Hi Everyone! It’s Becky, again. I kept hearing about the new book Most Likely by Sarah Watson and I decided I had to read it. I listened to the audiobook and here are my thoughts:
Title: Most Likely
Author: Most Likely
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Ava, C.J., Ava, Jordan, and Martha have been best friends since they were in kindergarten. Now, it is their senior year and they are each about to embark on a journey that will help them gain a better understanding of themselves. C.J. will discover the path to her future through a new volunteering experience, Ava will come to terms with a classmate that she had issues with since Freshman while trying to find her birth mother, Martha will try to find a way to pay for college while trying to define her sexuality and Jordan will find her passion as she tries to save a local playground. Each girl will grow into themselves and become stronger but only one will grow up to become the future President of the United States.
Review: The premise of this book was incredible but the actual execution was a little lacking for me. I loved the idea of following four strong girls during their senior filled with moments that lead to one of them becoming the President of the United States. This is a great idea but that’s not exactly the book we got. The book we got felt very much like a basic high school drama YA with a prologue and an epilogue that was linked to the vague president storyline. Watson went above and beyond to create a twist with a red herring that some may think is great but, to me, it was a little manipulative. The entire book is framed to lead the reader to one obvious conclusion, that honestly didn’t make sense and was a little frustrating to read, but then at the last second new information was presented to make everything come together in a different way that very neatly tied everything together. The way the book ended made sense and fit what I expected but I didn’t love how we got there. Also, I have to admit I was more than a little disappointed that within the first few pages our strong female President is worried about her clothing choice and her lip gloss. The focus on the characters’ accessories before she was even established as a smart and strong woman felt a little counterproductive to the point of the book. Now that I have finished that mini-rant, I have to admit there were some really great things in this book. Ava’s experience with depression and her coming to terms with her adoption was well done and honest. Also, Martha’s storyline about trying to understand her sexuality while examining the experience of LGBTQ people in the military was well done and presented information that teen readers may find useful. Plus, I loved the character of Wyatt. I’m not sure if I have ever read a book with a love interest who is wheelchair-bound and there need to be more books that feature love interest that helps change how that role is defined. It is the parts of the book not about the mystery of who grows up to be the leader of the free world that makes this book worth reading but instead the parts that fall into traditional YA lit themes which will make teen readers want to spend their time on the story of a group of friends as they come of age.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5
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