Review: The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

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.

Title: Trouble With Flirting
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Format: paperback
Series: No

This review contains spoilers. You are warned!

Mansfield Park is one of my all time favourite books, and definitely one of my favourites by Jane Austen. So when I discovered this modern day re-telling of Mansfield Park I knew I had to read it!

The Trouble with Flirting is the story of Franny as she goes to the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theatre Program as an assistant to her aunt, the costume designer for the productions. Here she meets Alex, Harry, and everybody else taking the part of the Mansfield Park characters. 

The story began pretty slowly but held my attention long enough for it to get interesting. The author followed Jane Austen's original story quite well, though she wasn't afraid to make the changes necessary for the updated version to stand on it's own merits. After the first few chapters I found myself immersed in this familiar, yet wholly new, classic. 

LaZebnik changes Austen's original story, dare I say it, for the better? Un-demonising (De-demonising? I don't know, just roll with it) some of the less savoury characters from the original book really works in this adaptation. I found myself really liking some of the most hated characters in Mansfield Park such as Isabelle, this book's version of Mary Crawford. She was such a likeable character! 

What really made this book so great for me was Harry. He was such a charming, lovable character. To be honest I always believed, in the original book, that Fanny should have married Henry Crawford. I loved him, and thought Edmund never deserved her. This book further cemented my view! Harry is by far the better choice over Alex. I believe LaZebnik showed Edmund's flaws perfectly in Alex.

The ending to this book was absolute perfection! I couldn't believe how it ended, simply because I didn't think the author would be daring enough to do it, no matter my feelings. If you've read it then you know exactly what I'm talking about!

If you haven't read it yet, then what are you waiting for?!? This was one of my favourite reads of 2013 and I can't wait to read more by this author!

Have you read The Trouble with Flirting? What did you think? If you haven't then are you going to give it a go? Let me know in the comments below!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't start requesting until I hit 100 followers. I have been swamped before but I've got it down now, just 4 to read/review that I'm almost certain I will love. I don't really care when I see US bloggers getting physical ARCs... I just feel sorry for their bookshelves! (I'm in the UK so ARCs are rarer than gold, we don't really have them)

    ★ Under The Mountain ★