Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Enchanting Review: Flirting With Boys

Contemporary YA
ISBN# 978-0061253843
256 Pages
Trade--Available Now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Celeste Tippen should be having her dream summer. Thanks to fate, her best friend Devon’s summer plans of spending two months at a prestigious acting school in Scotland have fallen through and Celeste’s boyfriend Travis going to be working at Pinyon Ranch too—thanks to a little incident involving a stolen golf cart from the resort. Instead her summer’s turning into a nightmare as she finds herself playing referee between Travis and Nick, her summer flirtation for the last few summers. If that wasn’t bad enough, Celeste finds herself having to spend more time with Nick than she ever planned.

FLIRTING WITH BOYS is a fun summer read. Ms. Abbot does a great job painting the scenes and it feels like you’re there right along with Celeste at the resort. Celeste, for the most part is a very likable character, and I really liked watching her struggle with Nick, her summer boyfriend from years past.

One of the things that sort of took away from the book was Celeste’s boyfriend, Travis. Sure, he’s the so-called ‘bad boy’ and is supposed to do things that good boyfriends don’t do, but there were a few times when I found him extremely annoying and wondered why Celeste wouldn’t just tell him off or get rid of him completely. Even at the big climax of the story, when everything is falling apart, you really want Celeste to wake up to the fact of the kind of guy Travis really is and the truth about Nick. I have to say most of my favorite scenes are between Celeste and Nick, especially when she’s forced into helping him plan his own party. I really enjoyed the part where the two go to check out a band in Los Angeles. All in all, FLIRTING WITH BOYS is a great summer read.

Ms. Abbot grew up in Southern California, where she split her time between creative writing and creative beaching. She is the author of Getting Lost with Boys, The Secrets of Boys, The Perfect Boy, Waking Up to Boys, The Forbidden Boy, and The Other Boy well as the Summer Boys books and The Bridesmaid. Hailey now lives in New York City.

Enchanting Reviews
June 2009

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