Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman

Hi All! It’s Becky. I’m always on the lookout for a cute YA romance. I just finished Cookie O’Gorman’s Wallflower, and it was a very adorable teen love story.

Title: Wallflower
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Other books I reviewed by this author: Adorkable and Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad

Summary: Viola Kent is humiliated when she declares her love for a boy that doesn’t return her feelings. Viola’s situation gets worst when she finds out her father, the school’s soccer coach, gets his star player, Dare to pretend to be her friend. Viola wants to show her father that his meddling was wrong, and she enlists Dare to be her fake boyfriend. The more time Viola and Dare spend together faking a romance, the more their feelings begin to turn real but can these teens from different social worlds find happiness together, or will their difference keep them apart?

Review: When the world gets stressful, I often find a cheesy romance book to help me destress.   Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman promised to be a mindless cheesy romance, and it lived up to the promise.  

In Wallflower, our main character is Viola, the daughter of the school’s soccer coach. Viola has a moment of total humiliation when she declares her love to a boy who doesn’t reciprocate the feelings, and her father gets his star player, Dare to pretend to be her friend. Viola and Dare’s fake feelings begin to turn real, and hijinks ensure. Their relationship is sweet, and their romance develops gradually at a realistic pace. I enjoyed watching them stumble along and fall in love.  

The greatest strength of the book was the characters. Viola and Dare had a charm that made the book more readable. Their interactions were flirty and adorable. Also adorable were Viola’s parents, who were the leads of Gorman’s Adorkable.  I am a sucker for when authors reference their past novels. I loved visiting with Sally and Becks as parents and seeing that they are still happy.

Wallflower is a simple YA romance with characters that make it worth reading.

Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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