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