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FLIRT intern, Kiyoko Katsuda, was utterly ecstatic when her older sister, and super successful model, Miko, came to visit the interns loft in NYC during a runway show. But when she spots the Argentine beauty - and photography expert - Alexa Veron, she feels as if she's struck gold. Alexa's wild mane of hair, bubbly - and oft-times mischievous - personality, and gorgeous skin are absolutely striking. Enough so that Miko feels that Alexa has the potential to become a top model herself. Alexa is unsure of her opinion. She's always been more comfortable behind the camera, shooting subjects, and creating her own works of art, and feels that she'll never be good enough to rock the runway or pose for portraits. But when Miko announces to everyone that she's landed a meeting for Alexa with her own modeling company in Paris, Alexa finds it impossible to turn down a breathtaking trip to France. Packing her belongings, along with the exotic Kiyoko, the two interns find themselves coasting past the Eiffel Tower, and checking out the European hotties located on just about every corner. But it's obvious that not everyday with be as fun. Alexa has various photo shoots booked, and both girls have assignments from FLIRT that will certainly take up a large amount of their time. But assignments go out the window when both girls meet, and fall for, an American model named Lucas, who just happens to be a Casanova with the ladies. His incessant flirting, and Kiyoko's sudden jealousy of Alexa, leave the two girls at each others throats, and in the midst of a catfight that should put them to shame. Refusing to ride on Alexa's coattails, Kiyoko decides to do her own thing while in the city of lights, and soon fins herself face-to-face with a reclusive singer/songwriter, who made a bang on the music scene years ago, then went into hiding, leaving critics and fans alike believing that he was...deceased. Kiyoko is determined to land an interview with the star, and devotes all of her time to sitting around a local patisserie that he frequents. But during all that time, she begins thinking of her treatment towards Alexa, and misses their friendship.
Meanwhile, back in New York City, Melanie and Liv are up to their ears in work, and finding it difficult to keep up with their own growing workloads, while, at the same time, trying to assist staff members with photocopies and assignments that Alexa and Kiyoko usually take on. But FLIRT isn't the only thing keeping the girls occupied. Liv has just sold some of her creations to a local boutique, and is working as hard as possible to fill the order by the deadline. As if that weren't enough, she's attempting to balance school, create costumes for her boyfriend, Eli's, latest film production, and write a killer essay that could possibly land her an apprenticeship with the design company Florentina. Mel, on the other hand, has certainly bitten off more than she can chew. Between her work at FLIRT, school, and her job at a local diner, she's worked to the bone. But she's determined not to drop her various hobbies and interests. So she agrees to help get the school's blooming 'lit 'zine off the ground, by editing fiction. She's also working hard with her own writing, and attempting to keep Kiyoko on track by badgering her with news of her lingering deadline. Then there's helping Liv. Mel refuses to let her best friend fall behind in her work, so she drops her own responsibilities to help Liv put together designs, and better her chances for staying in New York. But when Mel's idol, author Laurel Healy, takes on a spot as guest editor at FLIRT, all bets are off.
Since the start of the FLIRT series, Nicole Clarke has kept the girls solidified as one unit by making them fairly inseparable, and keeping all of the interns stationed in one spot - New York City. In FRENCH TWIST, however, Clarke gives the girls a little breathing room to spread their wings and fly - literally - out on their own. Kiyoko and Alexa embrace their usual, wild child personalities. However, this time Kiyoko has taken on a new accessory - the green-eyed monster. Her jealousy is evident in each scene she appears in; and her constant anger towards Alexa only works to make her seem unfriendly and downright nasty, even though die-hard FLIRT fans know that Kiyoko is anything but. Alexa, on the other hand, seems to have toned down her flamboyant personality. In fact, during their stay in Paris, Alexa seems to have taken on a more reserved, quiet, demure persona, that instantly makes the reader question where the "old" Alexa has disappeared to. Don't get me wrong, this "new" Alexa is just as fun as before, but she lacks the sparkle and mischievousness that were once her trademarks. It's enough to make the reader realize that Alexa isn't necessarily happy in front of the camera, and craves to be back behind the camera, clicking away as she photographs subjects of all shapes, sizes, and species. Liv, while always ladylike and sweet, seems to spend more time thinking about herself within the pages of FRENCH TWIST than usual. Her constant me, me, me way of thinking makes it seem as if she has forgotten what friendship is all about, and seems to be using Mel more than ever to accomplish her various tasks, even though she knows that Mel is under an immense amount of pressure herself. Mel still reigns queen of managing to keep it all together. She never loses hope that she'll accomplish what she has set out to do, and her constant ability to help a friend in need, no matter how much it cuts into her own life, only works to make her more appealing and lovable to readers. Of course, it would always be nice to see her show some assertiveness for once, and let the people surrounding her know that she needs help sometimes, as well. Those who have followed the FLIRT series from book one will love the fact that Mel's tumultuous relationship with Emma Lyric's - the interns' housemother - son, Nick, finally comes to a head; but the revelation makes me question whether looose ends are being tied up for a reason - such as the series is coming to an end. Clarke has penned another delicious installment that paves the way for the next masterpiece - LONDON CALLING. FLIRT-ing has never been this much fun!