Book Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

June 9, 2016 Book review 12 ★★★★

Huntley Fitzpatrick has a way of making characters spring to life and set you firmly on their side. They aren’t perfect, they mess up and continue to mess up but as well as that they grow in front of your eyes until you are smiling with pride for just how far they’ve come.

 

Book Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley FitzpatrickThe Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Electric Monkey on June 9th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Love & Romance, YA Contemporary
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the drinks 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 . . .

ARC REVIEW Refreshing Romance swoon!

 

First Line of The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick:

 

“I’ve been summoned to see the Nowhere Man.”

 

My Thoughts on The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick:

I really enjoyed the struggles, the unexpected life twists and the feisty characters in this book. Tim is a reformed alcoholic but his parents fail to see how much progress he has made to achieve this. And major cliché warning for absent parent syndrome as they are not just absent, they throw Tim out.

He moves in to an apartment at the Garretts and sparks fly between himself and Alice Garrett. He is everything Alice doesn’t want her life but she falls for him anyway. The romance between them was quirky, feisty, funny and rock solid. I loved how different they were but how they brought out the best in each other. There was insta-sparks but it never felt like insta-love to me.

On top of that a huge curveball was thrown into Tim’s life and this played a huge part in my enjoyment of the novel. It also led to all kinds of confused feelings for me by the end of the book; I found it hard to get my head/heart around just what played out. So I empathised with how torn Tim was.

All the side characters (especially the younger Garretts) are a lot of fun. I am in love with that family and love how messy and chaotic their house is. There isn’t much money but there is bundles of love and consideration for everyone. The total opposite to Tim’s family who are AWFUL. Except his twin Nan, she is intriguing; I can’t wait to read her story.

Overall I really loved this one. The last book I read by Huntley Fitzpatrick – My Life Next Door – was one I gave 5 stars to. And for a lot of this book, I thought The Boy Most Likely To would be the same but it didn’t quite make it. Still a great read though if you love contemporary romances that are both romantic and realistic.

 

Rating Report
Characters
five-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Pace
three-half-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

 

Who should read The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick:

I’d highly recommend this book (and My Life Next Door) to you if you like contemporary romantic YA novels with excellent character development and cute romances. Fans of authors such as Katie McGarry, Morgan Matson and Jessi Kirby should also enjoy.

Thanks to NetGalley and Egmont UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

four-stars

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12 Responses to “Book Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’ve been reading more YA lately and Huntley Fitzpatrick is an author that’s on my short list. I do like the sound of this one and I really love characters who bring out the best in each other. Plus it’s always so wonderful to watch characters grow. This sounds like a good one to reach for next time I want a warm and fuzzy read.
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Haunted Destiny – Review

    • trish

      The characters just make these books Katherine, I love how relatable they feel. Perfect for that warm, fuzzy read 🙂

  2. Mystica

    I’ve not read any YA novels so I wouldn’t know what to do with this one but the story in itself sounds like an interesting one. I wonder where it takes both of them.

    • trish

      I love YA books and if you ever want to check one out a contemporary YA novel, this is a good place to start!

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Ahhh I’m SO glad this is good!! It’s actually on my list to buy next and I’m super excited *dances happily* I LOVED THE GARRETTS AND I NEED MORE OF THEM IN MY LIFE. And I quite liked Tim by the end of My Life Next Door and I do want to see what he does next. :’) I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS NOW AHHHHH.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    • trish

      I wasn’t sure about Tim at all in My Life Next Door but I’m firmly Team Tim now! And I want the Garretts to adopt me (oh right I’m a grown woman, awkward!).

    • trish

      I think you’ll love both books Grace! They are really character driven but also explore some intense issues so they are more than just a fluffy read. Enjoy!

  4. Lola

    I love these type of romances where the characters are so differently, but bring out the best in each other. It’s great when an author can really make the characters come alive like that. Great review!
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