Biggest Flirts (The Superlatives #1) By Jennifer Echols
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…(Goodreads)
Tia is the party girl with a bit of a rep. Will is the new guy everyone wants to know about (and, you know, he’s hot, so that never hurts). These two meet up at a party just before school starts, they have some steam, and then they form a bond later the next day during band. Because Tia is known as such a major flirt, and because she and Will spend pretty much every moment talking when they aren’t supposed to, smiling at each other, laughing, and ogling each other, they earn the honored class title “Biggest Flirts.” Truly, there could not be a more fitting description of them. Tia doesn’t want anything serious, so Will moves on and the whole flirty thing doesn’t sit well with his new lady. And of course, his new lady doesn’t really sit well with Tia. She really likes him but after watching her sisters make terrible, awful decisions pertaining to love, she’s afraid to make the same mistakes. She and Will’s friendship (or more) hangs in the balance because they both want something but they can’t seem to find common ground.
I have only read two other Echols books, both good, both with a slightly darker edge (slightly), but I’m not a huge Echols fan. I say this not to disparage her, but to let you, the reader, know in advance that I’m not a built-in fan destined to love anything she writes. But I really adored this book. It was absolutely, perfectly fun and it made me laugh out loud in many parts. In fact, I’m so thrilled it’s going to be a series.
The center of this story is Tia. I have to tell you, at first description, I had no idea I’d love her the way I ultimately did. Tia wants few ties or romantic entanglements. She’s okay with being a friend with benefits, making out with one of her best guy friends because they have an understanding, and she prefers to be with a guy for a fleeting moment rather than falling in love. Despite this, Tia is about as loyal as a friend can be. She goes to great lengths for the ones she loves, and she is honestly so sweet-natured, despite the reputation. And this girl is so funny. She has a habit of being very chatty and she says the funniest things. All of this just endeared her to me. I seriously adored this girl. If she were real I’d want her as my best friend.
Will is great because he isn’t perfect. He has a bit of a temper, he has that bit of mystery being that he is the new guy in school, and he is extraordinarily devoted to Tia, even when he’s dating someone else. Together their flaws are somewhat heightened, but it somehow makes them that much cuter. And the banter! I’m such a sucker for fun, witty banter and Echols nails it with Tia and Will.
There are still deeper emotions to this story, issues with Tia’s family, questions about who each of them are and where they want to be, but the book never feels heavy. It feels just right:perfectly fun and happy with a romance that’s sexy without being a cheesy. There’s some off the charts swoonworthiness here, but it all feels real.
Crush Intensity: 4.5 I just loved this book. It made me smile… and you can’t ask for more than that.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for providing me with an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.