There’s something about Huntley Fitzpatrick’s covers and titles that make me stop at a shelf, pick them up, turn them over and draws me in (Yes, I do judge a book by its cover). I fought long and hard to NOT read her books. I can’t even give you a good enough reason why. I picked up The Boy Next Door so many times in Barnes and Noble I lost count. Then, one (probably payday) I did. I stood tall and took that book to the register determined for it to come home with me and then the addiction began. I love that when I read a Fitzpatrick book I don’t get the feeling of reading “just another book”. It feels like literature. Her writing ebbs and flows with a grace that not all writers are talented enough to posses and it continuously brings me back to the emotion of coveting whatever her next book will be.
I paid $17.99 for the hardback of The Boy Most Likely to because I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I love that her books are so good I never regret the purchase to have it sitting on my book shelf instead of my kindle. So I can look at it and relive all those emotions that were caused at the end of her fingertips from each typed letter.
The Boy Most Likely To is a story about redemption and self discovery. It’s about realizing that everyone deserves second chances. That there is so much more to a “screw up kid” than just how they mess up. Each chapter describes the evolution of a hurt boy who grows into a great man. There were many moments in this book I didn’t really see coming. It made me question myself, my knowledge as a reader and what I thought about situations that any of us could find ourselves in. My favorite thing about The Boy Most Likely To is that it not only gave me hope but it also teaches that there are two sides to every story and that love can be found in the most unlikely of places. And maybe the title leads its reader to believe it’s a story about a boy but this novel is so much more than that. There’s a family dynamic that is just so hard to come by in books today that when you read it you feel warm and home. For a moment, I longed for the smell of a newborn baby and missed the reality of making bottles and changing diapers as my own kids are long out of those stages. I wanted a chaotic household of six kids with a toy scattered front yard. This book did THAT. There were so many emotions evoked when I finished it, I felt a little lost without Tim and Alice in my life. I enjoyed every word of this book and know that Huntley Fitzpatrick will be an author I will enjoy for years to come and when the time is right, share with my daughter. This book is incredibly moving and I cannot wait for what she has to come.
I do recommend reading My Life Next Door before The Boy Most Likely To. Although it does follow a different set of characters it is intimately connected to the kids from My Life Next Door and is a continuation of a lot of the events that happened in that book. You could get away with not doing so but My Life Next Door is such a great book itself it’s not one you want to miss.
If you’re a YA fan, don’t miss out on the opportunity to read The Boy Most Likely To. If you’re not a YA fan, this just might be the book to change your mind.
“You make breakfast, you make time, you make the team. Love? Not so much. But I get it now. Like making fire. Not rubbing two sticks together to pull something out of thin air. More like finally being able, knowing enough, to warm your hands at something you built, stick by stick.”
Typing that out just made me cry all over again.
Read this book, y’all.
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