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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