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…
“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.
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