The Trouble with Flirting


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And a few reviews:

Forever Young Adult: “God, I loved this book. The only thing I regret about blowing through its story is that it gave me a terrible case of TEABS. It’s fun and sweet and dreamy, and it hits close to my heart.”

Confessions of a Readaholic: “Claire LaZebnik truly does have the makings of a Queen of Teen Fiction, and I’m excited to see what she comes up with in the future to come. The Trouble With Flirting is definitely one of my favorite contemporaries so far in 2013, and it will have you smiling from start to finish. ”

The YA Bookcase: “If romance and/or theater interest you, definitely check this book out. I loved everything about it.”

Refracted Light Reviews: “And may I just say, LaZebnik has done it again? She’s done it again. I’ve read (and seen) my fair share of reimagined/updated/Austen-inspired stories, but hers are most certainly among my favorites. LaZebnik makes it feel effortless, never like she’s trying to hard to make the story fit the world and situation she’s created — never like it’s forced. It just… does fit. What’s more, she makes it a story all her own,  and everything else just falls into place.”

See what you think:

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.


47 responses to “The Trouble with Flirting

  1. Trouble with Flirting sounds like EVERY girls life when she was a teenager. I can’t wait to read this book!! It will be perfect to remember back in the old days, before I had to grow up! 😉

  2. Claire

    Thanks, Nicole! I don’t think I ever really did grow up, which is why I love writing these books so much!

  3. maymarquez26

    I think that this book will be full of funny moments during the teenage years of every girl who experienced to flirt or to be flirted with. I can’t wait to read this book already! 🙂

  4. Claire

    Aw, thanks! Not much longer now at all!

  5. shannon

    I really enjoyed Epic Fail and so I really can’t wait until I get the chance to read this as well. It sounds like just the right book for me

  6. Manisha

    I just finished reading this and I love it!! I also loved Epic Fail, and The Smart One and the Pretty One. Please keep writing 🙂 I enjoy reading your books!

  7. Saskia

    I just finished reading ‘The Trouble With Flirting’ and was wondering if there might be a sequel? The ending felt so incomplete! 😦

  8. Claire

    I’m glad you care so much about the characters! I wasn’t planning on a sequel, but THE LAST BEST KISS comes out in a year, and that one has a nice long epilogue!

  9. Okay, so The Trouble With Flirting is in my Top Ten Best Teen Books, and I just wanted to suggest the possibility of a sequel too, because there are so many possibilities, and I love it so much but the future for them feels uncertain and I just want them to wok out, because they’re 6 hours apart, and Harry does flirt effortlessly and Alex lives near Franny. And you know, so many possible complications. So please please please think about a sequel. But most of all Thank you for writing this because it was such a good heart warming read 🙂

  10. Claire

    I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear a little love for TTWF! Its big sister EPIC FAIL hogs all the attention, and I love this book too. Thank you, Jurselle! You’re the best. And it WOULD make for a good sequel. If more people start discovering and reading this book, I’ll definitely consider it. Thanks again.

  11. Sarah

    Omygosh. So I love your books so freaking much. I read epic fail about a year ago and fell in love with it… It’s basically my favorite teen romance book ever and I’ve reread it 5 or 6 times! And then I found out about ttwf and got it, but I was sure it couldn’t be as good as epic fail. But then it was even better! I love Harry sooo much (and Derek too!) and i would LOVE for u to write a sequel for ttwf. You should definitely keep them together but I want to know how their relationship is long distance and with Alex in Phoenix and everything!
    I’m also super excited for your next book too!

  12. Claire

    Thank you SO much, Sarah! One of my favorite emails ever. I love when TTWF gets some love–people don’t seem to be finding it the way they did Epic Fail.

  13. cassandra

    I love thus book so much. Its the best i wasnso excited when inheard about thus book. Cause i lovee epic fail. Hopefully youll write a sequal. That would be kool if franny went to the school she was workin at!

  14. Claire

    I love you, Cassandra!

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  16. Penny

    Finally bought The Trouble with Flirting! I am still absolutely in love with -and who isn’t?- Epic fail. I first read it about a year ago and I still reread it every few months! I’m a little hesitant about TTWF because I’m Epic Fail is my fav Teen Fiction book and I don’t know if I’ll like TTWF as much.
    But I’m positive it’ll be good. I really admire your writing, Claire! 🙂

  17. Claire

    thank you, Penny! Please, if you like Trouble with Flirting, spread the word!

  18. I can’t even tell you how amazed I am that you read my message. Thank you so much. Hoping this book gets the attention it so rightly deserves (Also, so that I can have the sequel I’ve been pining for). More power to you, your lovely characters and your books. 🙂

  19. Claire

    Thank you so much!

  20. I love this book, the plot, the emotions, everything. So please, will you consider a sequel? I’m looking forward to reading your other books too.

  21. Claire

    I’m so glad you liked it so much! I never rule out the possibility of a sequel, but I’d have to be inspired by a fresh idea for the characters. Thanks for writing!

  22. Ella

    May I know who the person on the cover is? Great book by the way! Also, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  23. Claire

    I don’t know! I think it was a stock photo. She’s beautiful though, isn’t she? In a very cool way?

  24. Anonymous

    The book sounds great and I love Epic Fail, but now I’m afraid to read it because a lot of people say it leaves you hanging, yet there isn’t a sequel?

  25. Claire

    I don’t think it leaves you hanging! But then, I’m the author. 🙂

  26. unsophisticatedgattara

    Hi, Ms. Claire! I’ve read TTWF last December and I’m still hung up on it. I’m rereading it as of this moment because it’s soooo good. I’m utterly in love with Harry’s character. I just want more of him and Hadley. This book kept me up all night to finish. It’s one of those books that makes you want to read more as one page goes by. You are a great author, Ma’am. TTWF is wonderfully written. I hope you reconsider making a sequel to it, I’m sure many fans would adore it. God bless you and your family. Thank you! 🙂

  27. Claire

    Thank YOU!

  28. Fern Miller

    I loved this book so much!!!!!!! It’s the most amazing book I’ve ever read!! It’s very well written, and I’ve been through that before. It’s a real life dilemma all in a book! I just fell in love with the characters! Everything in the book felt so real! Like it could happen in my neighborhood! Please think of a sequel! I was kind of disappointed when I heard there wasn’t one. I will definitely read more of your books, but please, please consider it.

  29. Anonymous

    Do you just do straight stories?

  30. Claire


  31. Imp

    I love Jane Austen and I love modern adaptations of her books, so I was really happy when I came across Epic Fail. Even though I knew relatively what was going to happen, I loved Epic Fail, especially Elise! Then, I had to read The Trouble with Flirting and I could not put it down. I just finished it today and I was not expecting to really like Harry. Like the posters above me, I would love a sequel to it because there is definitely so much potential for one. I can’t wait to read The Last Best Kiss and your future works! I’m hoping that you’ll write a modern adaptation of Emma!

  32. Claire

    Thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed these books–and I’ve already written my “Emma novel.” It’ll be out next spring, I think! Follow me on my Facebook page for updates!

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  34. Kalz

    I love, love, love this book! I love Franny as much as I loved Elise (trust me; that’s saying something), and Harry totally made me sigh out loud. I really hope that TTWF gets as much recognition as Epic Fail, because it totally deserves it. It’s rare these days that I read YA books with balanced, healthy characters whose decisions and judgments (even the wrong ones!) I can fully support and understand.

    Also, I read all three of your Jane Austen retellings (multiple times, actually, and I STILL laugh out loud while I’m reading them!). I love them so much; they stay true to the original plot, but they’re fresh enough that I don’t feel like I’m reading the same story over and over.

    Can’t wait to read your Emma retelling! Seriously, I squealed when I saw your comment above! Emma’s one of my favorite Jane Austen novels 🙂

    Please, can you make Spring come faster??

  35. Claire

    As of yet, I can’t control time, but I’ll keep working on it. 🙂 Just know that my version of Emma is very loose and far from the original because . . . CLUELESS. I think that movie is sort of the perfect update of Emma, so I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Wrong About the Guy just borrows some elements from Emma, but it’s very much its own thing. I am so glad you love Franny–I do too. I think all my heroines are good people who make mistakes, which makes them pretty much like us REAL people.

  36. Darn. I’ll just make myself a cute little countdown watch to pass the days, then.

    And you hit the nail on the head! That’s why your heroines are so relatable 🙂

    Also, Clueless is amazing! Stop killing me! I HAVEN’T ANTICIPATED ANYTHING WITH THIS MUCH FERVOR SINCE MY MOM TOLD ME I WAS GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE BROTHER (I’m not sure he’s lived up to my expectations though…)

    Is there any way I could get an ARC of the book when you’re about to release it? 🙂

  37. Claire

    Remind me in like six months and I’ll ask the publishing house!

  38. Literally jumping with joy.
    Thank you! I’ll be in touch in about six months 🙂

  39. Anonymous

    I just bought it yesterday and i’m excited to read it. 🙂

  40. Claire

    I hope you enjoy it!

  41. Marchelline

    This is the THIRD time I’m reading this and I am absolutely dying for a sequel!!! Please? I just absolutely love their chemistry and the way the characters and story take me back to my teen years! Makes feel so giddy! Sequel!!!! 😁😍

  42. Claire

    I love your enthusiasm!

  43. Anonymous

    Any chance you will write a Northanger Abbey book?

  44. Claire

    I’d totally be up for it–and had an idea for it–but I’m not sure the publishers would be.

  45. Victoria Tyler

    I just finished this book today and I would like to see a sequel. Franny and Harry are so cute together. PLEASE write a sequel. I can’t stop thinking about it.

  46. Claire

    So glad you liked it! Please try my other novels–they may fill the void like a sequel would!

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