Monday, March 25, 2013

Mini Review: Flirting With Maybe by Wendy Higgins

  • Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 92
  • Source: OwnPurchased eBook 
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He was fifteen and she was seventeen.

When sophomore Ryan "The Kid" McPhearson makes the Varsity baseball team, he finds himself submersed into the life of upperclassmen, and falling in love with senior Brooke Bennet. To Ryan she's his dream girl, perfect. Maybe to the outside world a two-year age difference doesn't matter, but this is high school. Everything matters.

Ryan soon realizes Brooke's life is not so perfect. He becomes her closest friend, her safe place to fall when she needs to escape. Ryan seems to be benched in the friend zone with no chance to bat.

Time is both a curse and a blessing. It ushers Brooke away to college, and Ryan into the arms of his first girlfriend. It alters Ryan from a kid to a high school graduate, ready to venture to college himself. But when Ryan sees Brooke again he realizes there are some things even time can't touch.

Though much has changed, one question still remains. Will the things that mattered in high school always stand between them?

(A contemporary/realistic fiction novella available only as an ebook)
(note: an epilogue can be found on the author's website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com/p/e...)
 
My Thoughts

When I saw that Wendy Higgings was writing a contemporary novella I was so excited. Quick, but wonderful, this story was full of emotion. The characters were so  fun to get to know and I felt satisfied as if this were a full length novel.

Brook was a bit of a mess. She comes across as bubbly and friendly And perfect, but really she is broken, afraid, and insecure. Her mom and stepdad are horrible and her absent father is an alcoholic. She is embarrassed by her life so she doesn't tell her friends. She feels like guys only want her for her body. She wants to get away and start a new life, but she's really just making more of a mess of her life by partying all the time.

Ryan is sweet and caring. He's completely head over heels for Brooke. He's the only one who really knows her. When she goes off to college he tries move on, but he still cares about her. He knows that he doesn't belong with the other girl, but he hopes he can grow to love her. Brooke is his everything and the more she distances herself, the more it hurts him.

Even with just being a novella, I felt like this had all the content, character growth, and emotion that you see in full length novel. I was so caught up in their story and I cared what happened to them at the end of it all. I loved the writing and I am definitely hoping that Wendy Higgins writes more contemporary in the future!!
 
 
 
 

36 comments:

  1. hmmm i guess this would be the books for flirting 101 awesome review by the way

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  2. Wendy is one of mu favorite authors and I adore her writing. I have yet to read Flirting With Maybe even though I got it as soon as it came out and I feel so bad about it because people seem to love this little piece of art. I know some of them wish it had been a whole lentgh book and even though I can't really have any thoughts on it since I haven't even read the book myself, I know I'm going to love it and probably hate that it got over so soon. Happy that you liked it so much:)

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

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    1. It really is satisfying even thought it's a novella. I thought it was perfect for this story, but I really want her to write more contemporary in the future.

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  3. This sounds like such a cute read, Amy! I need to give it a try one of these days. I'm sure I can get through it pretty fast since it's only 92 pages.
    I love the sound of the characters! I can't wait to meet Ryan. :)
    Great mini review, Amy!

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    1. I read it super quick and it was great. I loved the characters. Ryan is so sweet. I really like him. I wanted to hate Brooke, but I couldn't. She was just horrible broken and insecure even if she only showed confidence and acted okay. I think you would like this.

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  4. It's always awesome when you get a novella that reads as a full story. So happy you loved FWM. Great review, Amy!

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    1. Very few novellas that are stand alone and don't go with a series are satisfying, but this really was. I am dying for Wendy Higgins to write a full length contemporary!

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  5. I need to buy this. It looks good. I have no doubt that Wendy can write a good contemporary. I enjoy her writing. Thanks for the review!

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    1. This was really awesome and perfect for a quick read in between books.

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  6. Oh that's good to hear that this has everything we need for a story to be complete. That's important in a novella if its not part of a series. I will have to grab this bone's

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    1. This 'one' not bone's. Stupid auto correct.

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    2. Haha!! Gotta love auto correct. I knew what you meant. ;)

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  7. Ohhh I had never heard of this one before. I really liked Sweet Evil so I am up for some more Wendy Higgins in my life. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention, it sounds like it has a lot going for it.

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    1. It's a quick contemporary. Even though it's a novella I still felt like it was a full story, just condensed into a nice fast easy read. :)

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  8. This one sounds darling! I think I need to read it!

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  9. Great review. I see people tweeting about Wendy's books all the time but I have never read any. Since this is a quick novella I'm going to give this one a shot. It sounds so sweet.

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    1. It's great to read a novella and still feel like you got a whole novel experience out of it. It's so hard to fit the content into such a short amount of pages and still make it feel complete, but she did it very well.

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  10. I really like novellas when they feel complete, and it sounds like this was that! I confess to more mixed reactions towards SWEET EVIL, but I'm open to the idea of trying other books by her down the road--and this one might do nicely. Thanks for the review, Amy!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I liked Sweet Evil a lot, but wasn't one of those people who absolutely loved it. (Though, I am beyond excited to read Sweet Peril!) I really liked this first venture of hers into the contemporary genre and hope that she writes more of it!!

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  11. I don't read a lot of novellas because I feel like I never have time to connect with the characters or really get into the story so it's good to know this one feels like a full novel on that front. I was intrigued as soon as I saw it was Wendy Higgings! Even though I never read Sweet Evil I know she's a great author by the review she's been getting. Great review, sweet cheeks!

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    1. This is really a fantastic and complete feeling novella! I think you would like it!

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  12. Awesome! I'm excited to read this. Wendy is one of my fave authors. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. She did awesome at this. It's under 100 pages, but when you are done you felt like you took in everything a full book would give you, but it never felt rushed.

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  13. I am really liking novellas right now. I am always hesitant to get into a 400+ page book cause I don’t have much time to read. Sometimes I just want to read a good short story. Love Wendy Higgins! Gonna have to check this one out :)

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    1. I really enjoy novellas when they add to a series, but I haven't really read many that are stand alone. I have read a few Entangled romance ones and I think one other Harper Impulse, but I really do enjoy them when done well like this.

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    1. I think you would really like it!!

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  15. Oh yay I'm glad you really loved this one! Everybody's been saying that Wendy needs to write more contemporary, and I can definitely see why, with Brooke's messed up life and Ryan just sounds so sweet and endaering! :) And the fact that it kind of is like a full novel, only shortened is even better!

    Great review, Amy!

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    1. Yes, the characters are very complex, well, Brooke mostly. It was done so well in so few pages. I am hoping that she writes more contemporary!!

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  16. I love shorter books--I think everything's too long--and since you were satisfied with the depth in this one, I'm definitely going to pick it up!

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    1. Some books are so long that it's intimidating to pick them up. Not that they aren't good, but sometimes it's nice to get a complete story out of 100 pages or less.

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  17. I love when a Novella can wrap up a great story. It's hard to find them and I'm so happy I read your review, today. I'm adding this to my pile!

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  18. Such an amazing review Amy, I don't normally read these then review them as I have nothing much to say. This novella sounds so good!

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  19. I love a good novella here and there and Wendy's writing is great! This sounds like something I will def enjoy and I like the sound of Brooke & Ryan. Great review!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  20. Really excited for this one! Love novellas! Sounds like a cute read and it's great when a short story still fits in a great story with good character development.

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