Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
the first book in the Superlatives series
published on May 20th 2014 by Simon Pulse
contemporary | romance
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…
Despite only having read from Jennifer Echols once in the past, I did enjoy her writing and was eager to read more of her works. Then when I saw the absolutely adorable cover for Biggest Flirts and fell for the fluffy-sounding synopsis, of course I had to read it next.
Our heroine is Tia, and she’s a girl you’ll either love or hate. She’s a bit of a wild girl and isn’t afraid to admit that she enjoys fooling around with boys. Personally, I thought her character was really unique–a lot of the heroines we come across are a bit too nice, right? The best part about her character was that she really seemed like a teen. We’ve all seen complaints about main characters seeming like old ladies or children–I didn’t experience that with Biggest Flirts.
Now, just because I liked Tia doesn’t mean everyone will. She was one of those heroines who didn’t want serious relationships and caused a lot of drama because of that. She had no contact with her sisters. She might be a bitch for some, even. It’s all up to how the readers interpret Tia’s character.
Like I said earlier, Tia had no contact with her sisters. This really saddened me a bit, since it does happen to people in real life. So family didn’t play a huge role in Tia’s story, but by the end of the book that had changed (a bit) and I was thankful for it. Aside from family, friends also did play a small role in the book. Tia had some friends who were supportive of her, but I wish there were more interactions with them.
The romance, of course, played the biggest part of the book. Will is the love interest, who was a bit immature at first, but then he grew into his own skin and I really liked his character by the end of the book. Again, I thought his character was a realistic teen, too–pretty bipolar and tends to make unwise choices. He and Tia were both so similar yet so different–I guess that explains their undeniable chemistry, despite their quick-paced romance (but hey, that’s teen love for you)!
Biggest Flirts is a book you’ll either love or hate. Best go into it with an open mind.
A quickie overview:
Read this if: You want something cute and genuinely funny. You like YA narrators who actually sound like real teens.
Don’t read this if: Quick-developing romances make you cringe. You don’t like high school drama (kind of) and on-and-off relationships.