Review of Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman

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Cookie O’Gorman

March 25, 2021


Blurb: 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?


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I love stories about nerds and jocks falling in love so I’m always happy when I see that Cookie O’Gorman has written a new novel. I know that I am going to get a funny, heartfelt romance between two people who almost couldn’t be more different if they tried. Her latest, Wallflower, fits the bill.

Viola is entering her senior year, pretty much friendless and content to remain that way throughout her last year of high school. Enter dear old dad who hires star soccer player, Dare, to befriend Viola. Suspicious of Dare’s sudden friendship, Viola discovers that what her dad’s done and decides a little revenge in the form of having Dare be her fake boyfriend is in order.

There’s much to like about Wallflower, especially for us dog-people as Viola volunteers at the local rescue. The relationship between Viola and Dare is cute and should put a smile on any reader’s lips. And, when Viola discovers that someone has adopted her favorite dog at the rescue, Hermione, there are a few tears as we live through the moment with Viola.

Despite the fact that I read and reviewed Adorkable, I was slow to realize that Viola’s parents were Sally and Becks from Adorkable. There’s been a pretty big jump in time but for those of you who read and loved Adorkable, you might want to revisit that world in Wallflower.

If you’re looking for a sweet, funny YA romance, check out Wallflower.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies

Love this playlist!


1. “Electric Love” by BORNS

2. “Are We There Yet?” by Ingrid Michaelson

3. “Shotgun” by George Ezra

4. “Closer” by The Chainsmokers

5. “Somebody to Love” by Queen

6. “Take Care” by Drake ft. Rhianna

7. “Willow” by Taylor Swift 

8. “Chasing Cars” by Vitamin String Quartet

9. “Viva La Vida” by 2Cellos

10. “I Melt With You” by Modern English

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Author Bio:

Cookie O’Gorman writes YA & NA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE, NINJA GIRL, The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder, The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad  and WALLFLOWER are out now!  She is also the author of NA sports romance, The Best Mistake.

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