Title: Biggest Flirts
Series: The Superlatives, #1
Author: Jennifer Echols
Source: Publisher (ARC)
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…
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for the review copy of this book!
Normally I’m skeptical of unsolicited review books but I was actually kind of excited to get this one with my Simon & Schuster package since it was Jennifer Echols and I had recently read Such a Rush and really enjoyed it. Since I wanted to try out more of Echols’s books, this was perfect!
Unfortunately, for me, the book was not. It sounded really cute on the back — a cute romance with a touch of music, just what I like — but I felt like it was poorly executed. I think a lot of what I disliked about it had to do with the main characters. I just didn’t like them for pretty much the whole book and felt like they just didn’t redeem themselves at all.
Let’s start with Tia. I just didn’t like her attitude. Being a music geek myself, I felt like she just didn’t fit with the drum captain she was when it came to music. I’m a huge fan of Drumline and just couldn’t picture her in this role. I didn’t like how she was ready to just sleep around but not actually commit to anyone — and it’s even worse since her and Will hook up pretty much an hour after meeting. And don’t even get me started on Will — the guy has a girlfriend and he’s hooking up with Tia! I just couldn’t get behind any of this. I felt like it sent the wrong message to teens.
From there, there’s lots of stuff that goes on that I’m pretty sure I’m too old to be reading. It all felt so ridiculous and very unrealistic. There’s Tia calling Will a pirate, which I didn’t get from the first place, and her making fun of his accent (which I probably hated since I’m Canadian and hate it when people think EVERYONE has that accent that has been deemed Canadian). There’s a part of the story where I think everything was supposed to come into place but it felt too rushed to feel right to me.
In the end, I do want to try more of Echols’s books, but I’d probably lean more towards her contemporary, more serious offerings, rather than the high school drama type of books. Being in my 30s I think I’m just a wee bit too old for that.