Book Reviews

Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 197
Genre: YA, High School
Publish: March 25, 2021
Rating: 3 stars


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 Dareā€”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?


I thought the story between Viola and Dare was okay. I liked it but I wasn’t in love with it. Both characters were good. I thought they fit well together. Nothing really stood out to me.

Viola has to give Dare rides to school because her dad asked her for a favor and before listening to terms she accepted. Slowly she notices Dare being nice to her and talking with her. Then she finds out her father asked Dare to be her friend. To get back at him, she devises a plan to make her father think she and Dare have fallen for each other.

I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve had an off feeling or if it’s because this followed five-star book.