Thursday, September 13, 2012

Just Flirt by Laura Bowers

Just Flirt by Laura Bowers
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

It’s summer, sweet summer! Self-proclaimed Superflirt Dee Barton can’t wait to spend it practicing her Nine Rules of Flirting on all the cute guys who come to stay at her family’s campground. Why not? Flirting is fun and makes everyone involved feel good—which is pretty much the exact opposite of her relationship with her toxic ex-boyfriend, Blaine. Sabrina Owens’s summer plans include keeping her over-the-top karaoke DJ mother in check, maintaining her status as the queen of the popular crowd—and being the perfect girlfriend to Blaine. Both girls see each other as the enemy. But when a secret blog embroils them in a frivolous lawsuit, they must team up and embark on a risky, flirt-filled plot to set things right again…and maybe prove they’re not so different after all. -
If you're looking for a good summer read, this book will definitely give it to you.  This was such a fun, cute story and you can't help but enjoy reading it.  It wasn't overly complicated, but that's what you have to love about it.  Sometimes it's great just to pick up a straightforward story about people and without tons of other stuff going on. It gives you something you can relate to.

Dee is a great character, and I really loved watching her work her magic on the guys around her.  But almost immediately, you get the feeling that she does it to avoid commitment.  This instantly made her more intereting to me.  The story centers a great deal on finding out why she's like that.

My favorite scenes in the book were ones between her and her friend.  These two are great together and have such a good relationship.  They have each others' backs.

My only complaint for the story might be the lack of romance.  Don't get me wrong, there is some.  But it develops very slowly and more toward the end of the book.  However, there's a lot of self-discovery and growing that Dee has to do to make that possible, so the delay made sense.

There is a twist in this story that was a little surprising for me, and that added something to the story.  I also liked that there was an external conflict that was bigger than just Dee's flirting.

All in all, this was a cute story that had some heart and depth to it. I really enjoyed it.


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