The Trouble With Flirting – Claire LaZebnik

The Trouble With Flirting – Claire LaZebnikTitle: The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik
Publishing Info: February 26, 2013 by HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: March 12, 2013
Related Posts: The Last Best Kiss

    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.

bookreview1Why didn’t you guys tell me how cute this book was!? I seriously almost didn’t read it and/or put it off because I was so unsure about it. Firstly, it’s a loosely-based retelling of MANSFIELD PARK by Jane Austen……. Which I know nothing about. Also, although I know OF Claire LeZebnik, I feel like I haven’t heard a lot about many of her books. I was totally in the dark about what I was jumping into and now I’m SO glad I did.

THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING, in a word, is adorable. Franny’s just your average teenager who happens to have kind of a knack for acting but hasn’t done much with it since 8th grade. She needs to get a job for the summer so the closest she gets to acting is working for her aunt as a seamstress for a summer acting program. To her surprise, Franny’s old 8th grade crush turns up and meanwhile, Harry “I’m-hot-in-an-obvious-way-but-it-totally-works” Cartwright is totally hitting on Franny as well. Sarcasm, wit, and swoony moments ensue thus solidifying our appropriate title, THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING.

Okay, now my feelings: I FELT FEELINGS. Guuuuys. I didn’t expect to feel so swoony about this book and like Franny, I didn’t expect to feel so swoony about Harry. I absolutely love relationships in books built off of sarcasm and jokes. I don’t know WHY but for some reason I think it’s totally adorable and let me tell you, Claire LaZebnik is the sarcasm master but still keeps everything light and funny (not that kind of sarcasm that seems arrogant or rude). I just had so much fun reading the banter back and forth, mostly between Franny and Harry!

I really enjoyed the setting of the book revolving around the fact that all of these kids are here for a sort of summer camp for actors. I liked the fact that they were all staying in the dorms (aside from Franny) so they were all in the same place at the same time without being at a high school. It’s a more relaxed feel since it’s summer, but these kids still have work to do. I really liked the acting aspect of it too – It reminded me a bit of my high school days (okay, I couldn’t act, but I WAS in the plays/musicals).


Franny: Franny was spunky and witty and I loved her! She brought a real zing to the book. Even though she wasn’t in the ideal position she wanted to be in over the summer, she made it work and she was the perfect mix of confident and a little bit timid with it came to the boys!
Harry: I swooned for Harry! Let’s just get that out there. For some reason I really love witty banter back and forth between two characters so the exchange between Franny & Harry was so much fun for me to read!
Alex: I was a little unsure about Alex. I liked him but there were times when he just felt too wishy washy. I was rooting for him a bit in the beginning but then when things started to happen between Franny & Harry, I only had eyes for Harry!

addiction_factor1 Read it!

Definitely pick this one up! I thought it was just adorable and it totally surprised me! Especially great for a cute, summer romance.


     Meant To Be      Going VIntage

Hi, I'm Brittany!
Hi, I'm Brittany!

I'm an avid reader, candle-maker, and audiobook lover! Here you'll find book reviews, fun blog posts, and my other loves of photography & craft beer!

Recently Read

Dead Moon
The Fold
Instant Karma
American Girl
The Recovery Agent
The Harbor
One of Us Is Dead
The Last Thing He Told Me
Hook, Line, and Sinker
It Happened One Summer
The Good Lie

Brittany S.’s favorite books »

11 thoughts on “The Trouble With Flirting – Claire LaZebnik

  1. elena

    The other book by the author based on P&P was cute for me but it wasn’t mind blowing. I think I’ll probably have similar feelings to this one. I love that you’re so swoony over Harry, it makes me want to swoon over him too! I love that it’s set in summer camp too. Wonderful review.

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks! I totally wasn’t expect to swoon in this book at all or even like it as much as I did! I think all the wit & humor swept me away 🙂

  2. Renae @ Respiring Thoughts

    I love sarcastic/jokey romances also! The ones where everything’s not gooshy sweet 24/7 are so much better, in my opinion. That also sounds like a big step up from the original Mansfield Park, since Fanny and Edmund were really boring and gross (and also first cousins, hence the gross).

  3. Ashley @ Wholly Books

    I actually hadn’t heard of this book until now! I’m not sure how that happened! I am going to have to check this book out sometime because it sounds like so much fun! I love that it’s a Jane Austen retelling! Great review!

  4. Christianna

    I NEED to read this book! Mansfield is one of my favorite Austin books! This one sounds soooooo good! Loved your review and how excited you were about this one! Yay!

  5. Amy

    Oooooo! This sounds like I’ll enjoy it when I’m in the mood for a lighter read. I’m also a big fan of flirting that’s filled with lots of sarcastic banter. I find that sarcasm, if done right, is totally swoon-worthy.

  6. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I don’t know why I’m hesitating to read The Trouble with Flirting because I really liked the author’s Epic Fail. For some reason I am just a little nervous about it, even though I keep hearing how adorable it is. I should really pick it up and give it a try. Glad you liked it, and definitely five Epic Fail a try.

  7. DannyBookworm

    For some reason, I totally didn’t care to read this book first. But yours is the second super positive Review I read and it sounds so cute that I need to read it too!
    Also… below you mention MEANT TO BE!! I LOVED this book :)) Woot!

    1. Brittany Post author

      SAME HERE! I almost gave this one away without even reading it and I was like Ehhhh, I’ll try it. I’m so glad I did! It was so much more than I expected 🙂 It totally has the same kind of humor as Meant to Be and Going Vintage 🙂

  8. Jessie Marie @ The Daily Bookmark

    Oh gosh this sounds right up my alley. I love relationships that start of full of snark and sarcasm – maybe because I’m a snarky, sarcastic, snarker? I dunno but I love that! And swoony characters. And names like Franny and Harry. I just am way too interested. Sounds adorable. I know nothing about Mansfield Park either, but that sounds like a good thing. : ) Great review.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: