Review * The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

May 7, 2013 Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Review * The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnikThe Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik
Published by HarperTeen on February 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Franny's supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can't blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around. . . .

Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an opportunity to spend time with her crush, Alex Braverman. If only he were as taken with the girl hemming his trousers as he is with his new leading lady.

When Harry Cartwright, a notorious flirt, shows more than a friendly interest in Franny, she figures it can't hurt to have a little fun. But as their breezy romance grows more complicated, can Franny keep pretending that Harry is just a carefree fling? And why is Alex suddenly giving her those deep, meaningful looks? In this charming tale of mixed messages and romantic near-misses, one thing is clear: Flirting might be more trouble than Franny ever expected.

What I Thought…

  • The Trouble With Flirting is SO CUTE! It’s my favorite kind of book: cute, fun with a couple of oh no moments.
  • This is based off of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, but you don’t need to know anything about it to enjoy it (I never read it).
  • The Trouble With Flirting takes place at summer camp, which is awesome. It’s an actor camp that puts on a couple of plays at the end of camp. Franny wasn’t there to act, but to work with her aunt on the costumes for her summer job.
  • Franny’s conflicted feelings felt so real. Figuring out who you like and who you don’t like as a teenager is tough! She also had a nice sarcastic side that I appreciated (even if some of the other characters didn’t). Franny likes both Alex and Harry. She knew Alex from middle school and had a bit of a crush on him them and seeing him at camp renewed that crush. She just met Harry but he’s a cute flirt that clearly likes her.
  • Despite the fact that Harry is a complete flirt I liked him immediately. He may be a flirt, but he wasn’t completely obnoxious. He did have a few not so bright moments, but they were mostly in retaliation to something Franny did. Not that that makes it ok, because it doesn’t, but his reactions were typical.
  • Alex bothered me from the very beginning. He just felt a little off to me. He wasn’t a terrible guy, I just knew right away that Harry was my choice.
  • There are quite a few secondary characters in The Trouble With Flirting. My favorite was Lawrence. He was such a good friend to Franny, and funny too. I also liked Vanessa and Isabella. Isabella drove me nuts at first, but I warmed up to her.
  • I hated Marie. She was one of those girls who thinks that if they want it, they should have it. Period. She wanted to be around Harry. She wanted to be in the best play. She wanted all the attention. Ugh it was so annoying. I also really didn’t like Alex’s twin Julia. She doesn’t care about anyone but herself, and maybe Alex.
  • I kind of liked Franny’s Aunt Amelia. She was a little different, but I think that deep down she really cared. Despite her tough demeanor she let Franny go out and have some fun.

Overall I really loved The Trouble With Flirting. It was a quick, fun read and I definitely plan on reading her other books.

BookSTDKate forced urged me to read The Trouble With Flirting. She doesn’t gush about contemporary books as much as I do so I knew when she kept talking about it that I had to read it, and had to read it soon. Check out her new Book STD feature and start sharing your books today!


4 Responses to “Review * The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik”

  1. Kate- Midnight Book Girl

    I’m so glad you liked it!!!! I remember loving it so much while I was reading it, and thus Book STD was born, but it’s been so long that I was worried that maybe my memory of it had made it better than it was, but nope! It’s an awesome book and my friends love it and I was right! Sorry to crow all over your page. ;) I will say that the book ending differs in one major way from the Jane Austen ending.
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