Book review: The Boy Most Likely To

IMG_1510.JPGTitle The Boy Most Likely To

Author Huntley Fitzpatrick

Rating ★★★☆☆

Synopsis 

Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
– find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
– need a liver transplant
– drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
– well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

Review

Last year I read my first ever Huntley Fitzpatrick book – My Life Next Door – and fell completely in love with her way of writing, and for some unknown reason I’ve waited too long to read The Boy Most Likely To.

I decided to amend this by adding it to my July TBR, and in my humble opinion, summer is the perfect season to read YA novels.

Ever since I read My Life Next Door, I’ve wanted to know more about Jase’s best friend – Tim Mason, and I got my wish.

The book alters between point of views, starting with Tim. He is a charming, smart, reckless, down on his luck, 17 year old with rusty red hair, and a member of the AA for his alcohol addiction.

I found myself relating a lot to him, he uses humour to deflect, it becomes amour against the world, and that really resonated with me.

Tim has lead a life of privilege, bouncing from private to private school until he was finally kicked out, which was the straw that broke that camel’s back for Tim’s father. Tim is thrown out, and when we first meet him, he’s packing, getting ready to move out. He is going to live in an aparment above the garage at the Garrett’s family.

It was great being back at the Garrett house, I have so much love for this family and the wonderful members.

At the Garrett house, the second protagonist is introduced, this time it’s Alice.

Alice, a year older than Tim and what seems to be decades wiser, she is carrying the world on her shoulders. Alice is a no bull-shit kinda girl, she has a lot of anger, and she takes care of her family, while her mother is preoccupied with a pregnancy and Mr. Garrett is at the hospital after the accident in the previous book.

Alice is a bit of a control freak, and that is also apparent in her relationship with Tim, she tries to solve his problems and she is just wired to carry everyone elses problems.

Tim is trying his best to figure life out, while being a recovering alcoholic, and the book also touches upon that and how important it is to have people around you who want the best for you, he goes to his meetings, he makes use of his sponsors and that was great to witness.

When life throws him a curveball that he did not at all see coming, he is close to relapsing, but powers through.

The relationship between Alice and Tim starts to blossom, and I wanted more! I wanted to swoon and be swept away in ya love, but that didn’t happen. That being said, my goodness, Huntley Fitzpatrick can write kisses and first times, I just need moreeeee!

The story touches upon various topics, and family is an ever present theme in this book, just like it was in the My life Next Door, and how families stick together even when the tough gets going.

There were some subplots and minor characters that I could have been without, they didn’t add to the story and that’s a shame.

The curveball that’s thrown at Tim is major, I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but it definitely served as a catalyst for his growth, and  he once again just shows what a sincere person he is.

I think I was expecting another book more like My Life Next Door, where the focus was more on the relationship bteween Alice and Tim, and the parts we got to see in the book were amazing, I just wanted more.

All in all, another great YA novel by Huntley Fitzpatrick, I’ll have to get my hands on more of her books, asap! 🙂

 

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