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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…
ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I read Such a Rush a couple of months ago (my first Jennifer Echols book) and fell in love with it! I was excited to get my hands on this one because it sounded like such a fun book. While Biggest Flirts is very different from Such a Rush, this was such a fun story that still managed to bring on the feels. I love when a book can do that.
Biggest Flirts starts off when bad girl Tia meets new guy, Will, at a party. As usual, Tia is already drinking when they meet. They end up flirting and they end up at her house by the end of the night. After some hot makeout time, their time is cut short. Despite the fact that Will went home with a girl he just met, he really is a good guy. He likes Tia and ends up asking her out at the end of their night. Fooling around with guys? No problem for Tia. But dating or getting serious with a guy? A big no-no. Tia turns him down, and this isn’t the only time she does it. The next day, she discovers that he’s in band with her. Their flirting gets more intense, but no matter how much Tia actually likes Will. She keeps turning him down, then he ends up asking out someone else. The flirting between them doesn’t stop there. Although it’s innocent (kind of since he’s…kind of seeing someone) it’s obvious to everyone else that they like each other. When they are both voted as Biggest Flirts, everything changes between them.
Tia was such a fun character, I liked her right away. And not just because she’s Meaxican (thank you Echols for not making her throw in random spanish words when she talked!) but because she was realistic in a complex way. Her whole way of thinking was so bizarre…but I could see how it made sense for her. Tia is a classic underachiever. She drinks at parties because that’s what people expect of her. She hooks up with guys because she likes it. She plays dumb when she’s actually in the top percentage of her class. After witnessing her older sister’s disastrous relationships, she’s determined to stay away from relationships. Until Will comes along and makes her want more. Tia made me laugh and also made me want to shake some sense into her at times. But I loves seeing her realize that just like everyone else, she wants love in her life too. She isn’t the easiest character to like, and honestly, if you don’t like flawed characters then this may not be the book for you. I really liked how and I liked how Will brought out a different side to her. Their flirt sessions were also fun to read!
It took me a while to connect ‘marching band’ with ‘cool,’ but that’s only because where I went to high school being in the school band was like social suicide. Of course, this was also the kind of school where a football player getting a cheerleader pregnant was considered like couple royalty… I thought it was awesome how being in a band was not only considered cool, but how they took it so serious. I loved getting to know Tia’s friends and I’m excited to read their stories. And once again, thank you Jennifer Echols for portraying sex in a very realistic way. Always love to see this in YA! Biggest Flirts was a fun story, full of snark, swoon and memorable characters.
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Biggest Flirts:
Then he felt for my top button and fastened it, then the next. I’d never had a boy dress me before. As long as he watched me like I was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen, he could put as many layers of clothing on me as he wanted.
“I think we’re sending each other mixed messages,” he said.
“I think I’ve sent a very clear message,” I corrected him, “and you’re choosing not to receive it.”
When Bob took a turn for the worse, sometimes I got so stressed out that I cleaned and organized the shop. That just made them love me more, raise my pay, and load more responsibility on my shoulders. It was terrible. I didn’t know how to get out of this vicious cycle.
And while I wasn’t listening, I’d been elected Biggest Flirt. “I’m not sure I like this. It has a slut-shaming flavor, like they really wanted to give me Biggest Ho.”
“I can understand why we shouldn’t flirt anymore because of the title, but not why I can’t leave my drum in your car. This is how it ends, after all our time together? What about the mortgage? What about the kids?”
His grim mouth slid to one side, like he was frustrated with me and also trying very hard not to laugh.
Sometimes out flirting was innocent like this: We weren’t thinking dirty, and we realized how it looked to other people only after the fact. Sometimes not.
I think this cover is adorable and it’s what caught my eye in the first place. Check out my cover inspired Book Look:
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