Series: The Superlatives #1
Release date: May 20th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARC for Review
Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.
Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.
As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…
What did I know about this book before I picked it up? I knew it was about two people who loved to flirt...as the title suggests. That was the extent of my knowledge, and let me tell you, going into it semi blind was great.
The book takes place in Florida, and I live in Florida so I could actually relate to a lot of the things they brought up, especially the HORRID HUMID WEATHER. Ehem. Moving on, Tia is this girl who loves hooking up with guys, but at the same time is super cautious about them because of family issues you soon discover. Very early on in the book you realize that she's also scared of responsibility, and although she won't truly admit it, it's because she doesn't want to lead people in the wrong direction. Her decisions are hers and hers alone, she doesn't want anyone depending on her. That combination makes her a crazy party goer with low grades. That is, until the other "Biggest Flirt" comes along. Will. Both Will and Tia's characters have flaws, and that usually adds to the characters (in my opinion) but there were a few things I really disliked about Will. The main thing being that no matter what happens and what role he plays in the flirting, he always manages to put all the blame on Tia. Flirting is a two way street. Let me sound like an old woman for a second and say, "It takes two to tango". But their characters do develop and they start acting more mature and responsible.
One thing I disliked about the book was the pacing. It felt like it was happening in the span of a week or so, and then I would turn a page and it would say everything leading up to that had happened in 2-3 days. It threw me off and I had a hard time keeping up with that but all in all it was a minor detail.
That didn't take away from this being a cute and fun summer book. I would say this was the perfect book to start off my summer reading. It was exactly what I needed, and wanted in so many ways. Will and Tia's flirting, the best friends, the friend with benefits, the bitchy "cheerleader" (in this case majorette), all came together and created a light, fun story. I recommend it if you're not looking for anything with deep issues or profound romances. Plus, that cover is just too perfect!
★ ★ ★ ★/5
"You were wrong about me," I insisted. "You were right the first time. I'm random. When I succeed, that's the mistake."
"You make a lot of mistakes."
"You wouldn't think that if you'd known me for more than a week. The people around here have known me forever."
"I just got here," Will said, "and that's exactly why I can see you so clearly."
"I told will to go ahead while I talked to her. I hoped he understood that I was really asking him to wait to change his shirt until I arrived at his truck, but I wasn't sure that message got across."
"But you and me, together, we would be the death of each other. I'd be like, 'I know a guy who has some crack. Go with?' And you'd be like, 'Sure!' Someone has to be the voice of reason in a relationship, Tia, and our voice of reason has had a tracheotomy."
"This is the Home of the Pelicans," he reminded me. "Shooting the bird is a sign of solidarity."
"I hope you have a good night," I called as he headed for the stairs. Descending into the darkness, he called back over his shoulder, "I hope you don't fall in love."
"And I wouldn't change my life for her. I've learned that from you. I'm not changing for somebody else, because that person could disappear. The only person to change for is yourself."
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.www.jennifer-echols.com | http://twitter.com/jenniferechols