Love, hate, whatever.
Jeane Smith's a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand and has half a million followers on Twitter.
Michael Lee's a star of school, stage and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie.
They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can't they stop snogging?
From dogs on surfboards to accidental hair-dye related incidents, Adorkable is an honest, infectious and downright hilarious tale of kicking love’s butt in the digital age. Sure to have you reaching for the granny chic, check out what the lovely Sarra Manning had to say about getting your geek on..
Hi Sarra! So to start with could you tell us a little bit about what Adorkable is all about?
Whether you’re a bit of a freak, a bit of an outsider, it’s basically the idea that even all the cool people at school, the ones that look amazing, ultimately everybody feels a bit like they don’t fit in, they don’t belong. So Adorkable is about one girl who’s taken that feeling and made it into a lifestyle choice and a career even though she’s only 17!
And Jeane is about as individual as they come - Did you base her on anyone in particular?
It was a little bit based on me, mainly because when I was a teenager I was really angry and just shouted at anybody who annoyed me like Jeane does! I had really strong opinions, I dressed really unusually and in those days it was quite hard to find things like blue nail varnish!
Jeane really started from me just thinking about that sort of thing, how I felt and what I would be like if I was a teenager today but I was also inspired by this blogger called Tavi Gevinson, who edits Rookie Mag - she’s so awesome - and also my friend Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman book. I knew Caitlin when she was 18 and Lauren Laverne and her bandmates, the Kenickie girls, when they were teenagers too so they were all inspiration. Ultimately, I was just thinking that when you’re a teenage girl you have all this power and I think a lot of girls don’t really realise it, that you have this power but when teenage girls are able to harness and channel it, it’s so wonderful, so it was just this girl who is really clued in and knew how to work it really!
(Don't even try to pretend you've never done this because we know you have..)
At the Adorkable launch party, we did have a sneaky chat with your aunt, who was telling us about you when you were a teenager and how you were really into experimenting with different trends. Did you ever have any massive fashion disasters?
All the time! I always used to experiment with my look and my hair and there is a hair dyeing incident in the book, which was quite greatly inspired by something that happened to me and a friend. Basically, this one time my best friend came round and she had this lovely dyed black hair and being fearless, we were like, ‘Oh, no problem, we’ll get it to platinum blonde.’ Not to give anything away but it was just like it is in the book - put the bleach on, leave it for a bit and when she took the helmet off for me to start washing it off it was neon orange! I was absolutely weeping with laughter and it was a Sunday afternoon and she was like, ‘Run to the chemist and get me some hair dye!’ But it was OK because it ended up sort of the colour of peach yoghurt and she quite liked that so it was alright!
I dyed my hair, blue, pink - I’d be running round the garden with the dye burning my scalp and screaming and my mother just despaired, especially the time I dyed the dog’s hair orange with some left over dye that I had.. I just think, if you can’t do it when you’re a teenager, when can you do it? My poor mother - she’d give me a clothing allowance for a pair of shoes for college or something and I’d come home with a 1940s velvet pillbox hat - really practical!
Click next to find out what Sarra had to say about accidental snogging and that time she interviewed Paris Hilton. Not at the same time..