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Cookie O’Gorman | Top 5 Body Positive YA Romance Books & Movies
Author Guest / November 4, 2021

Body Positive is a term I’ve been hearing a lot lately. That could be because I just wrote my first-ever #OwnVoices YA romance. It’s called CUPCAKE, and it features a teen girl named Ariel who is an amazing baker, movie addict, and a reluctant princess when she is nominated onto her high school’s Homecoming Court. She also just happens to be plus-size. That ‘just happens to be’ is actually very important to the book. When I was growing up, there weren’t a lot of stories—either in film or literature—that had characters who are plus-size, let alone ones that were happy in their own skin. Ariel (aka Cupcake) loves herself as she is. She loves her body. She’s a healthy teenager with a healthy relationship to food. That self-love, though it may waiver slightly, is the beginning and end of everything. When I sat down to write this list, I knew that there still wasn’t a lot of representation of plus-size characters—especially in YA. But I also realized that several of my favorite movies/books on this list may be body positive—but they typically feature main characters who struggle with their weight for most (if not all) of the story and are…

Cookie O’Gorman | Author-Reader Match: ADORKABLE
Author Guest / December 6, 2019

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-ReaderMatch” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Cookie O’Gorman! Writes:  ADORKABLE is a YA contemporary romance filled with laughs, swoon and tons of heart!  17-year-old Sally asks her best friend Becks to be her fake boyfriend for a month.  The problem: She’s been in love with him all her life—and he’s completely clueless. About: Cookie is a hopeless romantic, a self-confessed fangirl, and an introvert to the highest degree.  She’s looking for fellow introverts, quirky kindred spirits, and book nerds who love swoony kisses, collect the best book boyfriends, and like to geek out over Harry Potter, X-Men, Star Wars and all the fandoms! What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: –Embraces their inner-dork. –Loves feel-good romances about best friends falling in love. — Wants to LOL and swoon in equal measure. –Harry Potter lovers always welcome! –Fake boyfriend lovers also welcome 🙂 What to expect if we’re compatible: –YA romance with humor and heart for the nerd in all of us. –Quirky characters you’ll love –Swoon-worthy book boyfriends you’ll wish were real. –A very…