Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols Review: The Pure High School Experience

September 17, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols Review: The Pure High School ExperienceBiggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #1
Published by Simon Pulse on May 20, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
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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…

Michelle’s Thoughts 

“Worst of all, Will had been elected Biggest Flirt too. I’d felt like I was only teasing him, but the school thought he’d been flirting back. That gave me a head rush. Will secretly liked me.”

Wanting an ultimate high school experience? Wanting to be thrown into a world full of teenagers, romance, and drama? Jennifer Echols basically has done it here in a matter of 336 pages. Hilarious, witty, and fresh, Echols has mastered the mind of an ordinary teenage girl who has never dated before until a one special someone.

This book was sassy. First word that comes to mind when hearing the title? Sassy. This book is all about sass and the wonders of it and how teenagers use it on a daily basis. Tia, the protagonist, is full of it, and I guess I can say that you’ll either love her or hate her. I, myself, ended up loving her and her confidence. She was strong and passionate about everything going on around her. She lived by going with the flow.

In this high school in this world, things were ordinary. There were people like this:

And then there were people like this:

And then there was Tia and Will. Tia is your ordinary teenage girl, except with the fact that she loves partying and has a history of hooking up with guys but never dating anyone particular. Then, Will moves into town and they hook up the moment they meet. Things don’t really work out but they end up staying as friends, at least that’s the way they see it. Everyone at their school sees them as flirts and when they get nominated as ‘Biggest Flirts’ for the school yearbook, they’re basically screwed for different reasons each. They’re just friends, and it’s all awkward. Plus, Will likes someone else. Or does he?

“As we hiked up the lawn to her house, holding hands, Will asked the next logical question, knowing me. “Do you want a drink?” I had a crazy answer: “Not if you’re not. It’s really hard to communicate with somebody when one of you is drinking and the other isn’t.”

This book was actually pure logic. If you want to visualize many teenagers’s lives, just go and read this. It’s cute, funny and true. The atmosphere is so alike to the ordinary person’s, and Jen Echols must’ve had some complete research done to master it all.

Through the end, I realized that this was a quick read that was light. If you just want to go for a read that really doesn’t teach you anything and is all logical, then you should go for this. I was actually planning for this to be an in-depth read with all of these feelings and meanings inside of it. I wanted to read something that I’d have to read and signify in between-the-lines. But really, this was just a book with not much going on. It was pretty good and enjoyable, but not the nicest nut in the shell.

I guess you could say that I could relate to the characters very well, since I’m in high school as well. Now that I’ve begun my experience in an atmosphere like this, it all seemed so real and believable. Tia was the perfect kick-ass protagonist of sassiness. I had a love-hate relationship with her in the beginning, but through the end, she proved the negativity wrong and proved my inner starting thoughts wrong. This girl showed the truth behind teenage life and she proved that being a teenager is tough. High-five for inner sassiness!

Will was… cute. He sure wasn’t the type of guy that made me fan myself or got the air around me steamy, but the connection that he had with Tia was believable. The romance totally wasn’t insta-love, (although there was a hookup at the beginning which didn’t prove any “love”) and they truly were a flirtatious couple if you ask me. They’re the type of people that you imagine having one of those weddings in Vegas, haha.

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Biggest Flirts really proved that the Jennifer Echols is a fantastic writer. In the past, I haven’t enjoyed her books (The Ex Games, specifically) but this really made me want to go out and pick up all of her goodies! This is a very easy nothing-really-going-on-at-the-moment book that you’ll have to either go for if you’d like or stay away from. Either way, it was okay and enjoyable for the right moment.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 

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33 responses to “Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols Review: The Pure High School Experience

  1. I've actually never picked up one of her titles, despite the fact that nearly everyone has read at least one of her books. I'm totally weird like that. I loved the realism. Most teen contemporaries have the MC getting together with a character, and no one else of the opposite sex exists after that (apart from the dreaded third party forming the horrid love triangle). But, that's not realistic. Most teens pash freely and often and I'm sick of YA depicting that they all find the love of their lives at sixteen. Really, how often does THAT happen? Rarely I'm guessing. I need to grab a copy of this. The SASS! I'm sold.

    Brilliant review Michelle <3
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    • Yep! She's a very popular chick-lit author! I really need to get to her other pretties… Hopefully I'll like them just as much or even more! I agree! Most have the characters re-building their personalities and changing to a whole new person. Hmmph. YES! Tired of the un-realism? Kelly, you will love this! Thank you, lovely! <3

  2. I do like the sound of this story and I really loved other Echols' books, but honestly I highly doubt that this one will work for me. I started to get annoyed with teenagers and their drama lately so I'm avoiding it for now. Still sassy is what I like. Great review, Michelle 🙂
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    • I totally know what you're saying! I have tons of those kind of drama-queens in my school who totally need to be part of some nonsense book with all drama and teenagers. Haha, I'd love to see that come to life! xD Thanks, Tanja! <3

    • I think everyone can! xD I did too, and from the moment I saw this at the bookstore, I knew that I would really enjoy it! What's better than a book that'll give you the giggles and brighten up your night? Same! I love reading books like this especially after something dark/dystopian. It's a whole other world!

  3. I have yet to read a Jennifer Echols book, but since I have an arc of the companion, I'm going to try and read this sometime soon-ish 🙂 I love that it has humor, flirting and a sassy heroine who isn't afraid to show the world what she's got. Pure logic? LOL! I can't wait to read this. I don't mind the lack of an actual plot if the characters make me feel feels and give me an enjoyable night 🙂 Ha! I hope I love Will a tad more and I'm already shipping these two 🙂 I'm glad you enjoyed as a whole, Michelle!

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    • Ahaha, I have it, too! I'm definitely going to pick it up soon! I'm sooo excited to hear Sawyer's story! (You'll love him—SOOO HOT.) Totally! This is a great book for a one-night stand or something like that. 😉 Will and Tia are such a cute couple (I second that ship!) but yeah, Will wasn't the best half of the whole if you ask me… Thank you, lovely!

  4. I'm not the biggest fan of chick lit books but your so right! This one was a and light read and just all around cuteness! I'm in my last year of high school and my high school is definitely different than the one in this book lol! Great review 🙂
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  5. I like sass!!!! I've been hesitant in picking this up…the cover just didn't grab me and also the title pushed me further away. HAHA After reading your review, I'm not sure if I'll be picking it up. I don't think it would be suitable for me, it seems too logical. I like cute, though but what if that isn't enough?! I'm thinking way too much…
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    • Yay! Who doesn't? The title was pretty cliche if you ask me… But I actually really like the covers! (And the ones for the next books are superb-adorable as well and correspond to this one!) I guess it can go either way for everyone! 😉 You should take this into consideration, though!

  6. Great review Mich, I love how excitable you get in your reviews hehe. Sounds like a great fluffy read that you can switch your brain off and enjoy. Glad to hear the characters were sassy, those are the best (and most entertaining)! <3

    • Thank you, thank you! *bows* LOL I fangirl 24/7 in reviews, positive or negative, haha! I agree! This was such a simple easy read that you can just go through on a lazy day! Sassy characters rule! (Except for when they're a little too exaggeratedly sassed-up. xD)

    • Thank you, Ebony! <33 It's definitely a summer read. I wish that I've read it sooner! (I always actually find myself reading <b> only chick-lit/contemporary most of the time during summer to get me in the mood, haha!)

  7. I love sassy protagonists! There's nothing like reading a novel based in high school. I just find that half the time they don't reflect what truly goes on in school. (it's never this exciting) The closest thing I have at the moment is the buzz of formal approaching and trying to find a dress! Great review, I'll have to keep a look out for this one.
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    • Same! But the sass has to be needed, if you know what I mean. That's really one of the main parts that really impressed me! This lady must've had some serious research going on, or even based this from her own experiences? Ahh good luck! Finding dresses is the hardest but best part. Thank you! <3

    • It's so adorable! I've read The Ex Games by her and really found it to be disappointing… But that was many years ago! So that's why I decided to go for this one and I am pretty impressed! Thanks, Joy! <3

    • Thank you so much, Nick! <3 OMG Sawyer definitely made me squeal. He's <b> so my type of guy! x) I already have the sequel, I just need to get to it! *stares at horrifyingly huge TBR pile* 😀