Blog Tour: Most Likely To Succeed by Jennifer Echols {Review + Giveaway}

 

Most Likely to Succeed (Superlatives #3)

by Jennifer Echols

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: August 4th 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars

Series Reviews: Biggest Flirts | Perfect Couple

Synopsis:
 
In this sexy conclusion to The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Sawyer and Kaye might just be perfect for each other—if only they could admit it.
As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school—student government, cheerleading, stellar grades—has been in preparation for that future.
To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves…
 As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?
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Getting to know Sawyer’s softer side has been something I’ve wanted since being introduced to his character. I’m so glad that this book is focused on him and Kaye, with the other characters taking a seat in the background. The one thing I love about this trilogy is that each book is about a different couple, and we get them as themselves and not how the others see them. This is one of my favorite young adult contemporary series to read and I’m sad to see it end. And if you don’t think that Sawyer is book boyfriend material by the end of this trilogy, clearly you are delusional. Echols knows how to keep you engaged with these characters, even with all the teenage angst trying to throw you off.

Let’s face it, Aiden is a douche. I hate the way he treats Kaye, like she should be grateful to know him, let alone be in a relationship. When you have parents breathing down your neck about college and doing great at everything, it’s easy to just go along with whatever. So, I can understand why Kaye put up with Aiden for as long as she did. That’s not to say that I didn’t want to yell at her – I’ve been dying to do it since the last book. Sawyer is your ever present bad boy. Well, that’s not entirely true. I thought that it would be bittersweet when it came to his character. Sure, I love the mascot who is always up to no good. I love the sweet and caring Sawyer more. He had me swooning, swear to god. Kaye doesn’t really know what to think at first when she realizes that Sawyer is really in to her. After all the time spent together during class, games, and meetings, I just knew that sparks would fly between these two. The ending wrapped up nicely and it wasn’t overly done.

This is one series that I would recommend to any lover of teen romance. It’s not all sunshine and roses, and that’s precisely why I love it so much. You get the good right along with the bad, there’s no in between. The couples are adorable, and the everyday high school drama will keep you entertained throughout. There are some cliche` notions here and there, but they didn’t make me want to stop reading. Definitely recommended!!

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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

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ARC Review: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

16140841Release Date: January 15th 2015

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Series: Superlatives #2

Review In Series: Biggest Flirts

Genre: YA Contemporary

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Rating: 4 Stars

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Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can’t see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they’ve found themselves drawn together–first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they’re very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

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If you love “realistic” high school stories, than I’m sure you’d love this book. Though, it’s a part of a series, it definitely could be read alone; even with characters from the first book making an appearance. As they have no important role in the story, I think that there’s not really much to know about them; aside from the unlikable Tia from the first book.

This book is about Harper and Brody, voted the “Perfect Couple…..” Well aside from them both being in relationships with different people, they were voted by their peers for this title, which includes “That Never Was”. As with many teens of the opposite sex being categorized together, things start to get a little difficult. There’s obviously attraction there, and with them being with other people, it kind of slows it down. Or not. Brody is the star quarterback and Harper is somewhat of a geeky/nerdy photographer.

I really liked Harper and Brody as a couple. He’s the high school QB and totally wasn’t all cocky, like most of them are. He actually surprised me with his intelligence and wit. Harper is such a vast contrast to Tia, from the first book. I really needed this book to portray a teen female that wasn’t so out there, and Harper was that for me. And while there are some girls in high school that are popular and promiscuous, there are those that are popular and quiet at the same time. It goes to show that not all teen girls think with other parts of their bodies. I love the fact that Will is still keeping Tia on the right track and that she actually seems like a better person now. I totally didn’t like her at the beginning of Biggest Flirts, but she grew on me some by the time the book ended. And as with most high school football stars, Brody has pretty much had his share of female company. I think a part of that was so that he could be this image to his fellow players, but deep down he didn’t really like it. I don’t know. He just seems so unlike that after reading about him throughout. Overall, I really liked this story better, but Will is still my favorite character of this series. The guy is a hottie! I actually can’t wait to read the next book. I highly recommend for readers of YA Contemporary, and if you just love good high school romance.

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Review: Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Release Date: May 20, 201416140838

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: YA Contemporary

Format: Paperback (336 pages)

Source: Won

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…

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images (5) 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.

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