on March 25, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
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?
Wallflower is a young adult contemporary romance by Cookie O’Gorman. I think this book is my favorite contemporary YA romance that I have read in 2021 so far. It made me so happy, and I honestly just want to go back and re-read it again because I loved Viola and Dare so much. I would love to read another book about them because I am not ready to say goodbye to them. If you are a fan of the fake relationship trope, then you will love Wallflower. This book is so cute, and has so much heart. It is perfect for young adult readers of all ages. Cookie O’Gorman always write really cute stories that will hit you right in the feels and put a smile on your face, and I think Wallflower might just be my favorite book of hers that I have read so far. I really loved Wallflower.
In Wallflower, we meet our main character Viola, right in the middle of a very brave (and painful) confession. Viola worked up the nerve to tell her popular crush that she loves him, right before she thinks he is moving to the other side of the world. Well, the worst thing she can think of happens. Not only does he not return her feelings, but he isn’t moving yet. Right then and there I could relate to Vi. I loved her. And then I loved her even more when the first thing she did was run to her local animal shelter to rant it out with the pups there. Vi is just the cutest harry potter and dog lover out there. I loved everything about her. I loved her personality, I loved how close she was with her parents (they are her favorite muggles!) and I loved her sense of humor. Wallflower is a really beautiful story of watching Vi find her tribe.
Vi’s dad is the school soccer coach, which is how Vi finds herself driving one of the school’s star soccer player to school every day. Dare is awesome because he not only knows how to push Vi out of her comfort zone (as well as pushing all of her buttons) but he is also just so darn nice about it! I loved Dare right from my very first interaction with him. I was rooting for him from page one. And as much as I loved Vi (or flower as Dare calls her) I really wanted Dare to get his happy ending.
If you are fan of super cute romance filled with Harry Potter, the Princess Bride and a million other pop culture references and characters you can’t help but root for hardcore, then wallflower is the hidden gem you didn’t know you needed in your life. But you do. You need to read this book. I loved it so much and I think you will too! Expect to see it on my 2021 favorite lists, book boyfriend lists and probably many more. It is so cute and made me so happy.
Plus, it’s free on kindle unlimited!