(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Speak on August 18, 2015
Genres: Family, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door
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.
Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.
Who is Tim Mason? Well, he’s the boy most likely to ruin his life in some way or another. But now Tim is trying to get sober, to be the man his father is demanding he be. Alice Garrett is not the girl most likely to date her baby brother’s best friend, but there’s something about Tim that keeps drawing her in. Tim has a past, though, and when it comes back to bite him, Alice knows she needs to stay as far away as possible. Not only is she working hard at her nursing degree, but she’s trying to keep a semblance of normal in the Garrett household after disaster struck this past summer. Falling is not the issue with this couple—it’s learning to get back up and start again.
My Life Next Door was probably one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, thus far. I fell in love with the Garretts, and almost died when I heard this book would soon be sitting pretty in bookstores. Tim was the character in Fitzpartick’s first book that grew on you. At first I didn’t particularly care for him, but he snuck his way into my heart. So, basically, she could do no wrong by giving Tim his own book, to see what happened after Jase and Sam got a happily ever after.
Dual perspectives might be one of my favorite ways to read a book. I got to look at the story from two sets of eyes. Tim and Alice had such unique voices that the only way to enjoy this story was to read it this way, in my opinion. When the voice switched mid-scene, something new to me, I had to get used to it but started to enjoy it. Fitzpatrick has—it’s evident in her other books as well—a particular way of expressing certain personalities. It was one of the best things about this book—the characters’ good and bad qualities were out in the open, completely raw and exposed.
I loved Jase Garrett. I wanted to wrap him up in neat packaging and have him as a present I can open at any time I please. Tim was not Jase. Whereas, if you read My Life Next Door, you’ll want your own Jase, Tim was the guy who you’d want as a best friend. He and Alice were so perfect for one another, it’s one of those things that you wouldn’t want to end any other way. Alice and Tim both didn’t know how to let people in, to expose the people they really were behind impervious facades. That being said, if you want a spunky, family supportive lead, go no further than Alice Garrett. Even if you can’t relate to her, you’ll understand her in a way that only expertly written characters can achieve.
Tim’s scandal was what made this book. The messes that he got himself in couldn’t get much more risqué, and then Fitzpartick threw in the unexpected. To see him mature and change from the boy that I met in the first book was magical. Even if his father hadn’t seen a change in him, there’s no denying that his character went through some serious growth.
Since there are eight Garrett children, almost nine, does that mean I have hope for more books? I pray that be the case. I didn’t get as much George in this book, but the few scenes with him were just as hilarious as the first time I met him. Andy had more of a presence in this book, since Alice is her older sister, and I would love to hear more about her. The other kids were as uniquely Garrett as it comes, and they will forever be one of my favorite families.
If you don’t already have My Life Next Door on your shelves, go crank your car and drive to the bookstore—now. While you’re there, make sure to pick up Tim’s story, because this family will latch onto your heart in an unexpected way. The Boy Most Likely To could easily be read by adults and teens—a story of heart and self-sacrifice, you’ll get caught up in everything good this book has to offer.