Author: Jennifer Echols
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Simon and Schuster (May 20, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.
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…
I love Echols' writing simply because I know I will get a story that will be exactly what the hopeless romantic in me craves and not only will I get the romance and sweet love story I am after, but there will be some depth to the story as well in some shape or form. In other words, not just a fluff read.
I have to make one thing clear going into this review though, this is definitely a young adult read in the fact that it has some angst to it, the characters aren't perfect and make mistakes, sometimes pretty stupid high school mistakes and yes, sometimes they feel sorry for themselves (but not whiny, I hate whiny). So yeah, you have been warned.
But even with all of that, you will still get characters that are relatable, maybe because you knew them in high school or even because you were them in high school, either way, they are fun characters that seem pretty real, even when some of the things they do make you want to shake them, smack them or roll your eyes at them, but come on now, this is high school and really, how smart were we in high school?
Tia and Will were adorable and yes, their romance is pretty fast, in fact the whole book takes place in about a two week time period but a lot happens in those two weeks and you really feel like you get to know them and get a feel for them, plus, this is a series, which I am guessing the rest of the secondary characters will later take on roles as main characters, at least, they better, because I really want more of one couples story (you'll know who when you read this).
So yeah, this was a fun, entertaining read that is perfect to read when you need some romance and something light and distracting. Echols know how to write a fun storyline with memorable characters and I think this is one that all of her fans will enjoy.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*