Thursday, April 24, 2014

Up and Coming: Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Release Date: May 20, 2014

Tia was not expecting the new guy with the earring that she met at a summer party to be the guy standing next to her in drum line all year. But, he's extremely cute, really funny and clicks with her immediately, so it's not exactly a problem either. Except there's the fact that he'd really like her to go out with him and Tia just doesn't see the point- she's seen sort of damage her sisters have done to their lives after getting too involved with guys and that's just not interesting to her. Instead, she'd be perfectly happy to be Will's friend with benefits. But, when he turns her down in favor of a steady girlfriend, Tia may have to question whether her no-boyfriend rule is worth breaking though it may already be too late to ask the question.

Jennifer Echols writes some of my favorite girl protagonists. They remind me of girls I went to high school with in the best way. These girls are not the damsels in distress. Instead, they are tough, funny and can stand on their own two feet. Her girls also feel like real high school girls because they are busy. Tia's in band, has an after school job outside, has friends and family pressures, all outside of her interest in Will. Real girls are complicated and mult-faceted and I love that Jennifer Echols writes girls who are like that too.

Another reason to read Echols is that when her characters have chemistry it basically burns up the pages. Will and Tia spend a lot of time just busting each others chops on the football field at band practice and there is just as much chemistry in these scenes as a lot of kissing scenes you'll read in other YA. These two are quick, really seem to get each other and it makes for a really fun read to see whether they'll ever get it together.

This is the start of a new series by Echols and there are hints about who the other books will be about in Biggest Flirts. After this first meeting, I am very much looking forward to spending some more time with the Superlatives.

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