Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Paperback (336 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
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…
My first impression of Tia was that she is a little too fast for my liking. The more I read into the story, I just decided that she is like most teen girls her age. Some won’t admit it, but that’s just the way it is. Tia is a friends-with-benefits kind of girl. She lets nothing out when it comes to the opposite sex. The less feelings shared between the two, the better. When new guy Will comes into town, she’s all over him like white on rice. He wants to take it slow, she doesn’t have the patience. He wants a normal relationship, she just wants to mess around. She’s a pretty normal teen on the outside, what you see is what you get. She is active in school activities and the like. Afraid of commitment, she slowly pushes Will away. She thinks that everything will be okay between them but she can’t help but feel a little longing for him (I saw that coming from a mile away).
Normally, I wouldn’t like a book when the protagonist is so promiscuous and just doesn’t seem to grasp that situations like hers often end badly. The whole first half of the book, I was thinking about liver damage (she and her fellow classmates like to drink and whatnot). I was like, where are the parents? This is a small community where everyone knows everyone, and for these kids to be partying like this without an adult intervening is ridiculous. This is fiction Lekeisha, is what I told myself over and over. That is what kept me from rating this book 5 stars, because to be honest, it is a great story. All great stories have to have some smudge, so that the light can be brighter at the end of the tunnel.
All in all, you have two teens trying to figure out life and relationships. I found Tia’s and Will relationship to be very good. Will is a very lovable character and is described perfectly. Hey, the guy loves hockey, use your imagination. I like how he swooped in and made Tia think about things and to stop being so ahead of herself and closed off to people who actually care. I’m excited to read the next book in this series to see if the author can pull off another teen love story. This was a good book to read, definitely recommend if you love YA Contemporary.