Ever since I finished reading My Life Next Door, I’ve mourned the absence of the Garretts. That loveable, boisterous family is addictive! I was so excited for Tim and Alice’s story in The Boy Most Likely To and definitely looking forward to more entertaining exchanges between the Garrett kids. This book picks up where we left off and treats the reader to the dual POVs of Tim and Alice. I love Alice – it’s so fun being inside her head. Her loyalty to her family and all that ferocity in such a small package makes her so easy to admire. Her bond with Jase is beautiful, and this moment especially touched my heart:
“But Jase and I have been tight ever since Dad drove Joel and me to the hospital to pick up Mom and the newborn Jase for the first time. In an attempt to stave off jealousy, as the story goes, she put him in my arms and said, ‘Here’s your baby.’ I believed her.”
Alice has a plate full with school, pitching in to take care of her family, and being consumed with worry for her dad. Can she really take on Tim Mason and all his problems, too?
Tim. Oh, Tim. I’ve been smitten with him since the first book – even before he got his act together – and more so now that he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. It’s easy to forgive all his transgressions, and you can’t help but feel compassion for the guy when you get a closer look inside his family dynamics. I want to hug him while I smack his folks. Never has it rang truer than here that you don’t have to share DNA to find family. The Garretts are so good for Tim, but what about those not-so-familial feelings he has for oldest daughter Alice? When Tim gets the most unexpected kind of news, will his recovery be short-lived? Or has he finally found someone that pushes him to be the man he didn’t know he could be?
I was so pleased that this story started where it did, providing closure on things that transpired in the first book. And I also loved that even with the much loved characters from book one, this is still Tim and Alice’s story. The writing is captivating and entertaining, full of so many heart-warming moments. I can never get enough of little George, and his anxiety makes me want to give him all the snuggles… but baby Patsy was the scene stealer in this book. That kid cracks me up! Her love for her ’Hon’ was precious.
“Not only has the baby escaped her crib, she’s also peeled off her clothes, and her diaper. She must have gone looking for me in my room, opened my closet to find the overflowing wicker basket I keep there. Stark naked, except for one of my black thongs dangling from her neck, a flowered push-up bra draped across her pale little chest like a Miss America sash, and a bright red lacy garter belt perched in her fluffy hair like a tiara, hanging across one big brown eye. … Tim scoops her up. ‘You, Patricia Garrett, are my kind of girl.’”
This is an amazing companion novel to My Life Next Door, and I don’t ever want this series to end. Tim Mason may have been voted “The Boy Most Likely To need a liver transplant, find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, drive his car into a house,” etc. But he’s also The Boy Most Likely To prove them all wrong… and The Boy Most Likely To win your heart.
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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