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Publication date: May 20th, 2014
My rating: 4 stars
"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…"
Not the young adult you read everyday. Jennifer Echols was always, at least for me, one of those authors that tries to push boundaries of the genre. Even before the term "new adult" became popular or anyone talked about meaning of it, she was one of the few people writing about a bit daring topics for young adult. Biggest Flirts was everything I expected it would be.
Shocking beginning, Tia and Will. The way this book started... I understand now why few of my friends were surprised, but unlike them I loved it. Not all teenagers are like characters from Sarah Dessen novels. Nor all girls are "good girls". Jennifer Echols just slapped all slut-shaming hypocrites - Tia is not a "bad guy", she is not a perfect girl that needs saving and, thank you God, she is not allowing anyone to make her feel bad about decisions she makes. Will starts out as quite the dreamy new boy, with all stereotypes you might expect, but what happens later - HA! Nope, not so perfect, but he is more like a real person. Not all boys are all strong and alpha and other "masculine" adjectives.
Why I think you should read Biggest Flirts? Because it is a book that fights stereotypes usual for young adult novels. Because it tells you it is absolutely normal to explore your sexuality. And that there is nothing to feel ashamed of. That no one is perfect. And that you have to admit when you are wrong.
***Copy of this book provided by publisher, Simon Pulse, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.***