The Trouble with Flirting

The Trouble with Flirting

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by Claire LaZebnik
     
 

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Franny's supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can't blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around. . . .

Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an

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Franny's supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can't blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around. . . .

Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an opportunity to spend time with her crush, Alex Braverman. If only he were as taken with the girl hemming his trousers as he is with his new leading lady.

When Harry Cartwright, a notorious flirt, shows more than a friendly interest in Franny, she figures it can't hurt to have a little fun. But as their breezy romance grows more complicated, can Franny keep pretending that Harry is just a carefree fling? And why is Alex suddenly giving her those deep, meaningful looks? In this charming tale of mixed messages and romantic near-misses, one thing is clear: Flirting might be more trouble than Franny ever expected.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
LaZebnik updated Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 2011’s Epic Fail; now she turns to Mansfield Park, giving the theatrics of the original (both on- and off-stage) the rom-com treatment. Standing in for Austen’s Fanny Price is Franny Pearson, a junior who is eager to find a summer job to save for college. Since Franny can sew, her grumpy aunt agrees to let her work in the costume department at elite Mansfield College, where high school–age aspiring actors hone their Shakespeare over the summer. Upon arrival, Franny quickly makes friends (and frenemies) with the well-to-do kids enrolled, including her old crush, Alex. Franny falls for this outwardly sweet boy, but Alex chooses gorgeous Isabelle instead. Meanwhile, Harry, a hot guy with questionable intentions, lavishes Franny with affection. While LaZebnik offers flirtatious entanglements aplenty, she only scratches the surface of her large cast of characters. Readers who enjoy romantic folly might bite, so long as they are in the mood for heavy banter and a featherweight plot. Ages 13–up. Agent: Alexis Hurley, Inkwell Management. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
High school junior Franny Pearson reluctantly accepts a job sewing costumes for the renowned Mansfield College Summer Theater Program and finds herself in the middle of her own romantic drama. Franny enjoys acting, but with her parents divorced and money tight, she settles for working as her aunt's assistant in Mansfield's program and is pleasantly surprised when an old friend, Julia Braverman, arrives for the program with her brother Alex. Franny's always had a crush on kindhearted Alex. When she's not sewing, Franny hangs out with the self-absorbed, well-to-do Mansfield students, who find her sympathetic and intelligent. She's pleased and hopeful when Alex pays attention to her, even though he seems involved with another student. She's confused and mildly irritated when flirtatious heartthrob Harry Cartwright pretends he's attracted to her. Convinced Harry's not serious, the flattered Franny flirts back with surprising results, leaving her even more confused about Alex and Harry. Bemused Franny's first-person, present-tense voice gives humor and urgency to her firsthand chronicle of the vagaries of the human heart. The novel is loosely based on Mansfield Park, and unfortunately, the somewhat superficial teen characters and twisted plot pale in comparison with the original. This light summer romance with a theater theme is good for a getaway but not much more. (Fiction. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this light, romantic tribute to Jane Austen, the setting is a theater program for high school students at Mansfield College, and the plot focuses on who is courting whom. Franny Pearson is surrounded by talented teens who are attending a six-week program to hone their acting skills. Franny, however, is there to work as a seamstress for her Aunt Amelia, the college's costume director. Most of the self-centered, insecure teens are seeking a love interest to complete their summer fun. When Franny meets an old friend, Julia Braverman, she recalls the crush she had on Julia's older brother when she was in eighth grade and is delighted to find out he's there, too. Spending time and sharing meals with the actors when she is not working, Franny enjoys the attention she receives from Alex but is confused as to why he would then choose to spend most of his time with beautiful Isabella. Meanwhile handsome, irresistible Harry flirts with all of the females willing to fall at his feet, convincing Franny that he's not to be trusted. Still, she has a wonderful time with him on one of the group's outings and the two become a couple. Enter Alex. Once again he touches Franny's heart, and she is left trying to figure out who is two-timing whom and what her role is in the summer's complicated relationship configurations. If you need enjoyable beach reads for teens looking for airy intrigue and affairs of the heart, this volume works.—Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061921278
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Pages:
313
Sales rank:
787,734
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Claire LaZebnik lives in Los Angeles with her TV-writer husband and four children. She has co-authored two books about autism with Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel (Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum). Her previous novels include Knitting Under the Influence, The Smart One and the Pretty One, Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts, Epic Fail, The Trouble with Flirting, and The Last Best Kiss.

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The Trouble with Flirting 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
DefyGravity24601 More than 1 year ago
What a hot mess. I could not wait for this book to end because it was just terrible. The main character made me want to punch someone. I would not recommend this tacky book to anyone over the ages of 11 or 12.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cheesy it was cringe worthy and im a huge hopeless romantic im glad it was so cheap. I guess it passes the time it was like 190 pages. Dont be a jerk and leave a one star review for something you never read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS BOOK IT WAS REALLY LAIDOUT WELL AND WHAT HAPPENS OMG!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Ok so Franny in not very rich. Her parents are divorced. But when her mom makes her go to a acting school summer camp to help her Aunt make all the costumes, she suprisingly has a great time. She runs into old friends from middle school. And meets knew people. One of those new peole is Harry. He's a total flirt, and franny doesnt like him at first. But as she gets to know him she starts to like him. This book is great! I have re-read it so many times! This is for anyone 11-16. And if you like this book try read " Epic Fail" by the same author.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 for Citybook Review Franny doesn’t come from wealth like most of the teens she knows. While they are off living the large life traveling the world, driving brand new cars, and having college paid for, Franny is just trying to find a way to help her afford college. She takes on a job with her aunt sewing for the drama department for Mansfield College’s Summer Theater Program, an elite program which costs an arm and a leg to attend. It doesn’t take long before Franny is crushing on Harry and finding her thoroughly enjoying it too! Where will the next 6 weeks take Franny and Harry if anywhere? “Well I think it’s strange that you’re always telling me how shallow and unreliable he is, and now he’s like your best friend?” Harry, Franny, Lawrence, Isabella, Charles, Julie, Raymond, Marie? Almost every name in this book sounds old-fashioned and it was quite the over kill and the last names too, well it just pushed it that much more over the edge. While this was a light and quick read, it was definitely the typical teen love story with a perfect blend of drama, crushing, and teenage angst. It was a cute read for sure. *You can view the original review at City Book Review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I loved this book! Write a second
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing read. I have it in paper back version, and i absolutely love the stoty. My heart went out to Harry, and Alex was very biter sweet for me. My hear swelled up until Harry started to take ove and make me laugh so much it hurt. Dont forget the wishing and daydreaming his character forced readers into ;)
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LOVED this book. i am definitely a huge romantic  and this satisfied me extremely. I recommend this to anyone who wants their heart completely  stolen :)
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I loved this book i hope the author writes a second book to this to find out through the distance that they live apart if they still stay toghther, I really hope theres a second book about it soon.
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I loved this book! I am a big fan of Jane Austen and I really like this version of mansfield park. Really hope thete is a second book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I read epic fail over the summer and enjoyed it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sshe needs to write a second book i fell empty not knowing what happens i need a second book Omg i am going to pass out i just finished this book like one min ago it is so good i need a second book I NEED IT!
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How long is this book?