Audiobook review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: The Boy Most Likely To
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews, Jorjeana Marie
Story rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 4 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

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.

MY THOUGHTS

I prefer to write my reviews as soon as I finish a book. But sometimes I don’t have time or I’m not in the mood to put my thoughts on paper. So I put the book and my notes aside for later. Most of the time my emotions deem, and my thoughts get quieter and quieter. And I end up not writing a review at all. However there are books that stay with me for a long time. The Boy Most Likely To is one of these books. I’ve read it more than three months ago, but my emotions are still fresh and I can’t say good-bye to these characters.

In truth I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I found both Tim and Alice interesting characters in My Life Next Door, but they weren’t my favorites, and I didn’t expect to love them. I also couldn’t imagine them as a couple. But their romance squeezed my heart. It was wonderfully sweet and touching.

And I fell in love with Tim. His voice is so genuine and fresh. He hides behind his jokes and flippant attitude, his charm is his armor; but he is so vulnerable.

Alice is another story. I finally understood what stood behind her actions. She hides behind her good looks and takes up too many responsibilities. It took me longer to warm up to her, but in the end I loved her too.

And of course Garretts… I adore this messy chaotic mob. Angie told in her review “I think I’ve been quietly missing the Garretts for the last three years.” And I feel the same way.

But I did have issues with this book. There were several unexpected events. While they trigger main characters’ growth, I wish that the author would do it differently.

My thoughts about the audiobook:

The audiobooks is narrated by my favorite narrator Jorjeana Marie. I love her voice and would listen to anything narrated by her. I’ve listened to several audiobooks narrated by her, and she brought the characters to life every time. She never became a narrator of one character. Unfortunately sometimes it happens. I was so impressed with Natalie Ross performance in Fever series, that her voice is Mac’s voice for me. Though, it’s definitely a personal thing.

MacLeod Andrews is a new to me narrator, and he is very good. I admit his voice wasn’t what I expected for Tim, and it took me some time to get used to MacLeod Andrews’ voice. But once I immersed in the story I couldn’t imagine Tim to sound differently.

The narration was really good and I highly recommend the audiobook.

The Boy Most Likely To is emotional and full of depth book about growing up, family, friendship and love. Though I would like the story progress differently, and I didn’t enjoy several plotlines I loved this book. And I can’t wait to read another book by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

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