waar leuke artikelen verschijnen, je bij kunt houden wat je allemaal gelezen hebt, recensies schrijven over deze boeken en mede leesfanaten kan ontmoeten. Oh, en waar giveaways worden gehouden! Ik was dan ook blij verrast toen ik een paar dagen erna een mailtje had ontvangen met de mededeling dat ik de gelukkige winnaar was van een kopie van Adorkable en het boek in de brievenbus kon verwachten! Lucky me :)

Adorkable is een leuk verhaal over twee mensen die elkaar vanaf het begin niet uit kunnen staan. Door omstandigheden komen ze elkaar echter steeds weer tegen, vliegen elkaar in de haren en halen elkaar het bloed onder de nagels vandaan. Toch is er een zeker aantrekkingskracht en groeien ze langzaam maar zeker naar elkaar toe. Precies het soort verhalen waar ik graag over lees. Heerlijk zwijmelen! Deze keer was het ook nog een keer extra leuk omdat Jeane net als ik een blogger is en veel dingen kwamen toch wel een beetje bekend voor ;)

Het verhaal beleef je afwisselend door de ogen van Micheal en Jeane. Jeane en ik hadden echter een moeizame start. Jeane is namelijk iemand die precies weet wat ze wil. Ik heb totaal geen probleem met zelfverzekerde personages die weten wat ze willen, ik hou er zelfs van. Jeane, echter, was op momenten TE zeker van haarzelf en weigerde in te zien dat het ook anders kon. Ze weigerde te geloven dat je niet altijd tegen alles aan hoeft te schoppen, gewoon omdat het kan. Dat de wereld niet alleen om haar draait en dat als anderen een eigen mening hebben dit ook mag en niet iedereen haar mening over hoeft te nemen. Gelukkig is Adorkable ook een reis naar volwassen worden voor haar. Een nieuw en beter inzicht krijgen in de wereld om haar heen en hoe zij daar in past. Zo groeiden we toch naar elkaar toe en had ik op een gegeven moment niet meer de neiging om haar achter behang te willen plakken :)

Ook Michael maakt een persoonlijke groei door in Adorkable. Hij was altijd de populaire jongen. De ster van het team en allemansvriend. Hij snapte dan ook totaal niet wat Jeane tegen hem heeft en waarom hij telkens bij haar terug keert, ook al kan hij haar niet uitstaan. En Jeane hem. Ze heeft helemaal niets wat hij ook maar aantrekkelijk vind en haar kleren verblinden hem elke keer. Dus waarom krijgt hij haar niet uit zijn hoofd? Langzaam maar zeker begint hij echter te zien dat niet alles is wat het lijkt en dat een minder mooie buitenkant toch iets heel waardevols kan bevatten... OH, Michael is precies het soort vriendje dat ik ook graag zou willen hebben... *Zucht*

Naast een liefdesverhaal zit er toch een duidelijke boodschap in dit boek. Een boodschap die prachtig verwoord wordt en mij toch wel een warm gevoel van binnen gaf. Volgens Adorkable en haar schrijfster Sarra Manning heeft iedereen namelijk een stukje "weirdness," om het in Jeanes woorden te omschrijven, en de mensen die je liefhebben zullen dat accepteren. Daarom is het niet iets om je voor te schamen maar dien je het met open arme te koesteren. Het maakt je tot wie je bent en niemand hoeft zijn ware ik voor andere te verbergen.

Ik wil toch nog een laatste opmerking plaatsen en dan wel over het covermodel op de kaft. Zo niet Jeane. Jeane, die altijd heel aparte en unieke combinaties aanheeft. Toch wel gevulder is dan de gemiddelde meid en altijd gaat voor een flitsende anders dan anders look. Daar hadden ze bij het maken toch even op kunnen letten...

Conclusie

Adorkable is een leuk en grappig boek dat tegelijkertijd ook een mooie boodschap probeert over te brengen. Het bevat twee geweldige personages die om de haverklap in elkaars haren vliegen, maar toch langzaam maar zeker naar elkaar toe groeien. Een heerlijk boek om bij te zwijmelen en ik raad het iedereen dan ook van harte aan :)

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review 2015-01-02 22:31
Adorkable
Adorkable - Sarra Manning

To be honest with you, the only reason why I bought this book was because I liked the cover and the summary on the back sounded interesting. But I'm glad I did, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

 

If there is one way to sum up Jeane Smith it would be tumblr. Just imagine what tumblr would be like if it was a person and you've got Jeane Smith. She's not afraid to stand up to people or to put it how it is. She's strong, fearless, a little crazy, and hella lonely.

And I just really liked her. I mean sure, I was annoyed that she kept shaming people for wearing and looking how they wanted and for shoving her idea of cool down peoples throats, but that changed in the end.

 

I liked Jeane's sarcasm and her unapologetic attitude, she said what she thought and if someone didn't like it then it really wasn't her problem and I loved that. She didn't back down from her beliefs and she didn't care what people thought of her. She was called ugly so many times but she didn't let that bother her one bit because she liked how she dressed because it made her happy. And you don't see such outspoken female characters in young adult novels these days so Jeane was a treat for me.

 

She and Michael had a little bit of a weird relationship to be perfectly honest with you. The two of them were just all about hurling insults at each other, but I guess that's just how their relationship worked, and they were cool with that (you know, until that screaming match in New York).

 

One of my favourite things about Jeane was that despite how headstrong and loud she was, she was still human, and you got to see that in the end. You got to see Jeane's vulnerability and she fully acknowledges that she's lonely and enjoys being a part of family (just not her own).

 

Michael was okay, he was kind of a huge asshole, and then by the end of the story he's less of a huge asshole but I guess that was his appeal to Jeane. He wasn't a total failure, he was there for her when no one else was and no matter how angry he got with Jeane, he still stuck around to make sure that she was okay.

 

My biggest issue with the novel is the fact that the voices of Michael and Jeane aren't easy to tell apart. Sometimes I would open the book and start reading, and I wouldn't have been able to tell whose point of view the story was being told from because Jeane and Michael sounded so similar.

 

But all in all, I enjoyed it, and I thought it was interesting.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-10-03 02:03
#DorkOn
Adorkable - Sarra Manning

 

What I wanted to initially do with this review is just make it a series of fake Tweets.  However, since I don’t think I can limit my thoughts for the entire review to 150 characters or less.  I’ll only be making the headers for this review faux Tweets.  And be using a lot of K-Drama gifs because it’s been awhile and I could so imagine this book being a K-Drama (it just has that vibe for it cute, over the top, and you could imagine all the swoon-ish moments it would obviously  have).

 

 

 

@Adorkable you really know how to bring the fluff.

 

 

 

 

I rarely ever say that to anyone though.  But book you bought the feels in a way that’s not the typical feels of YA.  I felt that the relationship between Michael and Jeane was surprisingly real.  And cute.

 

 

Usually when realism is added to a novel it sort of takes out the fluff.  However, I think the realism of the romance added to it here.  I liked that things weren’t perfect with these characters-both emotionally and physically.  Honestly, their sex scene was one of the more realistic ones I’ve seen written in YA.

 

 

And (gasp) both of them aren’t virgins.

 

 

And the fact that one of them experimented is not a huge deal it’s just acknowledged.

 

 

Can we have more of this in this genre?

 

 

Honestly, the relationship between these two characters is sort of the relationship I wanted when I read the synopsis to  such as Isla and the Happily Ever AfterIt really gives a realistic depiction of a relationship.  And it’s not all bunny rabbits and roses.  And this relationship is definitely not instant love.

 

 

@Adorkable Michael is adorable.  And I love the fact that he’s not a WASP #diversity.

 

 

 

 

Michael is mouthwater worthy.  And he’s not a WASP.

 

 

Bonus points.

 

 

What I really like is that he’s a diverse character and for the most part (with a few exceptions-cough, almond eye description, cough) Manning doesn’t rely on cultural  stereotypes when describing him.

 

 

Thank the lord.

 

 

One thing I did like about this character is that he’s resound-idly grounded, but he does evolve as the story progresses. I liked how Manning made him look past his own prejudices and accept Jeane for who she really is.

 

 

Plus, he has an adorable family which he actually hangs out with (they watch the Muppet Christmas Carroll together willingly)  and that in itself equals more bonus points.

 

So yes, Michael you have gotten a place on my list of delicious YA male leads.

 

 

@Adorkable what the hell is wrong with Jeane #badlifechoices?

 

 

 

 

Oh, Jean.  There were times I wanted to hug you, but a lot of the time I wanted to slap you.

 

 

You closet makes less sense than Lola Nolan and you have a tendency to be a little (okay, a lot) self righteous.

 

 

And really, you think you’re going to be able to succeed without a high school diploma.

 

Successful blog or not, you’re no Grumpy Cat, Jeane.

 

 

Also, I had a really difficult time believing over five hundred thousand people would follow you.  Well, maybe to tell you off.  I know I wanted to do.  Maybe.  Once.  No twice.  No ten million times to reading this book.

 

 

But here’s the thing, even though I found you to have less social skills than Sheldon Cooper, I felt bad for you.  You were neglected. Had a shitty home life.  Were abused.   Lived in squalor.  But still girl…

 

 

Some of your choices?

 

 

You are in desperate need of more intervention from those adopted dads of yours.

 

 

@Adorkable sometimes you bring me reals and sometimes I’m like whaaat?

 

 

 

 

As realistic as the relationship between the two characters might’ve felt, and the depictions of the characters.  What I had a hard time believing was Jeane’s blogging success.

 

 

Maybe if more foundation was built about how she started built up her blog, I could’ve bought it more.  But as it was, I had to suspend belief.

 

 

Just like I had to suspend the whole impromptu New York trip.  While fun and romantic, once again unrealistic.

 

 

Additional little details in the novel had me just shaking my head.  But what I find so strange about them is that apart from these details the story does feel oddly realistic.  So, it just gives the story almost a weird vibe.

 

 

@Adorkable why can’t I quit you even though you know how to bring the ridiculous.

 

 

 

 

Overall Rating: This book and I got along pretty well.  While I might’ve had some conflict with Jeanne’s rather strong personality, she grew on me.  And Michael is just adorbs.  Overall rating, a very solid B borderline B+

 

Source: howdyyal.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/dorkon-adorkable-by-sarra-manning
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review 2014-07-30 00:00
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sarra Manning Read reviews and more at The Beautiful World of Books!

"What you look like is just one part of who you are - but it's not all you are."

Before I begin waxing poetic on the wonderfulness this book is, I have a few bones to pick and a rating to explain.

When I was eight years old, I bordered on anorexic. When I turned eleven, I was overweight. By thirteen, I was back to squeezing into my eleven year old sister's jeans, and when I turned sixteen, I was overweight again. I am now twenty, and even though I'd love to be able to squeeze back into a size eight/ten (UK size), I don't let the obsession of my looks and my body get the best of me.

Because I'm not fat.

I'm not saying that to sound big-headed or give myself an ego boost, I really am not fat. After my car accident, I gained the pounds because I couldn't move and I have NEVER been happier. I know that once my body is ready, I can hit the gym and exercise healthily, I know I can stuff my face with greasy Chinese takeaway every once in a while and I just need to be careful of how much bad stuff I eat.

Because fatty foods (crisps, chocolate, takeaway, McDonalds) aren't just dangerous because they make you fat, but they have an awful, terrible impact on your health. It's like that with all foods, though. Too much sugar, you're facing diabetes. Too LITTLE sugar, and you're on even more dangerous territory when you begin dealing with hypoglycaemia which isn't JUST a side effect to being treated for diabetes, so don't be fooled.

My point is, I know how Neve felt in the book, and Neve had every right to be obsessed about her weight. She was a size 32 when she was barely 21 and it ruled her life. My second point is, do not obsess over it. It's YOUR body and if you don't love your body, how do you expect anyone else too? Don't think that "just losing a couple of pounds" will bring you great things in life (in most cases a boyfriend, a glamorous job, whatever) because it won't. Fact of the matter is, if you don't believe in yourself and you don't love yourself, no one else will either.

The issues dealt within [b:You Don't Have to Say You Love me|8471815|You Don't Have to Say You Love Me|Sarra Manning|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1296530574s/8471815.jpg|13336502] are very real and they're issues that women obsess about every day. You are never going to look like the model on a bikini advert, and you know why?

Because that woman is covered in stretch marks, leftover skin and cellulite, too. The art of photoshop really is glorious, ladies.

And just to prove my point:

Kelly Clarkson:

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Beyonce:

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And I want you to read this article and watch those videos and tell me that those people are "perfect" before photoshop. I dare you.

The major problem I had with Neve in this book is how she wouldn't see any positives at any given time and she did not know when to quit. There's dieting and exercise and then there's being an obsessive workout freak who instead of looking at the fact she dropped six dress sizes in two years, moaned and groaned about the leftover skin. Even when she found the most glorious, perfect, gorgeous man Max, who didn't give to fucks about how she looked naked, she still managed to screw everything up with her insecurities and determination that he "wasn't the one" because "the one" was William, her phantom boyfriend who lived in LA, whom she hadn't seen in three years and whom she'd began dieting and slimming down for in the first place.

And you know what bugs me? Phantom boyfriends. SO many issues could've been resolved in half the time if Manning hadn't given Neve a long distance love interest, especially since we all know that Max and Neve would end up together, regardless if William suddenly showed up with 24 roses in every colour of the rainbow and a diamond ring as big as my head. It wasn't going to happen, because even though Max is the "here and now" and William was "the future", EVERYONE knows that Max is really the "here, now, future and whatever other tense you want to throw in there".

And there were literally pages and pages and pages of self deprecation that made me want to slap the silly bitch. I get that you used to be morbidly obese, but Jesus Christ, you're not any more! Grow some balls and stop worrying about shit that doesn't exist!

Not to mention how self involved, narcissistic, depressing and hypocritical Neve was.

"If Shelly's the kind of woman you prefer, then there's really not much point in either of us continuing this little charade," she told Max coldly. "I'd hate to think that all the time you were with me, you were wishing you were with some other girl who--"
"You've got a fucking nerve!" Never had never heard Max sound so angry and she really didn't like it. He turned to her. His face was pinched and tight, eyes blazing with sudden fury. "The whole point of "this little charade" is because you're in love with some guy on the other side of the world, in case you'd forgotten!"


I'm so sorry but if I had someone as wonderful as Max by my side, I'd dump my phantom boyfriend and run into the sunset with him. Not only is he hot, but he's also sweet, kind and caring:

"William would never shove the word WAG into pop songs to make me laugh and he wouldn't bite the chocolate off chocolate-covered strawberries for me and he'd never, ever watch a film with Sandra Bullock in it... he'd never go down on me for half an hour beacause he'd lost a game of Scrabble."

So yeah, you can say I spent a lot of my time growling at Neve through clenched teeth, trying desperately to not lose my temper whenever she pulled another self-centred, arrogant move on Max and every time she made the boy go through hell because it "wasn't a real relationship", but the book was actually an eye opener and I would definitely recommend it to every girl I meet.

It doesn't matter what you think you look like or how much you weight. All that matters is that you love yourself, because the day you start loving yourself is the day people will love you, too.
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review 2014-07-05 00:00
Adorkable
Adorkable - Sarra Manning
"The more time I spent with her, the more immune I became to the hot mess that she looked. Not even a hot mess, which implied some kind of hotness, just a mess."

That phrase totally works for both, Jeane and this book.

Jeane is adorkable. What is that? Well....It's being weird + being really strong minded/revolutionary + being feminist + internet addict + puppies (WTF? I love puppies so OK!).
She dress in the most oddly ways to accent her uniqueness and it's completly uncapable of keeping her mouth shut about "stuff that really matters".
And Jeane gets oddly involved with a boy who is everything but adorkable: beautiful and liked by everyone, Michael Lee.

So...If you get to liking Jeane, despite her bitchyness cockyness, you can probably enjoy a fun story. I know I really enjoyed it (don't be fooled by the rating) and it was not about the plot, not about the characters development, not about the dialogs and definitely not about the odd romance. You'll have a dual pov to understand this romance better, but yet this story seems to me a lot more of a coming of age or a self discovery one.

The highlight of this book is the empowerment of dorkiness. It's always interesting to see how authors manage themselves to reflect the reality of how internet is changing us. Awkwardness has skyrocketed its populatity online, and I want to think that that makes it more acceptable offline. And that's cool! I expended most of my teen years trying to fit in and be normal, but teenagers this days are embracing their dorkyness/awkwardness/being-differentness.
This book can give you ,young adult, a wonderful message about how it's OK to be different (which isn't that obvious to everyone) and that in today world you're never alone.

“Dorkdom isn't something you can choose. It's something you are. But instead of dividing the world up into dorkside and darkside, I've realised that we all have a little bit of dork inside us.”

I know I would definitely join this dorkhood!


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