Review: Biggest Flirts (Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols

Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)Biggest Flirts (Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols

Publication Date: May 20, 2014
Page Count: 336
Published by: Simon Pulse
Source: eArc received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis 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…

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This was another really cute and enjoyable book by Jennifer Echols. It was quick and easy to read, with entertaining characters and a realistic plot.

It took me a while to warm up to Tia. She was a chronic underachiever and definitely not your average protagonist. I really didn't like her at first, but I was interested in finding out why she acted the way she did. Also, she reminded me of another of Echols' characters, Meg from Going Too Far. (If you haven't read Going Too Far yet, you should just so you can experience John After, who I think is totally adorable and awesome!) Tia was leery of relationships and opening herself up to heartbreak and disappointment after seeing what love did to her 3 older sisters. She made really bad decisions based on what she believed was right, even though she was wrong most of the time. I could totally see where she was coming from and why she did the things she did, even if I didn't always agree with her.

Will was a complete doll. Who wouldn't fall in love with him? Gah. He and Tia seemed like complete opposites - he thrived on responsibility and commitment while she avoided it at all costs. He seemed a little uptight and straightlaced at first, but he quickly drew me in. As the new guy in school, he was definitely out of his element, but I liked how hard he tried to adjust to his new life. He seemed like the typical teenage boy, and he had his own set of problems, but he wasn't afraid to put himself out there. He came off as genuine, and he had a big heart and was easy to be around. He's not 'perfect', but he IS realistic, and I liked him so much because of it.

Tia and Will had undeniable chemistry from their very first meeting. I thought they were really cute together and I loved their witty banter and deep conversations. Their relationship could totally work if Tia could get over her fears, and Will could get over his expectations. Better communication between them would have caused fewer problems and less disappointment.

As much as I adored Will, I must admit to having a huge (HUGE!) crush on Sawyer. Oh my, that boy was just too much. Wannabe bad boy, but underneath he had fears of being rejected. He made some really bad choices and had questionable behavior at times, but I think he was just trying to cope with his crappy home life the only way he knew how. I'm super duper excited and I can't wait to read more about him in book 3!!!!!!!!

Biggest Flirts has the typical drama and angst that goes along with teenagers and relationships, but it does manage to go deeper by addressing the characters' family issues. Overall, this was an awesome read that is just perfect for summer! I definitely recommend for older teens due to language, sex, and drug use. Jennifer Echols is a favorite of mine, and I can't wait to read the rest of this series.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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  1. This just sounds so darn cute!! And 2 guys that are crush-worthy?? Yes Please!! I haven't read any books by Jennifer Echols and I really want to. Everyone seems to like Going too far, but I hate the cover of it so much that I've never really thought of reading it. Now that I think about it, that's sort of dumb. Great Review, I'm glad you liked the book!! (and I totally LOVE the cover of this book, SO cute!!!)

    1. You really should read some of her books. She writes different types of books, so you may find something that you like. Her YA romantic comedies are young, cute, and sweet. Her YA/NA romance have a bit more oomph to them. And her 20-something romance is the Stargazer series. I really enjoyed Going Too Far, and I really love John After in that book. Even though he is my son's age and I feel weird typing that!

  2. This one does sound cute, and I loved your description of Will, the fact that he was realistic but still a complete doll. Is this one of those contemporaries that ends in a cliffhanger though? That seems to be the new thing to do and I have to say, I can't stand it. Great review, I'm adding it to my TBR list! ~Pam

    1. This is the first book in a series, so no cliffhanger. Each book focuses on a different couple who have been voted on for their yearbook - Biggest Flirts, Perfect Couple, and Most Likely to Succeed. All of the characters were introduced in the first book, so I'm sure they'll make appearances in each of the books.


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