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Biggest Flirts (Superlatives Series #1)
     

Biggest Flirts (Superlatives Series #1)

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by Jennifer Echols
 

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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

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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…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/03/2014
Tia Cruz is National Merit Scholar–smart, a star drummer in her school’s marching band, and is set to become the first person in her family to go to college. She’s also the school’s official drunken party girl, who has a steady friend with benefits for when “nobody more intriguing is available”—and she likes it that way. But Tia’s plans to avoid love and long-term boyfriends are in flux after new-guy Will arrives in Miami from Minnesota. What started as a one-time drunken hookup is suddenly causing havoc in Will’s and Tia’s lives, especially after they are both elected Biggest Flirts for the yearbook. The drumming thread in Echols’s (Dirty Little Secret) romance, first in the Superlatives series, gives Tia and Will needed dimension—despite their steamy instant connection, it’s hard to buy into their banter as legitimate chemistry or dialogue. Most of the novel feels like drama for drama’s sake, with Tia self-sabotaging her reputation for no real reason and Will dating another girl even as he pursues Tia. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency. (May)
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Sarah Schmitt
For Tia, getting through high school without ending up like her older sisters is the prime objective. She has worked hard to earn her reputation as the party girl who is not interested in long-term commitments, and she intends to keep it that way through her senior year. But when Wisconsin transfer student Will arrives, he comes close to melting her resolve. In true Tia form, she makes it clear that she is not interested in being tied down and pushes Will into the arms of another girl. When the school superlatives are announced, both Tia and Will are dubbed biggest flirts and find their lives spiraling in a direction neither is sure they are ready for: toward each other. While Will and Tia have the potential to be realistic characters to whom teens can relate, the plotline is convoluted at times. The beginning of the book, which may have been written to shock the reader, quickly moves from adorable, awkward first meeting to explicit first hookup. Thankfully, the rest of the book reverts to a flirty relationship rather than one built on sexual tension, and the reader can ease into the conflict Tia experiences about her feelings for Will. This is definitely a book that deals with mature themes and might be too intense for some younger teen readers. Reviewer: Sarah Schmitt; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Tia's sisters definitely influenced her ideas about love. They fell in love and then, when things went wrong, they found themselves in bad situations. Drum captain Tia is determined not to repeat their mistakes. She keeps guys at arm's length: just close enough for a good hookup but far enough away that love isn't a possibility. When her newest hookup, Will, turns out to be a guy who is her equal in the drumline and in wits, though, she finds it hard to stop thinking about him. And she serves as an excellent distraction to the chaos that Will's life has become, since being uprooted just before his senior year. Though a simple story about a girl and a guy, it highlights how one's past experiences and expectations may make it hard to accept happiness. There is a pretty intense makeout scene fairly early on, which might give the impression that the book will be filled with such scenes, but this is not the case. The author's characters are more memorable than those in her Major Crush (S. & S., 2006), and her depiction of high school life is entertaining and engaging. While this may be just a summer beach read, it's a fun one.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
Tia Cruz doesn't live by a lot of rules. She's the first to arrive to a party and the last to leave. Her aversion to responsibility carries over to school, where she keeps her photographic memory on the down low and intentionally scores a C in Spanish despite being bilingual. But Tia's no-strings-attached playbook gets put to the test when Will Matthews moves to town. Sparks fly when the two meet, and the one-night stand that follows is both inevitable and swoon-worthy. But despite their undeniable chemistry, Tia is determined not to break the one rule she does live by: Never get attached. Tia's reasons for never wanting a boyfriend are deep-rooted, and perhaps that is why she is able to convince herself that she's fine when Will lands himself another girl. Plus, girlfriend or not, Tia and Will can't seem to keep their hands off each other at band practice. But when the senior class votes them "Biggest Flirts," things get serious, and Tia is forced to choose between her feelings and her fears. Tia's breezy narration carries readers through the book with a witty profanity that doesn't quite cover up her insecurity and ably shows off her innate smarts. Teen romance fans on the hunt for a flirty fix will find plenty to enjoy in this sexy, fun beach read. (Fiction. 14-17)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442474451
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
05/20/2014
Series:
Superlatives Series , #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
245,670
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
HL800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

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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Biggest Flirts 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! 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.  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. Overall, if you’re looking for a book with absolutely none of that insta-love nonsense, then please, pick this up! this one is a winner.     
TheNerdyJournalist More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Echols is an author that always pushes the boundaries of YA, and she does it very well. The synopsis of “Biggest Flirts” may sound fluffy, but don’t let it fool you. In my opinion, it’s her edgiest book yet. Echols wastes no time easing readers into this quirky tale. From the start, readers will notice three things about Tia: she’s wild, she fools around with boys and she doesn’t care who knows it. She’s a very brash main character – even for Echols’ standards – and readers will either love her or hate her. It took me a while to get used to her, but I ultimately enjoyed he narration a lot. The first major even in the story – writers may know this event as the “catalyst” or “inciting incident” – is another love-or-hate aspect of the story. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I will say that the event involves a rather abrupt move in Tia and Will’s relationship. The event was unsettling to me, and I mean that in the best way possible; I don’t think I’ll ever stop applauding Echols’ for pushing boundaries and shocking readers. The scene definitely caught my attention. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there’s more to Tia than meets the eye. She doesn’t want a boyfriend because she’s seen the way men have destroyed her sisters’ lives, and she’s an underachiever because she doesn’t think she can handle being put in a position of authority. On the first day of band camp, he strategically lets Will win the competition for section leader even though she knows the cadence better. Echols’ threw gender stereotypes out the window with “Biggest Flirts.” The female protagonist is promiscuous, while the male protagonist, Will, pushes for a more meaningful relationship. I tend to fall for Echols’ badboys *cough*Grayson*cough*, but Will definitely made me swoon. He’s naturally introverted, but when he gets comfortable around people, he becomes that guy that everyone loves. I like the way he wears his heart on his sleeve; you don’t that see that with many guys in YA. He’s more than just a set of abs … but he does have nice abs. Just sayin’. ;) The hot-and-cold relationship between Tia and Will had me hopping up and down with anticipation. At times, I was shaking my tablet yelling, “Just get together already!” I’m sure all of the supporting characters agreed with me. This book – as well as “Major Crush” – makes me wonder what would’ve happened if I hadn’t quit band after middle school. Based on my observations of the band kids at my school, Echols’ was spot on. I laughed so hard at the band antics, especially when the band director kept saying, “Mr. Matthews, get off Ms. Cruz.” Oh, well. Pondering what will never happen won’t give me answers. I’m definitely ready to read “Perfect Couple,” which takes place on my turf, the journalism room. Bottom Line Once again, Jennifer Echols has written an entertaining, edgy book with romance, humor and a cast of fun characters. This book is fun, flirty (hence the title) and perfect for a summer afternoon. I looked forward to this book for a long time, and I’m glad it met my expectations. I’m looking forward to its sequel even more.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Biggest Flirts is just what I needed from Jennifer Echols. I had so much fun reading this book and I am so happy that this is part of a companion novel/trilogy. I've basically read almost all of Jennifer Echols's books and I have to say that ever since Such A Rush.. I haven't enjoyed any of her newer books until I read Biggest Flirts We have Tia here, who is a senior in high school and basically someone who lives in her own world. Her dad works nights and sleeps through the day and her older sisters moved out so she basically lives on her own. She's known as a party girl and that's what we witness in the opening chapters of the book. Tia partying hard, drinking, and hooking up with new guy Will. However Tia is more than that, and we get to find the little pieces of herself that she hides from everyone else as we read on. She's in the marching band and really takes it seriously however she hates taking responsibility of anything and tries to get away from any position that would give her any sort of responsibility. She is also very smart but always hides that by acting all flirty and hooking up with anyone. I felt sorry for her.. I really wanted to understand her and sometimes she frustrated me but at the same time I pitied her. Tia's family life is obviously a mess and I was very interested in finding out how she came to live like that with her father. I like the whole idea of the book, with each title being a different senior title. Tia along with Will get voted Biggest Flirts and that's after they hook up and then Will moves on and starts semi-dating someone else. Things got awkward fast and I found it hilarious that whenever Tia and Will are together they always end up close to each other or touching and everyone around them always screams "GET YOUR HANDS OFF EACH OTHER". I cracked up so much reading that. I know I mentioned this is a ton of fun, and it is, but this is more mature YA material than typical mature. Also, it isn't only fluff, we truly get invested and feel for Tia. I just wanted her to not hide herself and reach her full potential! I loved her two other girlfriends and I can't wait to read their own stories through books two and three. I definitely recommend Biggest Flirts to all the contemporary fans and if you still want convincing then check out my video review of it where I just gush gush and gush about how great it is. 
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** 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 Official Summary: 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. Rating: 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!
ruthsic 4 months ago
What got me into this book was the fact that the protagonist, Tia, was - lets say, not too shy about hooking up. Granted it is not the first case of a character like that, I was interested in how Echols would spin the story. So, Tia is not interested in a relationship - her family is full of girls who fell in love young and then regretted it, so she is determined not to fall in love. But she does not mind the occasional hook-up with Sawyer, her friends-with-benefits, or whichever guy is ready for a one-night stand. When Will arrives new to town, he hooks up with her one night, but they don't go further than third base. He was looking for a rebound at that time, but in the light of day, he is actually interested in dating her, which she is totally not into. They remain friends, and he plans to date another girl, but since they are in the marching band together, sparks fly unintentionally and they are labelled Biggest Flirts in the school yearbook. Now, at this point, I would like to say I totally see her point of view, and honestly, I don't mind the concept of hookup culture. Not every relationship is meant to be romantic, and not everybody is cut out for it. Which is why I was pissed when Will tries to make her feel responsible for 'ruining his life', as he puts it (like he wasn't also flirting with her all along), by making him look like a player when the most he wanted to be was the New Guy. I see the sparks flying, and I see the sexual tension, but I don't see how they get from there to confessing their love in a few week's time and then immediately breaking up the next day - whiplash is an understatement at this point. I thought it was going to be a sex-positive story but it falls into the trap of being love-then-sex plot. And it seems prudent to mention at this point that there is on-page sex in this book, so looking at the intended audience, I do not see why the story had to end on that note. Granted, he is open to the idea of an open relationship by the end of the book and she to being committed to him, but since this is a series, how THAT ends up is yet to be seen. But in conclusion, still, this was a bit of a disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is one of my favorites ??
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this sweet and adoring teen read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book. The chemistry between the two main characters was portrayed very well by the author. I would read it again.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Whether they’re YA or NA, I tend to love Jennifer Echols books. I have to admit, I felt a bit old reading this one though. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun read, but it was full of teenage angst that, at my age, I can’t fully appreciate any longer. The book had some great fun and flirty moments and I loved the chemistry between Tia and Will from the very beginning. It was the lack of communication and Tia’s wishy-washiness that were a little harder for me to take. But, I really liked both Tia and Will, especially as I began to learn more about both of them. Biggest Flirts presented an interesting role reversal in which the girl wants the physical relationship only and the guy wants more. I enjoyed that flip. Biggest Flirts was a fast read. I couldn’t even think of putting it down, even when the characters made me want to scream at them because they weren’t doing what I wanted them to. (Yes, that’s a thing I do. I get very upset when characters I like do stupid things or can’t make up their minds.) I would say this one is definitely on the upper spectrum of the YA scale if for no reason other than the language and the sexual content. Which, of course, didn’t both me a bit, but I felt like I should mention it for a younger audience. My actual rating would be closer to 3.5 stars than 3, but since Goodreads, Amazon nor B&N allow half stars… I’m going with 3. I know I’m a bit outside the target demographic for this book and I’ve taken that into consideration. I do believe readers in that demographic wouldn’t be as discouraged by the teenage angst as I was. I think they’d be more likely to take it in stride, where I looked at it as a bit over-the-top. I think Jennifer has a solid start to her new Superlatives series with this book and I’m eager to see what comes next! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Having witnessed all of her older sisters fall in love and fall apart, the last thing Tia Cruz wants is a boyfriend, but senior year, when Will Matthews arrives at her school—the undeniably cool kid from the Midwest, and possible the cutest boy she has ever seen—her determination begins to falter. Will Matthews is the kind of boy who could make her forget.  Tia and Will's playful relationship is definitely fun to follow, especially watching both characters grow as they discover themselves within each other. I also love the portrayal of high school casual relationships—better known as "friends with benefits"—which seems like a racy topic for YA fiction, but is actually prevalent among teenagers, and thus, entirely relevant; Echols brings the experience to life maturely and memorably. What bothered me, however, was the progression of the relationship. The breakup, makeup, breakup-again sequence was too formulaic, too predictable. Given the synopsis of the book, there's nothing I couldn't have seen coming. Nothing about Tia and Will as a couple particularly surprised, devastated, or delighted me; it was nothing we've never seen before in YA romance. Once the two are paired as the school's Biggest Flirts (since when is that even a superlative?), the rest of the story just went along as expected. I loved Tia as a character; she's unconventional, and not your typical bashful, romantic heroine. She's strong, but also has a thousand insecurities; brilliant, but intentionally an underachiever. I think she's a hit-or-miss character, though; I can definitely see some readers not liking her recklessness or her brash tone. Her chemistry with Will is spot-on, and the sexual tension and energy the two create will have your heart thumping and you remembering what teenage romance feels like again. The secondary characters are both a strength and a weakness of Biggest Flirts. Most of them make very minor but very frequent appearances that I found sort of pointless, other than to keep confusing me with all the different names. Tia's best friends rarely show their faces, which made me feel like they aren't her friends at all. Will is a beautifully written character (Jennifer Echols creates another heartbreaker—surprise!) but I absolutely loved Sawyer, Tia's on-again-off-again "boyfriend," and can't wait for Book #3, because it's his story. Won't give too much away, but if you like tragic teen boys, be prepared to swoon! Pros: Tia is an imperfect, but genuine character with lots of attitude! // Family backstory is important, not just the romance // Portrays the mindset of casual, rather than dating, relationships well // Hot hookups! (Nothing wildly explicit, but still for an older YA crowd) // Will and Sawyer ♥ Cons: Plot is predictably structured // The only real characters are Tia and Will, the rest seem to have come from YA character moulds // Flows well, but style is not remarkable Verdict: Sexy and smart, Biggest Flirts is a thrilling escape of a contemporary young adult novel that captures the spirit and squalor of high school colorfully and entertainingly. I didn't find Tia and Will's relationship that special, and stylistically, it's not particularly clever, but Jennifer Echols's newest book is fun, flirty, and full of impressionable characters and a convincing romantic undertone. Rating: 7 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): Not perfect, but overall enjoyable; borrow, don't buy! Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Simon & Schuster and Itching for Books!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the sample and i need to have this book. Its going to be amazinggggggggg!!!!!!!! Super hyped!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
super cute fun read