Published by Simon Pulse on 20 May 14
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Forget You, Going Too Far
Place(s) Traveled To: Tampa, Florida
First Line(s): “You must be Tia Cruz.”
I was really excited to read Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols as I just adore her books and characters and I really wanted to love this one. Sadly though I didn’t fall head over heels in love with this one as I wanted to as I just never connected with the two main characters. I just found Tia and Will to be unlikable and never bought a romance between them. I also didn’t really see what they did in order to get voted as Biggest Flirts considering that they’d only known each other a couple of weeks and superlative elections happened right when school started. So there was a lot of suspension of belief.
Then there is the previously mentioned unlikablility of the characters. Tia was prickly and jealous and so super unmotivated. She was smart and talented and she would often underachieve on purpose. She said that she didn’t want to date because she didn’t want to end up like her sisters who were left pregnant and alone. And yet she’d engage in random hookups because that won’t leave you pregnant and alone. *insert eye roll here* You’d also think that she’d be more focused and driven trying to do all she can to succeed and to the the opposite of her sisters rather than essentially following in their path. Will wasn’t much better as he was sullen and moody and I could understand that considering he was forced to move right before his senior year. But in one breath he said he liked and wanted to date Tia and then a blink later was dating her mortal enemy ‘old Angelica.’ (And can I just say how much I hated that pointless nickname. Ugh)
The story was quick but it lacked depth and heart and just anything real. I wanted to smack the two main characters more than anything else and so didn’t care if they found a HEA. By the end I just wanted this book to be over and I main kept reading it because it was a Jennifer Echols book. However, Forget You, this one is not. I read this one is almost one sitting and until I hit the final page I had hopes that the story would turn itself around. Alas, that wasn’t the case and now I am on the fence on if I want to continue this series or not. I did like Tia’s friends far more than her so there is that positive. The negative though is that unless Tia suddenly moves we’re stuck with her for the duration. Blergh.