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Wallflower

by Cookie O'Gorman


Spoiler-Free Synopsis:


Wallflower (wohl-flou-erh): Identifier for someone who is shy and/or awkward. For reference, see Viola Kent.


Seventeen-year-old Viola Kent likes being invisible. Well, not literally, but she's content being a loner, reading her books, and hanging out with the animals at the shelter. She just wants to keep her head down and get through her senior year at Durham High.


Driving Dare Frost to school every day wasn't part of the plan.


And when Viola finds out her dad recruited Dare, his number one player, to be her friend?


Her inner Slytherin demands revenge.


The solution: Get Dare to be her fake boyfriend.


Convincing the star athlete to pretend is easier than she'd thought it would be. The hard part is protecting her heart. With every word, touch, and kiss, Viola's feelings become more real.


The problem: Viola knows she's falling for Dare—but he doesn't believe in love.


This book features two sets of soulmates, one happy pooch named Hermione, so many sizzling kisses and answers the question:


Can a dork and a jock fake their way to true love?


The answer is yes.

And I’m still going to enjoy every minute of it.


I'm one of those people who physically squeal, swoon and screech when something good happens in a book. (or bad. Depending on how good the bad scene is)

It's a miracle the authorities weren't notified when I yelled: HOLY CRAP, GIRL GET HIM. GET.HIM. OR I SWEAR I WILL.

I think my neighbors are used to it.

I'm so sorry

See, when one goes into a rom com (especially when it's from an author you absolutely adore), expectations can't be all 'I'm really looking for a real romantic story' or 'I need a significant amount of the characters to be reasonable'. Because that notion is sadly not going to come true.

But to be honest, when have I ever read a book in which all the characters are honest, and talk out their emotions without having to almost die/ create a revolution/ or have a love spider web.


Huh, well that is a new discovery.


There were tropes, clichés, swoony moments, infuriating moments, crazy plans, revenge plots, fake dating, basically things a lot of people dislike, present in this story.


But dang did I enjoyed it all.

I yeeted my pillow off the bed when they kissed.

I screamed bloody murder whenever they were interrupted.

And of course, I harassed GR with updates.

Because why not make everyone annoyed? It's sooo much fun.


Even though I've read about/ saw / sadly not experienced, the plot nor the storyline, there's just something so refreshing about coming back to the chick flicks and stereotypical read which has forever warmed the abyss of my soul (and saved me from reading slumps because some books are that bad). Is there anything better than that?


Grabbing a cozy blanket.

Threatening to strangle and cut to pieces, certain family members that don't understand the fact of reading=doing something. And indeed, I AM doing something.

Leaning back into a mountain of pillows.

And preparing the endless amount of snacks that will be devoured...

*sigh*

That is why I read.(apart from wanting to FEEL something)

The writing was so easy to interpret (which isn't bad at ALL) which made me enjoy this all the better. There were no exaggerated metaphors, no mystery to solve (unless you count Dare's real name *smirk*), no confusion regarding

books written in

such a

manner that reading

them becomes

a job in and of

itself.

It was just nice and simple. Just the way I needed it to be.

finally


The language and form of speech flowed amazingly. There were no forced conversation, no boring moments of info dumpness, just pure...bliss.

I absolutely loved the characters *stares in disbelief at the confession*. Seldom do I see background characters in books having an actual personality and parents being present at least in half of the book (because alllll YA teens dislike their parents and/ or do not know they exist.✨surprise✨ Another trope which I hate), and working relationships aside from the main characters! Who would've thought such a thing existed.

I am actually scared at how much the MC and I were alike. Like um... am I YA character material??? Please tell me I'm not.


She likes black

I like black

She likes animals

I like animals

She loves to read

I only breathe books

She had a crush on Dare

I had a crush on Dare

She jumped into a pool without knowing how to swim to save a puppy

I- well, I haven't done that yet. I believe that my future self will be slightly smarter than that.

(who am I kidding, I would probably throw myself into a lava pit to see if it's hot)


Viola was the kindest person ever, albeit a bit dense in admitting her feelings for Dare. Which, I completely understand because I would've done the same thing. If a person likes me, they better be ready to do a whole presentation for me to get it. It has to include a thesis, hypothesis, and whole dang conclusion, I'll also need footnotes to properly understand everything. I loved how her heart was always open and hated it at the same time.

Because her heart. was. always. open. Overall? I wouldn't mind having her as a BFF and bringing my stone self with me. I'll teach her how to close her heart, real quick. That's lowkey sad


Do you know what wasn't sad? The guy in this book.

The love interest was lovely.

I'll be his truth.

I'll make him be honest and see the light.

I'll be his Pride & Prejudice- okay, I think y'all get it.

He made me swoon so badly, I was legit smothering a pillow in my excitement. I messaged a friend of mine countless times being all:


Booksy: 𝙶𝚒𝚛𝚕, 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗'𝚝.

Booksy: 𝙷𝚎'𝚜 𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚎.

Booksy: 𝙿𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚒𝚗.

Booksy: 𝙸'𝚖 𝚍𝚢𝚒𝚗𝚐.

Booksy:𝙸 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚢𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚍𝚕𝚢.

Booksy: 𝙷𝚎𝚕𝚙.


To be honest, sometimes he angered me, but I believe that there has to be at least a modicum of arguments in a relationship. Which we both are in. With each other. He just doesn't know it yet. This man was tall, handsome, sarcastic, sassy, didn't believe in love, and guysssss, his real name? Psh! Amazing.

And like, he made me feel- OH MY GOD, I JUST REALIZED WHAT THE NAME OF THE BOOK STANDS FOR. OH MY GOD. MY INNOCENCE- is still present, moving on...

All in all, I would most likely crush hard on Dare. Would I marry him? Remains to be seen. *wink WINK*

The romance was so darn tooting sweet. (I just said tooting. I need help) It made me feel loved, single, destroyed, single, amazingly fluffy... and loved! And those kisses of theirs??? Nuh uh. They wanted to kill me. Thoroughly. They are a danger to society. I adored how they communicated their feelings in the final chapters, how their banter didn't feel uncomfortable nor awkward to witness. The fake dating was *chef's kiss* perfection, without counting the fact of the 'Phases of revenge'.

If I could blush, I would've blushed from here to Neptune. Alllll the way. Forget about jetpacks, just take my cheeks and staple them to a pair of wings. Icarus got nothing on that.


On a closing note, (because I'm sounding too weird. Well, more so than usual) this was an amazingly sweet read and I didn't give it five stars for the sole reason that I didn't agree on how some things were rushed at the end, nor did I like the whole confession chapter. I don't know if it's because I'm heartless or because it was that fast-paced. I would re-read this all day, every day if I could. And scream at it/throw some hands/ burst some eardrums with my overenthusiastic squealing. Entertainment comes at a cost, people. Don't say I didn't warn you- (what am I even saying at this point)


If you're even the littlest curious about reading this book, I would advise reading Adorkable first to have a complete experience. Because some characters in that book are grown up in this one. And it hurt me. Emotionally. The readers who don't mind tropes, nor lack of brain cells evident in the great majority of these lovable characters will greatly enjoy this one (I think. I THINK. Please don't come at me if you don't like it, rant with me instead!) And as always...


Stay sassy, dear deadlings.

*WINK WINK*


P.S: I have no clue what happened to me throughout this review. I was not drunk, even though I get the feeling that I wrote it drunk. How does that even work-


Oh right, lack of wanting to do anything.


Disclaimer: Any and all opinions said up there are my own, and please feel free to call me out for any errors or any offensive comments, so I can get right on it and get it fixed!


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • The precious fact that Dare loves pets, especially dogs. Be calm, soul of mine. It's just- it's basically the same thing as seeing a man holding a baby. Impossible to resist.

  • Their amazingly swoony banter shall be forever ingrained into my flushed facial facility.

  • The meaning of the title of the book. THE MEANING OF WALLFLO- I'll stop now.


I enjoyed another book and I'm getting suspicious.







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