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The Boy Most Likely To

af Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Romance. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:The romantic companion to My Life Next Doorgreat 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 brothers baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldnt 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.

Told in Tims and Alices distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.
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Tim, the boy who only knows how to be a screw up, is trying hard to turn it around. He's in AA, studying for his GED, and getting away from his toxic family. But that doesn't mean he's ready to forgive himself for all those mistakes. No one's harder on Tim than Tim.

Now that he's living in the Garrett's garage apartment, it puts him in close proximity to Alice. He knows falling for Alice will most likely end badly for him, but when did that ever stop him before? Alice can't believe she might actually like her younger brother's friend. She's been perfectly content going through a stream of guys who let her walk all over them. But there's something about Tim that makes her want to put herself out there....

Then Tim's road to staying sober gets majorly tested when something from the past comes back to haunt him.


My Thoughts:
Huntley Fitzpatrick writes books that make me feel like I'm not even reading. There's just something about the way she tells stories, that I feel like I'm right there in the scenes. Not many authors can make me feel like that. She's truly a talent.

I was SO excited to get right back into the Garrett family. I mean, there's Jase with his hotness, Andi with her TMI, awkward, excessive questions, George with all his random facts and fears, and Patsy and her adorable Tim obsession. How can you not love these people?? As much as I could NEVER handle a family that large, it still warms my heart to read about such a close-knit, honest, chaotic family. I loved how they're not only there for their own, but they manage to give as much to friends like Tim and Sam as well.

I wish, wish, wish I could talk more about what this book is about!! I mean the entire book is really about this one giant thing that happens to Tim... but I think telling you would be a spoiler :( It's not mentioned in the synopsis, so I guess I can't go there, which basically sucks all the TALK out of my review. Tim and Alice are cute, of course, but this book isn't actually about that. That is a side thing going on while this big LIFE thing is happening with Tim. But since I can talk about Alice & Tim, I will. I liked that Alice had a mini-journey (internally) to go on, but I didn't really think she needed to be a narrator in this book. The narration switches back-and-forth from Tim to Alice, but I feel like her story could have easily been told through Tim and the book would have been stronger if it was. I didn't mind her parts, but I just didn't think her inner dialogue was necessary.

I know a lot of people have not been a fan of the situation that comes up for Tim, but I didn't mind it. I thought it brought something new to the YA table... I just didn't care for the way the ending went. It was too... something. It wasn't a HEA exactly, but I did feel a little like things went a tad unbelievable as the end neared.

I don't think I liked this book as much as [b:My Life Next Door|12294652|My Life Next Door|Huntley Fitzpatrick|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1394240144s/12294652.jpg|17271423]. Jase and Sam were just too darn cute to be taken down by Tim and Alice... but I still really really really liked this book. In the midst of a dreadful reading slump, this was able to suck me in and keep me reading... and that's saying a lot!! I also adore the Garretts and would love any excuse to read about them!

NOTE: I know this is supposed to be a standalone, but if you ask me, I think you need to read [b:My Life Next Door|12294652|My Life Next Door|Huntley Fitzpatrick|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1394240144s/12294652.jpg|17271423] first. There's a lot of talk about events that happened in MLND without much recapping at all. I know I would've been super confused reading about Mr. Garrett's accident and Jase and Sam because neither situation is really explained well.

OVERALL: YES!! So glad that the Garretts were back in my life. I didn't like this book as much as My Life Next Door, but that's only because Jase and Sam were so ridiculously cute. Almost no one could overtake my love for them. I enjoyed Tim's complicated story, but didn't love love the ending. I will read everything that Huntley Fitzpatrick writes because it is so addicting and magical.... and so should you!!

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  Michelle_PPDB | Mar 18, 2023 |
I loved this book. The characters were fully developed and real. Although the subject matter was serious, there was enough humor to keep it from being overwhelming. I particularly enjoyed Patsy's infatuation with Tim. ( )
  tsmom1219 | Feb 24, 2022 |
UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I feel better now.

Please note that if you have not read "My Life Next Door" you will be spoiled by this review.

So I liked the first book in this series and read it two summers ago. I was hoping for more of the same, but think the book suffered from having two perspectives (Alice and Tim) and not making me believe at all that these two were good for each other or were so in lust with each other.

Picking up I believe just a couple of days after the end of "My Life Next Door" we have 19 year old Alice Garrett trying to do her best to mother/juggle all of her siblings while her mother tries to rest up (pregnant again) and deal with the fact that her father is still hospitalized after being in a hit and run accident.

Tim Mason who at 17 is trying to put his life back together after being kicked out of boarding school for the umpteenth time and being heavily into drugs and alcohol for years. He is close friends with Jase Garrett and Samantha Reed (My Life Next Door) who helped him get a job and now Jase has offered his family's garage apartment after his father throws down an ultimatum about him needing to get his life together by December, or he is cut off financially for good.

Tim finds himself drawn to Alice (or Hot Alice as he calls her throughout the damn book) and Alice finds herself thinking of Tim for no good reason that I can see. I had a real problem with the fact that Alice and Tim are both in different places in their lives and no one acknowledging that for the most part, 17 and 19 year old kids who have as much as these two have going on, should not be running around pledging undying love to each other after a hot minute. I got Jase and Samantha's relationship a lot better in the first book, and it made sense. I really don't get any sense of togetherness or understanding by Alice for Tim or Tim for Alice.

The secondary characters don't get any chance to shine in this book like they did in the first one. We get glimpses of Jase and Samantha and some dialogue here and there by them, Nan, and Samantha's mother, but that's about it. The Garret kids as a whole get a lot more exploration which I did appreciate this time through. Last time we only got Samantha's perspective on them all. I really wish we could have looked at Samantha's mom a lot harder, she went from being a real person to me from book #1 to a cartoon villain in book #2. Her entire plot point was unnecessary and can I say just plain stupid? It was.

The narrative shifts between Alice and Tim throughout the entire book. I honestly liked Alice's sections more because you realize that there is a reason why in Alice's mind she dresses and acts the way that she does. And you feel for her for being resentful of the fact that she is forced to take care of things for everyone while her older brother is off at the police academy and her mom seems to do a lot of sleeping and grocery shopping.

Tim's narratives still show for the most part his selfishness that he has about pretty much everyone. And can I say that I don't get why Tim or his twin sister Nan are the way they are. Their parents were not abusive verbally or physically. They both are just being hampered by expectations that I think most kids are today, do well and be good. Tim turning to drugs, alcohol, and sex was too random for me. There's a pretty big plot dealing with Tim in this book, I won't get into here since I don't want to spoil. But I had a really hard time with it and I hated how Tim acted/hid things too.

I can say the flow really didn't work at all. I wish that Ms. Fitzpatrick had either focused on Alice or Tim for the whole book since going back and forth didn't work for me at all.

The ending was a snooze to me and I just felt letdown in the end. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
In Huntley Fitzpatrick's latest release, seventeen year old Tim Mason is The Boy Most Likely To utterly and completely steal readers' hearts. In this long-awaited companion to My Life Next Door, the wryly humorous Tim is clean and sober and trying to get his life back on track when someone from his past drops a bombshell in his lap. For the first time in his life, he is trying to do the right thing, but in doing so, will Tim jeopardize his future plans and his tenuous relationship with Alice Garrett?

Tim is used to being the family screw up so it is no surprise when his cold and distant father issues an ultimatum just as he moving out. Either he clean up his act for good by his eighteenth birthday or his father will yank all financial support including his college fund. When Tim's original living arrangements fall through, his best friend Jase offers to let him move in the apartment over the Garrett garage. Tim is finally making progress with his sobriety and pursuing his GED when shocking news completely and totally upends his life.

Tim is easygoing and laidback and one of his defense mechanism is hiding his insecurities behind self-deprecating humor. The people in his life expect the worst of him and unfortunately, he has made so many mistakes, he is convinced he can nothing right. Tim is used to taking care of himself and he is quickly overwhelmed when his wild days come back to haunt him. While it takes a good part of the novel, he finally begins to realize he deserves to be judged on who he is now, not his previous behavior. He also begins to understand that he cannot do everything on his own and he accepts help when it is offered to him. However, the biggest change for Tim is accepting responsibility for his actions instead of using drugs or alcohol to escape from his problems.

Alice is beyond furious when she discovers Tim is moving into her apartment but when she learns the reason why, she is instantly sympathetic to his plight. However, she is not planning on taking care of his messes since she is already taking care of her siblings while her dad continues recovering from the injuries sustained in a hit and run accident a month earlier. Unbeknownst to the rest of the family, she has willingly put her college plans on hold until he is back on his feet. However she is barely keeping up with family's hectic schedule and college when Alice is overwhelmed by stunning news about the family's increasingly precarious finances.

Alice initially has a difficult time viewing Tim as anything but her younger brother's messed up friend, but a surprising friendship begins to form between them. Tim is quite flirtatious and in the beginning, their interactions are an amusing series of come-ons from Tim which Alice mercilessly rejects. The transition from friends to something deeper is slow and they suffer a few misunderstandings and miscommunications along the way. Alice is quick to misjudge Tim and he just as easily jumps to conclusions about her reactions to the unexpected complications in his life but they resolve their conflicts fairly swiftly.

Although written from both Alice and Tim's points of view, The Boy Most Likely To is primarily Tim's story and the growth of his character is absolutely phenomenal. He has to go through some very difficult situations and it is immensely gratifying watching him discover the inner strength to do what is right despite the hardship he is facing. There is a great deal of depth to Alice's character and it is quite rewarding seeing her loosen up and expose the vulnerabilities she hides behind her tough, control freak exterior. The romance between Tim and Alice is very sweet and despite their previous experiences, it is really the first meaningful relationship for both of them.

The Boy Most Likely To is a truly captivating novel that is heartfelt and engaging. The characters are beautifully developed and though flawed, they are sympathetic and easy to relate to. The story is exceptionally well-written with a realistic plot and Huntley Fitzpatrick deftly balances real life problems with humor and compassion. All in all, a heartwarming and poignant young adult novel that I highly recommend to readers of all ages. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
The switch in perspectives between the two characters was really off. After a while I just went with it. Who really needs to know where the main characters are? On the beach, in a house, in a tent- it was all the same after a while. It's a suspend disbelief type of story that you just have to enjoy for what it is. ( )
  Dasha_A | Jun 8, 2019 |
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Romance. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:The romantic companion to My Life Next Doorgreat 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 brothers baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldnt 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.

Told in Tims and Alices distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

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