Aug 15, 2014

Review -- Biggest Flirts

16140838Biggest Flirts
Author: Jennifer Echols
Release Date: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 317
Format: Paperback, Bought

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Synopsis:

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…


My Review:
Tia is a girl scared of commitment. She was content in her life drinking at parties, not doing homework, and just not taking any responsibilities in her life. Then Will walks into her life. She keeps trying to get herself not to think about him, but she is having trouble. She gets to decide whether she can really accept a relationship or if she is still better off alone.

This book was so refreshing. The last book I read was rather rough. I was afraid that if I read another book that wasn't good, I would go into a severe reading slump. Luckily for me I picked the perfect book to keep me reading strong. This book was wonderful. It wasn't your typical contemporary. It definitely had the romance thing to it, but it wasn't overpowering. Echols does a great job putting some harder life elements in it.

The book has teens that all want a different life. Will wants to do what he wants with his future but his parents won't go with it. He had a hard life before in Minnesota though he didn't know it. Sawyer has a dad in jail and doesn't have a good home life. Tia has her sisters that are all being abused or got knocked up in high school and had a mom that ran off for drugs. It is some hard parts in the lives of the teens and you get to watch what they do to fix it all. All 3 of them grow up so much in just a couple weeks. They all help each other realize what they are doing wrong and getting through it together.

Tia was a  hard character to follow for a little while. Here is Will, this wonderful sweet guy she obviously wants, but she fights it to the bitter end. Even when she thinks she over comes it, her demons still haunt her. She has a hard time letting go of the past that isn't even hers. She uses her mother and sister to try to say relationships aren't worth it. She gets to try to find out that sometime the right one comes along to make the relationship help you become a better person, not drag you down.

Will breaks my heart. He finds out his girlfriend cheats on him the same night he leaves to move to Florida. That is a hard pill to swallow. He had so much going for him in Minnesota and he loses all of it when he moves. Now he gets to spend his senior year just trying to get by in his life until college. Then he meets a girl who changes everything, Tia, and he keeps getting his heart broken. It makes you want to go into the pages and just give him a huge hug and say he will get through it.

A character that surprised me in the book was Sawyer. He was a character that I wanted away from Tia throughout the whole book, but what he ends up doing in the end of the book had me cheering for him. I know he ends up in future books down the road and I can't wait to understand him some more.

I loved the writing style that Echols has in this book. She keeps it all flowing in a way that makes it pretty much impossible to stop. I usually don't like to start reading a book if I can't even get a chapter in, but with my time limited, I still took advantage of any time I could even if I could only read a page, I was getting what I could get. I ended up spending my lunch break devouring the rest of the pages. I wanted to go back right them and start re-reading all over again.

Like I said above, even though this book is a contemporary, it is a refreshing one. You get so much from the pages and it leaves you with a smile on your face and a good feeling in your heart when it is over. I felt like I could overcome so much just from the pages. I got a new found confidence in myself and I know anyone else who reads this will get the same thing.

The book is set mainly at the high school that Tia and Will attend. Parts of it are also set at Tia's house but the majority of it is at band practice. It sounds like it would be lame, but it weirdly works well in this story and makes it even more lovable.

I think people who don't even like contemporaries would enjoy the book and I know most of you on here who read my blog enjoy the same books that I do. This is a book that is definitely worth getting ahold of.


1 comment:

  1. I really liked this one. It was so hard for me to start for some reason, but once I got into it, I was sucked in. I thought it was really amazing. I just love Jennifer Echols YA books.

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