Title: The Boy Most Likely To
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Companion Novel to My Life Next Door
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Listening Library
A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door – great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely to find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and 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
Quick and Dirty:
A dual point of view story of a boy turning his life around with a girl looking for her own identity outside of her family.
“I’ve been summoned to see the Nowhere Man.”
That first sentence seemed like a sign that this book belongs on The Wonderland Shelf and at tea time Hatter even insisted that he be called “Nowhere Man” for the duration of this review. While it is quickly revealed that the “Nowhere Man” is actually one of the narrator’s father (who is very unWonderlandLike), the name had a ring to it and was the first example of the character Tim Mason’s witty and sarcastic tone.
Before I dive into the opinion part of the review there is a bit of background necessary to this book. The Boy Most Likely To is for all purposes a companion novel to My Life Next Door. In My Life Next Door readers meet Jase and Samantha and follow them through their journey, but along the way we meet many other character, including the future main characters of The Boy Most Likely To: Tim and Alice (yes I said Alice. Hatter was also excited about getting to know another Alice). While it is not necessary to read My Life Next Door first it might be helpful to keep track of the characters that take part in Tim’s story.
And speaking of Tim’s story, I would like to say that “reading” this book as an audio book was almost confusing. The author, Huntley Fitzpatrick, chose to offer up two different point of views. Each chapter would open up with either Tim or Alice to tell the reader who’s head they were in. In audiobook format this was signified by having a female and a male narrator. While this was helpful to differentiate the viewpoints the dialogue got a little lost at times.
As far as the story went the overall consensus was that it was well written and the characters were, for the most part well formed. The only exceptions to this is a character named Hester. I will not say Hester’s role in the story, since that has to do with the only significant plot twist in the entire story, but what I will say is that Hester’s character is not only horrible and annoying, but she is only half formed. I am fully aware that this is not Hester’s story, but she seemed more like a shadow or an after thought. Outside of this one character, the others were all well done. And although I would have liked a bit more fluidity in the writing throughout, this book accomplishes what it is meant to do: connect to reader’s emotionally and offer up an unfiltered teenage perspective. It is this “pull no punches” attitude toward sex, language, drugs, and alcohol that I find most refreshing as it is an uncommon approach to young adult contemporary fiction, which more often than not offers up a very filtered and, and for lack of a better world, fictionalized world.
Normally speaking I would have a physical copy or an ebook version that I would be reading, but this is my first foray into audio books. So instead, please check out the excerpt that the publisher has provided here.