Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Series: The Superlatives #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-05-20
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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…
Someone help me, I’m still grinning like a fool.
I’ve said this before, but Jennifer Echols is my go-to author for when I want a light, fun, read. With Biggest Flirts, she made me ignore everything and everybody until I read every single page of this book.
You know when you’re watching a romance movie and all of a sudden there’s this montage with happy, upbeat music that fast forwards the couple through different situations so at the end of the 2-minute montage they’re in love? Well, this book is kind of like the parts the montage wanted to skip.
I loved it! I loved seeing Tia & Will flirting with each other, and laughing, and finding excuses to touch each other, and just getting to know each other, and even falling for each other in the process. They basically started off as some very complicated friends (it was lust at first sight), but along the way they found a way to co-exist.
They had to find a way to get along because they would be standing next to each other in Marching Band practice all the time, which lead to more flirting and overall cuteness. I was giggling and smiling most of the time I was reading this.
Tia as a character is pretty flawed. But she’s also pretty awesome. Tia is guarded and insecure because she’s seen what love does. Time after time she’s seen people in her life get screwed over by falling in love, so Tia decides never to do so. I loved seeing her inner struggle between opening up to Will and pushing him away. I also loved that she had depth as a character. Also, Tia is Puerto Rican! * fist bump *
Will is a cutie. I wouldn’t call him perfect boyfriend material, but his adorable Minnesota accent was enough to win me over. Will was kind of annoying at first, but maybe this is just me. I was mad that he wanted to date other people, but kept flirting with Tia. I loved that Tia just came right up and called him on this.
The reason Will & Tia are so good for each other is the fact that they both see through each other’s pretenses. They’re not afraid to say what they really think, and they ultimately make each other better.
The fact that this is the first book in a series that revolves around the Superlative titles is great because it gives way to develop characters that you came to love in this installment.
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars (like I initially wanted to), is because I guess I’m getting a bit older (and wiser, hopefully), so I realize that the drinking, drugs, and friends with benefits aspect that was mentioned at first didn’t really sit well with me. Once it was dealt with and resolved, my enjoyment for the book increased.
Overall, if you’re looking for a book with absolutely none of that insta-love nonsense, then please, pick this up! You’ll be smiling and fangirling just like I was.
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