Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

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.

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4 Stars for Tim. 2 Stars for Alice. So I guess 3 stars overall.

This was a book I’d been looking forward to ever since I heard it was going to happen. Though I had my issues with My Life Next Door, it was so cute and I liked Tim and I was ready for more. After the reviews came out, though, I started to be not so interested. Most of the reviews were good, don’t get me wrong, but they all said the same thing – this isn’t the cute romance we were all expecting. It has heavier themes and the romance is more of a side plot. I decided to read it anyways and did end up liking it more than I thought I would, but not as much as I wanted to.

We get both Alice and Tim’s 1st Person POV, which is a style I like. Unfortunately their voices sounded almost exactly the same. It usually wasn’t an issue, though, since they spent so much time in their own storylines, but there was a few times when they were together that I got confused on which perspective I was getting.

I really loved almost everything with Tim. I thought a certain plotline was going to annoy the crap out of me, but it actually ended up (mostly) working for me. More on this a little later. Alice, though was a different story. I felt like she had a lot of storylines and none of them were really well developed. Trouble with an ex-boyfriend that never gets resolved. Issues with Sam’s mother that’s taken care of a little too easily. Something about nursing school? I felt like maybe Fitzpatrick didn’t know what to do with Alice so she kept adding stuff to her plate and then kind of leaving it there. I think this book actually would have worked much better if it was just Tim’s perspective.

The romance between Tim and Alice is not anywhere near as cute as it was with Jase and Sam. I really liked their friendship and once they became an actual couple they were steady and strong. But all the cuteness I wanted in between was missing. And everything seemed so out of the blue. When Alice asks Tim out it’s basically out of nowhere. The same thing when they have their first kiss. It was just hard to really feel the chemistry between them and it was one of the weaker parts of the story for me.

I liked seeing the Garrets again, but I would have liked more Jase and Sam. And more George. This time around Patsy is the adorable youngster we get the most time with and I did like her.

***SPOILER TIME***

My first guess when I read “Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him” was that he would have a surprise kid. And surprise! I was right. I actually found out from a spoiler review before I read the book, but I didn’t really feel spoiled because that’s what I thought anyways. It was also my suspicion that the kid wouldn’t really be his. Which was really reinforced by the first conversations Tim has with Hester. I was so annoyed at Tim for not questioning it at all or getting a paternity test. I think he still could’ve stepped up with Calvin, while waiting for the paternity test to come back. Also, from the moment it’s mentioned that Tim’s AA friend Jake has a partner and they want a kid, I knew that Calvin would end up with them. Even though I ended up liking how Tim grew up through his time with Cal, the whole arc was just so cliché.

***END OF SPOILER***

Overall, I did enjoy The Boy Most Likely To. It wasn’t what I initially thought it would be, but that’s ok. I really enjoyed reading Tim’s parts and while I liked Alice, I would have been fine not getting her perspective. I would still recommend this to fans of My Life Next Door, as long as they go into knowing it’s not Sam & Jase 2.0.

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3 stars

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Find Me Book Tag

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So I was tagged for this forever ago by BookLoversBlog. Basically this tag involved finding books from my bookshelves which fit the prompts offered. I did as many as I could in hard copies so you can see the pretty colors, but most of my books are on my Nook, so some of them are less than stellar graphics. Enjoy!

1. A Book With A Sunset: Get to Me by Lara Van Hulzen

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2. A Book With Water: Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot

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3. A Book With A Flower: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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4. A Book With A Heart: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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5. A Book With Gone in the title: Gone Missing by Linda Castillo

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6. A Book With a Moon: New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (Yes I cheated on this one!)

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7. A Book With A Weapon: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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8. A Book With a Girl in a White Dress: Soul Screamers: Volume One by Rachel Vincent

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9. A Book with a Couple Kissing: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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10. A Book with Headphones: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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So that was fun! I tag anyone who would like to participate!

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get. I thought this would be the easiest top ten list ever for me to do, but going through my TBR list, a lot of my favorite series finished this year or last year. However, there are still plenty of sequels to look forward to!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

1. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer. January 27, 2015.

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

2. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Meade. February 10, 2015.

3. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han. (No cover yet!!) April 21, 2015.

4. The Bone Season #3 by Samantha Shannon – No cover, title, or release day yet! But I recently just finished The Mime Order and I’m dyyyying for the next one!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

5. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Boys #3) by Maggie Stiefvater. October 21, 2014. This is already out, but I still haven’t read it yet!

The Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld, #2)

6. The Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld #2) by Skylar Dorset. December 2, 2014.

Invaded (Alienated, #2)

7. Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers. February 3, 2015.

8. The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door #2) by Huntley Fitpatrick. No cover or release date yet!

9. After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7) by Linda Castillo. No cover yet! July 14, 2015.

Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)

10. Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5) by Dani Pettrey. February 3, 2015.

What sequels are you looking forward to?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I read because of the Blogging Community

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is a freebie week where we can pick our own topic. I’ve decided to go with the Top Ten Books I read because of the Blogging Community. Perhaps my favorite thing about blogging is all the books I’ve discovered from reading other blogs. I wish I could remember who the blogger was that made me read these books, but I just can’t remember. So know, whoever you are, I thank you.

The Night Circus

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)  Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2)

2 & 3. Unspoken and Untold (The Lynburn Legacy) by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

4. The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

5. Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo.

Storm (Elemental, #1)

6. The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer.

The Fault in Our Stars

7. The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

8. Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)

9. The Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)

10. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

What books have other bloggers inspired you to read????

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: REWIND: Books I’d love to see as a tv show or movie

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is a Rewind where we can pick from previous topics that we want to do again or may have missed. I’ve decided to go with the topic from 9/10/13 – Books I’d love to see as a tv show or movie.

1. Mind Games by Kiersten White.

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

How fun would this be? Mystery, supernatural, family, romance. And my favorite crazy, Fia!

2. Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer.

Storm (Elemental, #1)

The four Merrick brothers on my tv screen every week? Yes, please.

3.  Runner by Patrick Lee

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A Sam Dryden series? It could help fill the void in my life Jack Bauer left when 24 ended. (Though that’s coming back as a mini series!!!!)

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

Who wouldn’t love to see these great characters come to life? This could be one cultish hit on the Sci-Fi network.

5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Thorne, Kai, Wolf, Levana. Enough said.

6. The O’Malley series by Dee Henderson

The Negotiator (O'Malley, #1)

A faith-based crime show with great characters.

7. A Lifetime movie series of Kristan Higgins books. So fun.

The Best Man (Blue Heron #1)

8. Basically any book by Linwood Barclay.

Fear the Worst

9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)

Lots of great characters, sweet romance, political intrigue.

10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Bringing anything by Rainbow Rowell to life would be amazing.