The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik
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.
The Story:Franny is set to spend the summer with her somewhat crotchety aunt, who is the costume designer for the Mansfield Summer Theater program. Franny isn’t attending the program, no, no , no. Some people have to work for the summer. But still. She gets to work all day in a stuffy room, sewing away with her aunt, and spend her free time with the kids who are attending the program, eating her meals with them, hanging out in their dorms with them, maybe crushing on one or two of them. As it turns out, Franny knows a couple of the kids there. In fact, one of them is her end all be all crush from middle school, Alex.
Here’s the problem though: Alex flirts with Franny. And she gets her hopes up and seems to really enjoy it–but he has a girlfriend, a beautiful and pretty much perfect girlfriend. Franny can’t spend her summer pining for Alex, even though he often acts like he likes her, but she doesn’t want to give in to Harry, the biggest flirt in the program. Harry has a thing for Franny, too, but she doesn’t take it too seriously. It’s all in good fun, especially since Harry seems to flirt with everyone around. If she happens to flirt with Harry and it makes Alex jealous, all the better.
This book is adorable. It has everything I love in a book: romance, humor, flirting (duh), cuteness (this is quite important), looks of longing, and finally, kissing. I love kissing books. The Trouble With Flirting is a very loose adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. To be quite honest, it had been so long since I’d read Austen’s original, that other than a few names, I could barely recall the similarities. This story does have some things in common with MP, but it also takes some fun twists and ultimately, LaZebnik owns the story. Her characters are charming, the writing light and fun, and the romance is perfectly sweet. This is the kind of book you don’t want to put down because it makes you laugh and smile and feel warm and fuzzy, sort of like a nice bottle wine and a bubble bath. I especially had a love for Harry (I do enjoy those cocky boys!).
Where I Got It: The library, of course!