11 March, 2013

book review

Flirting with Maybe by Wendy Higgins

My Copy: ePub eBook, 92 pages
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeenImpulse
Source: Purchased

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 Brook 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?
 
 
My Review

I am a big fan of Wendy Higgins, due to the complete awesomeness of her debut, Sweet Evil.  So, I was excited to hear that she had a novella coming out (plus, it helped that it included an excerpt from Sweet Peril!).  I thought “Flirting with Maybe” was a good little story.  The writing was good and captivating, though it was different than we’re used to from Higgins.

This story is told through the perspective of a teenage boy, Ryan, who has a huge crush on a girl two years older than him.  I thought Ryan was completely endearing and I really enjoyed reading the story through his eyes.  His love interest, Brooke, is also very likeable.  We don’t get to see inside her head at all, but it’s clear that she is a good person, just with some baggage.

Overall, I enjoyed this story.  I mean, I wouldn’t say it’s overly unique or super-duper special or anything, but I would recommend it if you are looking for a cute little romantic story to read.  Wendy Higgins delivers again!  Oh, and once you have read this novella, be sure to check out the epilogue on Wendy Higgins’ website!

4 stars blue
A Peek Inside:
 
He gathered the fabric of the back of her
shirt in his hands. “I know you don’t want a
long-distance relationship, and I know you
only see me as a friend, and I know this night
was just a fluke . . . but someday . . . maybe . . .”
He couldn’t bring himself to voice his hopes.
 
“Someday,” she whispered back. “Maybe.”

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2 Responses to “Mini Review: Flirting with Maybe”

  1. I was not thinking at all that this author was the same author who wrote Sweet Evil. They seem very different. I haven’t read either of them, though, so I guess I really can’t make that assumption. I usually don’t read novellas, because I don’t feel like I can connect to the characters, but I hear such good things about them all of the time that I have been thinking of trying one on for size. I may just make this one that first one!

    • It is definitely different than Sweet Evil, so I can see why you wouldn’t know that it’s from the same author (unless you’re a big fan, like me!). I like to read the odd novella or short story for something different. But, I do understand what you mean about not being able to connect with the characters. Sometimes it is difficult, as there isn’t as much room to develop characters. I guess it just depends on the story, though.