Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley FitzpatrickThe Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie, MacLeod Andrews
Length: 12 hrs, 31 mins
Series: My Life Next Door #2
Published by Listening Library on August 18, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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two-half-stars

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.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

Historically, I’ve been a HUGE fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s. She writes amazing characters and excels at writing ships that make me swoon. Obviously, I was over the moon about a companion to My Life Next Door, and I was so ready for Tim’s book. I preordered it and everything. But then Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) warned me that The Boy Most Likely To might not be a Christina book after all. The alarm bells began to klaxon and, when I found out why, I canceled my preorder. Without spoiling the book, all I can really say is that Gillian was right and this wasn’t a Christina book, though only partially because of the plot point that made her suspect I wouldn’t like it.

This review is going to take place mostly in spoiler tags, because this thing happens about a third of the way then that is totally what the book is about but which is a spoiler. I went in knowing about the spoiler, which prompted my pre-order canceling and my decision to try the audio instead because I was still curious. Personally, I think most readers would probably be better off knowing about the spoiler in advance, but I’ll leave that up to you. The short version: View Spoiler ».

Fitzpatrick definitely still has the gift of voice. Though I love Tim way more than Alice, I suspect the voices would have been just as distinct in print as they were with the two different narrators. In fact, I think the audiobook worked against me a little bit, since I didn’t like Alice’s narrator as much as Tim’s. Either way, though, Tim’s the real start of this show. It’s Tim’s book after all. Even the cover shows Tim in the light, more centered, and Alice off to the side a bit more in shadow.

That’s the first problem: it’s Tim’s book. You generally expect that a book with dual narration will have plot lines for both characters, but that’s not the case here. Alice tells a lot of the story, but she doesn’t really have much to do within it. Pretty much the only thing she has to do is decide whether or not to be with Tim; otherwise, her situation and personality remain fairly static. Being with Tim does change her a bit, but it’s not really plot. Tim, meanwhile, has the spoiler to deal with, which is pretty major.

I’m going to have a fair amount to say here that’s negative, but The Boy Most Likely To was engaging. Despite the spoiler which is not a topic Christina enjoys, I’d say it was hovering around a 3.5 until the plot took a turn that very much didn’t work for me. Tim is great, the writing is excellent, and how the spoiler plot goes down will really depend. And that’s all I can say without spoilers.

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The Boy Most Likely To ended up being my least favorite Fitzpatrick novel after all. Womp womp. Though the subject matter wasn’t my thing, I was really shocked by the problematic elements. It’s by no means a bad book because Fitzpatrick is a great writer, but I was mostly struck by how much better it could have been.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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2 responses to “Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick”

  1. Ooooh ouch. I was not the biggest fan of My Life Next Door, but I was still kind of hoping I could grow to like Fitzpatrick in another book, but THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK. I’m not touching this. I think my reaction would be the same, if not worse than yours. =/
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Yeahhhh, my favorite is What I Thought Was True, I think, but I’m not sure if it would be a Debby book either. I def wouldn’t recommend this one to you.

      This is one of those books that was really hard to rate. I may have been too nice, but I dunno.

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