Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 2014
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…
Biggest Flirts begins when Tia Cruz meets new guy, Will Matthews, at a party. Tia, to no one’s surprise, has already taken position near the beer cooler, and has already started filling her cups. Before the night is over, they both find themselves in Tia’s house, engaging in a make out session. Their time, though, is cut short and they have to part without finishing what they started.
Fast forward to the next day, when she discovers that not only is Will a schoolmate of hers, he is also a new band mate. They flirt in and out of school, but no matter how much Tia likes Will, she keeps turning down his advances. Later on, Will gets a girlfriend (who is not Tia), but this doesn’t stop the likely couple from engaging in harmless flirtations. It is obvious to everyone around them (including myself) they like each other, and are just meant to be. Circumstances lead to them being voted Biggest Flirts, and everything starts to change between them.
When I read this book, I had an instant connection with Tia. She’s the kind of girl who likes to be realistic about most things, and even though most people around her don’t understand her bizarre way of thinking, it works for her. Tia is smart, but she deliberately sets herself up to fail. She drinks a lot at parties and hooks up with boys, simply because it’s fun. After witnessing a disastrous relationship, Tia is determined to stay away from matters of the heart. But when it comes to Will, she finds she can’t just have a random, unattached hook up, and so tries to avoid him (to no avail, of course).
Will, despite his occasional slips, is actually a nice guy. He is loved by most people in the town he relocated from, but when he encounters the people in his new school, he finds some difficulties in being the same cool Will that he once was.
I liked reading about how Tia finally finds out that like every other person, she also can’t do without a little bit of love in her life. I like the way the author describes the school setting, with all the “cool kids” being in the band. It makes for a refreshing change from all the usual settings one expects in a book such as this. I loved getting to know Tia’s friends and connecting with them; and I found myself eagerly waiting to read their stories.
Biggest Flirts is truly a fun read: full of sweet moments, sass, and lovely characters.