The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by: Electric Monkey
Format: ARC e-book
If Non Pratt was my author of the year in 2015, then Huntley Fitzpatrick is definitely in the running for my favourite of 2016. Although I haven’t given any of her books a full 5 star rating, I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve spent reading them. There’s something about her style that’s so easy to read and puts me in a pleasant mood. I’m actually sad to have read all of her books before the summer, but it just meant the summer came to me a little sooner!
P L O T
The Boy Most Likely To is a companion novel to My Life Next Door, as it focuses on Tim, Nan’s brother, and Alice, Jace’s sister, as they eventually realise the feelings they have towards each other are real. Both are dealing with struggles: Alice’s dad is recovering from his accident and there’s a lot of pressure on her to keep it together for her family. Plus, she’s just dumped her boyfriend who she wasn’t sure she loved. Tim is recovering from everything he did in My Life Next Door, while also being told he’s the father of a baby he didn’t know existed. It’s a lot to handle!
The story is told from joint first person perspectives of both Tim and Alice.
Even though each topic was extremely heavy, and Huntley dealt with conversations about sex and sex itself with the same sense of reality that I loved in My Life Next Door, I found the plot to be a little predictable. My expectations were met, subverted and then met again. In other words, it didn’t do anything to surprise me.
C H A R A C T E R
Tim – He was really prominent in MLND and definitely a stand out character of that book. He was smoking cigarette, doing drugs and generally being a bad influence for Sam. In this book, you can immediately see character development. Tim begins to think outside of himself, and how what he does affects those around him. He became sweet, caring and genuine, and I really enjoyed reading his transition from douche to all-around-great-guy.
Alice – Having the light shine on a different Garrett sibling was extremely fun. The family was so individual in the first book, and Alice felt a little distant, just the responsible older sister, but just like Tim, you really get to see another, more vulnerable, side to her. I got the feeling that Alice was someone who could deal with a lot of things on her plate, and Tim wasn’t a dish she was expecting! The combination of the two characters, who seemed as different as night and day, was cute to watch unfold.
T H E M E S
I think TBMLT dealt a lot with personal struggle, and how to handle your own issues. Although romance did play a part in it, I’d say it was the least romantic of all Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books. It was more about character growth, and watching characters react to difficult situations, like a child landing on their doorstep, for one!
And, of course, another was family. I loved seeing the Garrett family for a second time, and how families can come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they’re not there for you the way you want them to be. There was a real contrast between all the adult characters in the book, that said. And sometimes, family are the only people you can trust. Reading this book felt like I was apart of the support system and I very much enjoyed that.
V E R D I C T
While it didn’t surprise me, and I ended up predicting the outcomes of the situations, I still enjoyed reading it. I would have liked more cameos from Sam and Jase, but having the story be focused on Alice and Tim was not a problem! It was a different relationship dynamic, and I can’t wait to read about the next couple Huntley Fitzpatrick conjures up! Overall, TBMLT gets 3.5 stars. Enjoyable, if a little dragged out at nearly 500 pages! Would definitely recommend if you enjoyed My Life Next Door!