by Jennifer Echols
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Publication Date: May 20th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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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… (Goodreads)
Tia was a very unusual character. She was super smart, but didn’t really want to apply herself or to be taken seriously. She aimed to be a slacker, even though she wasn’t really fooling anyone. Why? Fear of responsibility and commitment, which was understandable considering some things that had happened in her life. As a result, Tia aims to be a slacker, does drugs and drinks, and would rather have casual sex than to be in a committed relationship. She was a really funny character, but I wasn’t able to really connect with her all that well.
When Tia meets Will, she slowly starts to change the way she thinks about things. While she doesn’t want to be in a committed relationship, she didn’t really want Will to see anyone either. Will, on the other hand, was dead set on having a girlfriend, even after being in town for just a short while. I didn’t really understand the need for this, or if he just really wanted to be with Tia. It was kind of confusing at times, these being so cute and flirty together, but not being together. I did find that I was able to relate to Will because he is an introvert, and I am the same way. ;)
There were some parts of the book that were really fun, and some that made me want to grab the characters and shake some common sense into them. I liked the setting of the book, and that the main characters were in the marching band. There were a couple of issues that I felt were left unresolved. I don’t know if we will see any of these issues resolved in the rest of the series, but I’m thinking we won’t as the next story will be with a new set of main characters.
Overall; I did think that this was a fun, cute read. I’m curious to see what happens in the next two books in the series.