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Flirt Club Hardcover – January 4, 2011

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Eighth-grade BFFs Annie and Izzy—secret nicknames Bean and Cisco, respectively—are clueless about how to get boys’ attention, so they start the top-secret Flirt Club to study methods, covertly observing classmate Jeanne’s successful techniques and brainstorming their own. From trying conversation starters on Annie’s cat to “accidentally” bumping into prospective flirting targets, the girls practice their techniques with varying results. Meanwhile, both audition and get parts in the school musical, where they find new club members and flirting ideas and try to determine their place in the social strata. Through fluctuating crushes, romance angst, misunderstandings, and reconciliations, Annie and Izzy learn the challenges and rewards of embracing new opportunities in love and life and, most importantly, the value of friendship. Told through the girls’ locker notes, lists, and journal entries, this entertaining read features peppy prose, humor, and on-target issues, such as dealing with insecurities, heartbreak, mean girls, and physical-relationship pressures. Although the characters’ narratives occasionally blur, this is an enjoyable debut. Grades 6-9. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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Oh the trauma of first kisses, crushes and co-ed convos. Izzy and Annie lose their ability to speak around boys. So they start Flirt Club, a secret society of equally distressed buds to help each other out, landing some hilarious and touching results. (Girls' Life)

Told through very funny notes to each other, journal entries, and minutes from Flirt Club meetings, Daly's debut sparkles with wit, and her protagonists brim with enthusiasm and heart. (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review))

Told through a series of notes, journal entries, and minutes from Flirt Club meetings, Daly's tale of the (mis)adventures of a pair of self-professed drama dorks is a warm and funny portrait of the ups and downs of middle school life. (Horn Book)

The girls' friendships are authentic and the situations are definitely on target for middle schoolers. (School Library Journal)

"With a pleasing blend of genuine warmth and witty banter, Daly gets the tone just right as she offers up a nice counterbalance to the typical mean-girl story, focusing more on the candid affection between Annie and Izzy than on junior-high dramatics." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

Told through the girls' locker notes, lists, and journal entries, this entertaining read features peppy prose, humor, and on-target issues, such as dealing with insecurities, heartbreak, mean girls, and physical-relationship pressures. (Booklist)

Just the ticket for preadolescent girls. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435728
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,725,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cathleen Daly is performer and writer who lives in the Bay Area outside San Francisco. Besides writing unintelligible notes to herself, she writes poetry, fiction and experimental theater.
Her poetry has been published in a variety of journals and in Literary Mama, The Anthology. She's authored one chapbook of poetry, "Ode to the Unhinged". Her last show "How to be a Secret Agent Girl as Seen on American Television and in Movies" won Best of the SF Fringe Festival and was featured in the Women on the Way Festival. Her favorite part of the show, besides squishing her face into a cake, was playing a dirty, old pirate and swaggering around in pantaloons. "Pantaloons" is one of Cathleen's favorite words. Some other favorites are "pantsuit", "culottes", and "addendum".

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hayley Kolb on January 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The story is told through notes to one another and journal entries. I don't know why, but I kind of like that sort of story-telling. The book is for young adults/teenagers, but I think even "grown-ups" can enjoy it, remembering being a teen of the female sort and trying to get the attention of the male sort. I laughed out loud while reading this. This book is smart and charming, and I would love to read more by the author. Thanks to Goodreads Early Reviewers for this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moirae the fates book reviews on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Flirt Club by Cathleen Daly.
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When two self-professed middle school drama geeks--Isabelle and Annie (a.k.a. Cisco and The Bean)--fail at their attemps in romance, they start Flirt Club, an after school support group for similarly afflicted friends who decide to take decisive and strategic action with hilarious and touching results.
(Synopsis provided by good reads)

This book is very fanciful and full of the sweet pie in the sky attitude that a lot of young girls have towards love. The premise of this book was really cute and fun.

I enjoyed myself when I read this book and even though I am in my 20's I think women of any age can enjoy this book. I like how it was told through journal entries and notes the girls wrote to one another, I think that gave it a little something extra!

I found all of the girls to be fun and likeable, I do wish I could have seen a little more development in some of the situations and one of the girls. But aside from that, I still found the book thoroughly enjoyable. This book may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you want to remember what it was like to be in middle school and wanting to find your HEA, then I think you would enjoy this book.

Over all rating:
**** 4 out of 5 stars

Cover art:
The cover art on my copy is different then on the copy shown, but I think they are both cute.

Obtained:
I won a copy from goodreads early reviewers thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Levine on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Cathleen Daly has really hit the ball out of the park with FLIRT CLUB. I'm pretty well past my tween years, but anyone who has ever been in the 8th grade will surely get a big kick out of the adventures of Bean and Cisco and their Flirt Club pals. Told through captivating notes (left in each other's lockers, of course) and journal entries, the girls pull you into their very entertaining lives, filled with delightful whimsy. It's a colorful and lively escapade through their flirty forays and fantastical theater geek adventures. At once charming, touching, and engaging, this book is a real page turner, and one you won't want to miss. I only wish it didn't have to end, and when it did, I was wishing for the sequel!
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Format: Hardcover
There were some things I liked and something I didn't like so much making this just an overall okay read. I really enjoyed the whole form of the book -- the notes, diary entries, Flirt Club documenting. All the notes totally reminded me of things I wrote when I was in middle school. I didn't really enjoy how some of the stuff just didn't really jive for me with their ages.

I loved the characters. They were so weird and crazy -- just like me in middle school. I loved that while they kind of thought it would be cool to be popular they still loved themselves and didn't want to change. I also loved the whole drama geek aspect of it all. I'm not one personally, but I enjoy reading about it quite a bit. It was also really fun to see how all the dynamics changed -- friends, relationships -- throughout the whole school year.

Now for the not-so positive. Like I said, some things just didn't really seem right for the age group. Most of the kids were probably 13 or 14 but it seemed more like they were 16. It talked about the girls going grocery shopping, to the mall, and tons of other places, but it never mentioned parents and that just felt really odd. And there was second base going! I just kept thinking "yeah, I know that happens, but it just feels completely weird in this book."

Final Thoughts: It kind of dragged a bit in the middle, but overall it's a cute book. I'm sure most of you are capable of ignoring the odd, seemingly absent parents unlike me. This will totally take you back to middle school, especially if you were one of the geeky kids :]
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