I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I’m a huge fan of Sarra Manning’s Adorakble, in fact I’d consider it to be in my top 10 favourite contemporaries. So when I heard that she was bringing out a new book about London, I was absurdly excited. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it nearly as much as I expected to.
I didn’t feel any connection to Sunny, or any of the other characters. I don’t know what it was, but I just really struggled to connect to them. It might have had something to do with the writing—I’ve just come off the back of some stunning books, and I think this just paled in comparison. I think if I’d read it at a different time that I might have enjoyed it more, but it just stood no chance next to Radio Silence and Frankie for me.
I liked the parts that explored London. I think it’s a beautiful city and there’s so much to write about, so I enjoyed the parts Sara Manning picked. The scenes really show how much she knows London, but it’s still possible for people who’ve never been there to understand and picture the places Sunny goes.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the rest of the story. A lot of it felt quite young to me. I’ve spoken about this before, but I think there’s a definite gap in YA. Some books come off as being ‘young’ YA to me, and others feel more adult. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m personally more of a fan of the more mature YA.
I can understand how people really like this book, but personally, it just wasn’t for me. I still very highly recommend Adorkable to everyone out there.
Thank you to Hot Key Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book.