How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing
Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It’s just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.
This warm, nuanced, hilarious story about friendship, fortitude . . . and dancing is impossible not to fall in love with. Jenny’s voice is fresh and convincing, and she handles both darker and lighter elements of the story with equal panache.
I have to admit that it was the beautiful cover that immediately drew my eye to Flirty Dancing. Then it was the fun title. It sounded like a perfect summer read. That’s just what it was.
I think I have to admit, that at first, I wasn’t completely blown away. It seemed incredibly young, and I worried that I wouldn’t get through it. I think this book is aimed towards teenagers, so I persevered anyway to see if it improved. It did. I won’t say that this is one of my favourite books, or that I would continue with the series, but it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours. It is a short read and enjoyable throughout.
Flirty Dancing centres around Bea and her friends at school. It’s your typical teenage story about the cliques there are at school. You know the sort… the sort where there is a Queen Bee and in this case, it’s Pearl. Pearl completely bullies Bea because Bea is different and doesn’t fit in as well as others. The bullying increases when Bea is partnered with Ollie, someone Pearl is really interested in.
I really loved Bea as a character. I thought she was incredibly likeable. I was rooting for her to stand up for herself. I’m shy myself, so I could totally relate to her. I thought the relationship between Bea and her sister Emma was totally adorable. Pearl was the stereotypical secondary/high school popular kid. I was certainly glad that Bea developed confidence even though Pearl tried to bring her down.
Flirty Dancing is a quick, cutesy read that easily captures your attention and is a lovely way to spend a few hours. I like that Jenny McLachlan dealt with bullying as well as providing a fun, captivating read for teenagers and teenage fiction fans alike.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes- definitely for fans of teenage fiction!