Thu, March 21, 2013

The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik Review

The Trouble with Flirting book cover

The Trouble with Flirting book cover

The Trouble with Flirting
By Claire LaZebnik
Publication date: Feb. 26, 2013
HarperTeen, 288 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

So apparently The Trouble with Flirting is a retelling of Mansfield Park. Well, I haven’t read Mansfield Park, but at least I get the odd name choice of “Franny” now. Anyway, who cares! You don’t have to be familiar with the source material to find this book funny and sweet. Just what I was in the mood for.

So Franny loves acting, and she ends up getting to go to the most prestigious summer acting program there is. Only, she’s not a student in the program…she’s working with her aunt to make the costumes. Aww, poor Franny. But luckily for Franny, there was no shortage of BOYS BOYS BOYS in the program…which certainly helps her get through all the sewing.

My favorite of the boys was, of course, Harry — a very rakish flirt. Is it bad and creepy old lady that I totally pictured him as Harry from One Direction? Or that I know who Harry from One Direction is?

Whatever! Cute, fluffy, fun — definitely recommend this book for anyone in the mood for some contemporary goodness!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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13 Comments

  1. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    I was about to ask.. how do you even know who is in One Direction, let alone their names?! Oh wait.. hahahaha

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  2. JennRenee said:

    I have been curious about this book. May give it a try. great review.

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  3. Ashlee said:

    I read and enjoyed this one as well. I did like Epic Fail a bit more, simply because Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book.

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  4. Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook said:

    I can’t decide if I want to read this one. I really enjoyed Epic Fail (a P&P retelling) but something about this one makes me nervous. I’m not sure I will like Franny as a character. I should just give it a try, though.

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  5. DannyBookworm said:

    Ahaha!!!! That sound so cute!!!! I also haven’t read Mansfield Park but usually it doesn’t bother me knot having read the original books!
    Oh and that pic from this boy? So cute!

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  6. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    Agreed!! I thought this one was super cute and I was really glad I read it! 🙂 Definitely great for a pick-me-up.

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  7. Kim M said:

    Oh Anna! You are so funny! Looks like I need to check this one out. (Says an even older woman who knows who Harry is…)

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  8. Genevieve Hayes said:

    Not a big fan of “Mansfield Park” the book (Fanny Price was too “good” for my liking), but there was a great movie version made of it starring Frances O’Connor and Johnny Lee Miller, which I adored. Based on my love of the movie, I’ll probably give this one a go.

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  9. Leela @ My world in English said:

    I’ve read Epic Fail by the same author and I loved it sooo much that I put this in my TBR pile right away. I’m glad that you enjoyed this one. If you haven’t read Epic Fail, I highly recommend you 🙂

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  10. Book Angel Emma said:

    I loved Epic Fail and cannot wait to rad this one. Love the humorous edge to the writing <3

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  11. nea barabea (@neabarabea) said:

    Anna, you are not an old lady!! 😉 😉

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  12. Sunny said:

    This sounds great! I’ve been really wanting to read this one 🙂 Love the review…and no, it doesn’t make you creepy;)

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  13. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase said:

    My friend Kate absolutely LOVED this book, so I just picked up a copy for myself. It sounds so cute! And I’m totally going to picture Harry as Harry from One Direction now! Great review! 😀

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