- Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon Pulse (20. Mai 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1442474459
- ISBN-13: 978-1442474451
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 14 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,3 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 367.791 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Biggest Flirts (The Superlatives) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. Mai 2014
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"Entertaining and engaging." (School Library Journal)
"Teen romance fans on the hunt for a flirty fix will find plenty to enjoy in this sexy, fun beach read." (Kirkus Reviews)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her at Jennifer-Echols.com.
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I am a big fan of Jennifer Echols' books and I have been dying to start the Superlatives series for a while now. Knowing Jennifer's stories I knew I would love this new series, but the lovely cover really caught my attention.
The main character in Biggest Flirts is not a sad girl or a girl who has no friends, it's the complete opposite and you, as a reader, might end up either loving her or hating her. Tia Cruz is a wild spirit, she doesn't care about school or her grades, she doesn't do relationships or boyfriends because she wants to avoid all the drama, she's well-known around her school and she's one of those girls one seeking a fun night - no strings attached. She loves to make people laugh and even better if the laugh comes from a hot guy. She's not afraid to say things as they are and she has no problem to talk openly about any topic: sex, music...
I think I liked her because of that. It was kind of a fresh air in the main character type department, since I have been reading books where the heroine started as a wounded or defenseless girl. Because of Tia's wild spirit, cracking up some jokes while trying to live up to her stereotype: the irresponsible girl who will always drop everything, was one of the things that made this story so enjoyable.
I was surprised by Tia's maturity under her "I-don't-care" behavior and also her wisdom about love and relationships as such young age and even more after realizing that she has never allowed herself to suffer the consequences of love.
Another important character in this story is Will, the person who will make Tia's rules crumble. We meet this character at the very first pages along with Tia and he's as lost as her. Although it is more visible that his character is hurt and afraid, they find a way to move along the two of them together and ending up being inseparable.
Will was a true teenager because sometimes I wanted to punch him in the face for some of the things he said to Tia. That's what makes characters real: the not being perfect all the time. Also he had some switch of moods that made my heart ache for Tia and that's always part of being a teenager. So Jennifer Echols did a great job creating her teen characters.
I have wanted a little more involvement from Tia's family, since the decisions her family members did affects her and what they think of her, too. We only get to see her sister Violet come home again and it was nice, but I would have liked to see the whole Cruz' family coming to terms with one another.
The romance was a good one and when things were finally coming to terms, Tia and Will's story ended up so suddenly... I wanted more!
Jennifer Echols not only introduces us to the Superlatives world and what it means to be labeled at high school, but also it makes us wonder about our choices, about being brave enough to risk being hurt by someone else and to decide to move on or get stuck forever doing what's safe.
I loved the wisdom Jennifer Echols put in this new story and I loved every single page of this book. I am definitely a Superlative fan and I'm dying to read the following stories about Tia's friends. That's why I highly recommend this story to you and ask you to give Tia a chance, although it might not have your typical heroine's character.
I’ve said this before, but Jennifer Echols is my go-to author for when I want a light, fun, read. With Biggest Flirts, she made me ignore everything and everybody until I read every single page of this book.
You know when you’re watching a romance movie and all of a sudden there’s this montage with happy, upbeat music that fast forwards the couple through different situations so at the end of the 2-minute montage they’re in love? Well, this book is kind of like the parts the montage wanted to skip.
I loved it! I loved seeing Tia & Will flirting with each other, and laughing, and finding excuses to touch each other, and just getting to know each other, and even falling for each other in the process. They basically started off as some very complicated friends (it was lust at first sight), but along the way they found a way to co-exist.
They had to find a way to get along because they would be standing next to each other in Marching Band practice all the time, which lead to more flirting and overall cuteness. I was giggling and smiling most of the time I was reading this.
Tia as a character is pretty flawed. But she’s also pretty awesome. Tia is guarded and insecure because she’s seen what love does. Time after time she’s seen people in her life get screwed over by falling in love, so Tia decides never to do so. I loved seeing her inner struggle between opening up to Will and pushing him away. I also loved that she had depth as a character. Also, Tia is Puerto Rican! * fist bump *
Will is a cutie. I wouldn’t call him perfect boyfriend material, but his adorable Minnesota accent was enough to win me over. Will was kind of annoying at first, but maybe this is just me. I was mad that he wanted to date other people, but kept flirting with Tia. I loved that Tia just came right up and called him on this.
The reason Will & Tia are so good for each other is the fact that they both see through each other’s pretenses. They’re not afraid to say what they really think, and they ultimately make each other better.
The fact that this is the first book in a series that revolves around the Superlative titles is great because it gives way to develop characters that you came to love in this installment.
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars (like I initially wanted to), is because I guess I’m getting a bit older (and wiser, hopefully), so I realize that the drinking, drugs, and friends with benefits aspect that was mentioned at first didn’t really sit well with me. Once it was dealt with and resolved, my enjoyment for the book increased.
Overall, if you’re looking for a book with absolutely none of that insta-love nonsense, then please, pick this up! You’ll be smiling and fangirling just like I was.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Tia and Will met at a party. Will was the new guy and because of that, perfect for Tia who wanted to hook up with someone. An hour later things were definitely not YA book material. I know that probably some of you will have a problem with this, but I didn't. I actually liked how it started, but my problems with the book, started right after the beginning.
Tia has commitment issues and thus she doesn't want to be together with Will who kind of expected they would start dating after they hooked up. It drags through almost whole book how she doesn't want to date, but you could see the sparks between them flying everywhere. It even came to that that Will started dating another girl, but the flirting between Tia and Will doesn't stop. They actually get the Biggest Flirts superlatives in their yearbook.
As you can see, my biggest problem with this book were the characters. I don't like the whiny oh-what-am-I-going-to-do type of characters, and Tia and Will were both like that. I just wanted to strangle them half of the time, even though they were cute sometimes. Another thing I didn't like was Marching Band, drums and everything related to that. I don't think we have Marching Bands in Croatia, and I'm damn glad for that! Tia and Will were both part of their schools Marching Band and a lot of scenes in Biggest Flirts happened on their practice. I'm sure it's not that boring, but reading about it was incredibly boring. Note to authors, don't write a book that features a Marching Band!
While Biggest Flirts wasn't exactly the right read for me, I am sure that many other people are going to like it. It just wasn't for me. But despite me not liking it, I still want to give a try to some other books by Jennifer Echols and I am sure I'm going to find the one I like, as well, I am probably going to read the next book in the series.
Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
Book One of the Superlatives series
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
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 laid-back 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…
What I Liked:
I really enjoyed this book! I had a feeling that I would, because it's Jennifer Echols, and I've had good experiences with Echols' books. I loved Such a Rush, and liked Dirty Little Secret. This novel might be my favorite of the three... it comes close between this one and Such a Rush.
Tia doesn't want a boyfriend, for various reasons. Will, the new guy, really likes Tia. They have amazing chemistry, and they flirt constantly, but Tia refuses to go out with him, as a couple. So Will moves on to another girl, which makes Tia irrationally jealous. Tia needs to own up to her feelings, before it's too late for her and Will.
This book seems like a bit of a cliche, on the surface. However, I wouldn't say that it is. Tia's character surprised me. I wasn't really expecting such a wild, free girl. I feel like in YA novels, the girls are quiet, shy, slightly introverted girls. Tia is not afraid to hook up with whomever she wants to hook up (not that she hooks up with anyone and everyone). This is definitely a bolder, different type of "strong", and I like it. Tia also acts like a not-very-intelligent person, even though she is crazy smart. She's afraid of starting a serious relationship with someone, and she is afraid of being put in a leadership role. Tia is more complex and interesting than I thought she would be. I love the depth of her character.
The same goes for Will. He's not just the new boy, the love interest, the spurned one. He's got a rather recent tragic incident with love, and so his love life is not the most straightforward at the moment. He's also from Minnesota, which is apparently much more different than I thought it was. Interesting. Anyway. He has a certain charm that I absolutely LOVE. Also, he's a hockey player. You know what that means... ab heaven!! Yes, I definitely just said that. But in all seriousness, Will is a total sweetie and hottie at the same time, and that is a glorious combination.
This book revolves around Tia and Will's flirtation, their weird relationship/non-relationship. I loved seeing them flirt, and then get mad at each other, and then flirt some more, and then try to stay away from each other. Everything felt so backwards, but the two of them together definitely got more than enough alone time/page time. I love the development of their relationship. I also love the Senior Superlatives aspect to this book. It made me think of my Senior Superlative - I think I got something with positiveness? I can't remember. It was something sweet though.
Anyway, if I haven't convinced you yet, I don't know what else to say. Great story, excellent development of characters, superior yet subtle depth to just about everything, HOT MALE. Run, don't walk. I'll be reading the next book(s) in the series for sure!
What I Did Not Like:
I feel like I wanted a more concrete ending from this book. I totally get that this is part of a series, but I think this series acts as a companion series. This one ended well, but I wish things were more solid. Of course, I'm a very clear-cut person, and I generally dislike it when things are left to the reader's own interpretation. But whatever.
Would I Recommend It:
Definitely! I'm not a contemporary romance person, and I really liked this book. There is just something about Jennifer Echols' contemporary novels - I really like them! She's definitely my go-to author, when I want something in the contemporary genre. If you like contemporary romance novels, read this one and/or anything by Jennifer Echols. Even if you don't, read something by Jennifer Echols.
4 stars. What a fantastic start to a cute, original series! I definitely cannot wait to read the next book in the series - there are some characters about which I cannot wait to learn!
This book was so refreshing. The last book I read was rather rough. I was afraid that if I read another book that wasn't good, I would go into a severe reading slump. Luckily for me I picked the perfect book to keep me reading strong. This book was wonderful. It wasn't your typical contemporary. It definitely had the romance thing to it, but it wasn't overpowering. Echols does a great job putting some harder life elements in it.
The book has teens that all want a different life. Will wants to do what he wants with his future but his parents won't go with it. He had a hard life before in Minnesota though he didn't know it. Sawyer has a dad in jail and doesn't have a good home life. Tia has her sisters that are all being abused or got knocked up in high school and had a mom that ran off for drugs. It is some hard parts in the lives of the teens and you get to watch what they do to fix it all. All 3 of them grow up so much in just a couple weeks. They all help each other realize what they are doing wrong and getting through it together.
Tia was a hard character to follow for a little while. Here is Will, this wonderful sweet guy she obviously wants, but she fights it to the bitter end. Even when she thinks she over comes it, her demons still haunt her. She has a hard time letting go of the past that isn't even hers. She uses her mother and sister to try to say relationships aren't worth it. She gets to try to find out that sometime the right one comes along to make the relationship help you become a better person, not drag you down.
Will breaks my heart. He finds out his girlfriend cheats on him the same night he leaves to move to Florida. That is a hard pill to swallow. He had so much going for him in Minnesota and he loses all of it when he moves. Now he gets to spend his senior year just trying to get by in his life until college. Then he meets a girl who changes everything, Tia, and he keeps getting his heart broken. It makes you want to go into the pages and just give him a huge hug and say he will get through it.
A character that surprised me in the book was Sawyer. He was a character that I wanted away from Tia throughout the whole book, but what he ends up doing in the end of the book had me cheering for him. I know he ends up in future books down the road and I can't wait to understand him some more.
I loved the writing style that Echols has in this book. She keeps it all flowing in a way that makes it pretty much impossible to stop. I usually don't like to start reading a book if I can't even get a chapter in, but with my time limited, I still took advantage of any time I could even if I could only read a page, I was getting what I could get. I ended up spending my lunch break devouring the rest of the pages. I wanted to go back right them and start re-reading all over again.
Like I said above, even though this book is a contemporary, it is a refreshing one. You get so much from the pages and it leaves you with a smile on your face and a good feeling in your heart when it is over. I felt like I could overcome so much just from the pages. I got a new found confidence in myself and I know anyone else who reads this will get the same thing.
The book is set mainly at the high school that Tia and Will attend. Parts of it are also set at Tia's house but the majority of it is at band practice. It sounds like it would be lame, but it weirdly works well in this story and makes it even more lovable.
I think people who don't even like contemporaries would enjoy the book and I know most of you on here who read my blog enjoy the same books that I do. This is a book that is definitely worth getting ahold of.