There was something about Jennifer Echols’s series title The Superlatives, that intrigued me from day one. The idea is that in each of the three book series the book focuses on different couples who have earned the different yearbook titles in their class. The first book in the series, Biggest Flirts, follows a townie from Florida named Tia and a new-to-town Minnesotan boy, Will.
Tia made a promise to herself years ago; a promise to never become serious with a boy. Just before entering her senior year of high school Tia meets Will at a party. At first she thinks Will could be a good one-night hook-up, which she is not opposed to. Several hours, and a brief romantic escapade later, Tia figures she will never see him again. However, the first day of marching band practice ruins her hopes. Will is not only in the drum line but he has challenged her to be the captain, a position that Tia earned by default and does not want. She quickly learns that Will is not the care-free fondle that she hoped he was. They spend a lot of time getting to know each other and though Will has expressed interest Tia refuses to date him. She does, however flirt heavily with him, earning them the title of this year’s Biggest Flirts; a title that mortifies Will who is trying to settle himself in school and move on from a bad break-up and an even worse brush-off.
Much of this book follows Tia and Will’s extensive interactions together. The conversations are lengthy and eat up most of the character development. Tia proves to be an irresponsible, indifferent, and irrepressible girl but most of her attitude is smoke and mirrors. Her whole life is a front that she uses to carefully protect herself with. Tia’s family and home life could be much better. Contrasting her to Will is like night and day. Tia’s extraversion best highlights Will’s introversion; a precise nature of determination and skilled effort that Tia finds compelling. She cannot stop thinking about him despite all of her attempts to forget him, especially when he pushes her away.
It’s not the most complex book, but I liked it… Enough to recommend it for just that and, probably, enough to pick up the sequels in the future. For a first venture into Echols’s work I quite enjoyed myself.
4 out of 5 stars.
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