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Flirting with Maybe: A Novella (HarperTeen Impulse)

Flirting with Maybe: A Novella (HarperTeen Impulse) [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Higgins

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Sweet Evil author Wendy Higgins captivates with this fresh romance filled with alluring chemistry and coming-of-age tension. This 96-page novella of unrequited love between sophomore Ryan "The Kid" McPhearson, who makes the varsity baseball team and finds himself immersed in the life of upperclassmen, and the untouchable senior Brooke Bennet is rife with emotion.

Maybe to the outside world a two-year age difference doesn't matter, but this is high school. Everything matters. Higgins's deeply felt characters are tested with romantic highs and lows that are powerful, poignant, and keep us wanting more. And this includes a hot teaser chapter from the much-anticipated Sweet Peril, the second book in Higgins's paranormal Sweet Evil series.

HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (5 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G4Q3NY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wendy Higgins is a former high school English teacher. She lives in Virginia, USA with her husband, daughter, and son.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It 21 Jan 2014
By A Book Vacation - Published on
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While I absolutely adore Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Evil Series, I have to admit that I wasn’t as impressed with this contemporary novella. I think part of the issue here is that this is in fact a novella, which gave me less time to connect with the characters as the events moved quickly—especially because it takes place over a few year span. I also didn’t care much for Brooke. While her intentions in the beginning of the novel are innocent enough, she soon begins hurting Ryan more often, and she seems to know exactly what she’s doing. That, together with her constant bad decisions, one after another in terms of drink and boys, drove me insane, and truth be told, she wouldn’t have been a friend of mine in high school/college, so in that regard I also had a hard time connecting.

Ryan is a sweetie, and I definitely felt for him as he pined away for Brooke. He’s the ultimate friend turned lover, and I was glad that he finally gets his “someday,” but the pain he went through to get there was devastating. I would have been his other female friend who kept telling him to forget about Brooke, but hey, the heart is strange.

(Please note: I use the star rating system of Goodreads, which is different from Amazon. My overall rating is that I liked it)
5.0 out of 5 stars Wendy Higgins= awesome 20 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Wendy Higgins is brilliant. I have been reading the Sweet Evil series since it first came out and so when I found out she wrote this, and it being a novella, I said ok a quick half our read from her sounds great. And it was. Plus she has an epilogue posted on her website, don't forget to check that out.
4.0 out of 5 stars Was going to rate it 3 stars until I read the extra on the authors site! 6 Sep 2013
By Zellie - Published on
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Flirting with Maybe is your average high school story about an underclassman who falls for the beautiful upperclassman but it takes a cute twist. These two start off with this really interesting friendship. Ryans loyalty to Brooke is nothing to mess with.

I always think it's weird when I'm reading a novella that isn't attached to any other book or series. I also think it's weird and cool how you can stuff two years into 96 pages and still feel content with it.

The only thing that bothered me about this story was that Brooke was a little out of control and we never really know why. I mean we see brief snips and I guess that's the point of a novella but I would actually like to see this turn into a full on novel, I think that would be pretty awesome. The thing that bothered me about Ryan was that he was always "the nice guy". Even if it meant staying with someone he wasn't happy with. Sometimes you just need to break up and it doesn't matter when or how because that other person who is never happy will be heartbroken either way.

Overall I enjoyed this little read. And the extra on the authors website just makes it THAT much more adorable!
5.0 out of 5 stars Flirting with Maybe By Wendy Higgins 31 July 2013
By Ro Mejia - Published on
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My Take on this Journey:

This is a wonderful little Novella about Brooke Bennet, a hot 17 year old blond, with a great body, beautiful eyes, and very unassuming nature. Brooke has a natural look, and hardly wears make up. She is a senior in high school, and is part of the in-crowd. Brooke has many friends, her best friend being Jackie. Brooke is going to manage the Varsity Baseball team this year, and decides to reach out, and introduce herself to underclassman Ryan, (Ry) McPhearson. Ryan is in so much shock, he can't speak, so Brooke thinks he is shy. Ryan is only 16, a sophomore, and has made the Varsity Baseball team. He is very serious about baseball, and has a huge crush on Brooke. Whenever Brooke is around, Ryan practically went into a "Vanilla Cookie Coma." Brooke smells so great that he can't think when she is in close proximity.

Little by little these two become friends, and Ryan begins giving Brooke rides home. They first they stop by the State park, and talk about things she has never discussed with anyone before, not even her best friend Jackie knows about her step father, "Ron the Con"and how he is verbally abusive with Brooke, or how he never wants to spend money for her education or anything else.

Right from the start, the reader knows that Ry is madly in love with Brooke. Brooke goes off to college, and there is confusion and insecurity that overwhelms her. Her step-father has always told her she was a loser, just like her drunken father, and she always has always believed him. She has low self-esteem, and has unknowingly made a reputation for herself that she doesn't want or deserve. Ry always tries to reach out to her, but he is always looked at as the younger guy, "the kid" as everyone calls him.

This novella had so many different obstacles, leading from Brooke's upbringing, the fact that her dad left at an early age, and always had an excuse why he wasn't coming to see her. He was always getting his act together, but never quite made it. Brooke's real father was an alcoholic. Throughout her stay in the dorm at college with her sorority sisters, alcohol was always a problem, too much partying, bad grades, and self-loathing, that stood in the way of what she wanted. She is always running away when things get tough with Ry, and always leaves him hanging. Yet, he is always still hopeful, and waiting for her.

Ryan is a great character. He tries to find his way, get a girlfriend, Michelle, though Brooke is always in the forefront of his mind, and he tries to move on. Michelle, is very insecure and very neurotic. We see Ryan grow away from her, and mature throughout the short novella. I'm hoping that Ms. Higgins will honor us with a sequel. This is a great short story that is worth reading, and is worth making into a series.

I give, Flirting with Maybe, a big 5 Sweet, Heartfelt, Longing, Passion Filled Stars!

My Favorite Quotes:

"You're not your dad," Ryan said through clenched teeth. Her eyes watered. "But I'm like him." He ran his hand down her soft, straight hair and she closed her eyes. "You're not him. And you won't end up like him." (eARC pg. 59)

"I'm still not sure you won't walk out that door and forget about me," he said. Pain settled on her face. "I'll just have to prove myself, then." He paused. Since they were being honest, Ryan reached out to stroke her cheek, and said quietly, "you can start by not drinking anymore." He waited for an indignant response. The drinking thing was for her, not him, but he knew it was a hurdle in her life that she'd have to get over." (eARC pg. 67)
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a sweet story 29 July 2013
By Carolee Noury - Published on
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What's not to love about a Wendy Higgins novella? And excellent story to read while you're waiting for the next big thing. Sweet characters and Higgins' usual lovely emotionally driven story telling.
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