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Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)
Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols 
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Pagecount: 336
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Superlatives #1
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Buy It: Amazon  

Description from Goodreads:
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…

This book was incredibly cute and fun. Our two main characters met right at the very beginning, and then the story took off from there, not leaving any room for the story to become a bore. I honestly enjoyed this whole story, though it did frustrate me at times. When it comes down to it, Biggest Flirts was fun to read and though I haven't read much of Jennifer Echols' works, I totally want to read more.

Tia, our protagonist, was actually not too bad of an MC. I did like reading the story from her point of view, and I liked her personality. She did annoy me a time or two, mostly when she got prickly or when she pushed Will away even though everyone in the whole world could tell she didn't really want to. It took her a while to get on board with how she really felt about things, but I did enjoy watching her take that little journey. 

Will was so cute and sweet. He wasn't absolutely perfect, but he was realistic, and if he were real, I'd definitely be friends with him.He had his own issues that he was working through while Tia dealt with hers, and I liked that. He wasn't there solely to aid Tia in whatever she did--he was a real person, with real conflicts, too. I didn't very much enjoy his need to find a girlfriend (or, more specifically, anything he did that involved Angelica), but he was such a nice guy that I kind of got over that by the end of the book. He won me over by that point.

Their relationship was both frustrating and adorably sweet at the same time. I loved them together--they were funny and clearly liked each other. But their rocky road to getting to that point got on my nerves sometimes. Mostly when Angelica was thrown into the situation, and Sawyer. And I really, really liked Sawyer. However, I was glad that their love story didn't play out completely the way I imagined it, and that Angelica played a smaller role in the story that I'd anticipated. As far as romance goes, though, I was satisfied with what brewed between Will and Tia. They were the cutest "friends" and then I was glad whenever things ventured into more. They made the more adorable flirty couple, and I definitely was rooting for them the whole way through this novel.

The story as a whole surprised me with how it went. I was expecting to be jealous as eff the whole time, because Will had a girlfriend and Tia "didn't want a boyfriend" and all that jazz. Instead, Will and Tia were good friends even when they weren't together and I got my fill of cuteness through that. Plus, Will's girl (if she can even actually be considered that, which I kind of doubt) wasn't too big of a deal. I ended up loving the path this story took, and the only part I didn't really like was the end. The book just ended too abruptly for me. I'd like to have gotten more from the ending--more with Will and Tia, and more with Tia and her family. 

Overall, I highly enjoyed Biggest Flirts. It was a quick, fun read, and I loved getting sucked into Will and Tia's story. I am seriously excited for more Superlative books, and more books by Jennifer Echols in general. I'm especially excited for Sawyer's book, which is going to be third in this series. Yay!

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. 

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  1. This sounds like such a nice book to read, I've put it on my wishlist! Great review!

  2. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE that they're friends first and that the romance is sweet!

    It's awesome it didn't play out in a predictable way :)

    Lovely review :)

  3. Thanks for the giveaway.Sounds like a great book.

  4. ive heard really good things about this author and her contemporaries! :)

  5. Man, what would it have been like to be a big old flirt in high school? Or ever, for that matter? I have always been so shy, and such a dork, that my flirting skills have never been all that astounding! Oh well, I still got the best catch in the world! Thanks for the post and the giveaway!!


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