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Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick

Friday, August 14, 2015

Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Posted by Irish in 4.5 Stars, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley FitzpatrickThe Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Series: My Life Next Door, Book 2
Also in this series: My Life Next Door
Published by Dial on 18 August 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Goodreads
four-half-stars
Also by this author: My Life Next Door, What I Thought Was True

Place(s) Traveled To: Stony Bay, Connecticut

First Line(s): I’ve been summoned to see the Nowhere Man.

 

I really don’t know where to begin on bringing my thoughts about THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO by Huntley Fitzpatrick as I just fell head over heels for this story. I first fell for Tim Mason when he made an appearance in MY LIFE NEXT DOOR (my review) and I was so happy when Fitzpatrick announced that he was getting his own story. But I was a bit wary as well as there were part of MY LIFE NEXT DOOR that I could have done without. I didn’t need to worry though because this book was such an amazing read that I found hard to put down once I started it. Tim’s story just made my heart ache and I just loved how he was with Alice. Though I could have done without the whole Brad storyline especially since it just felt so unresolved. There were things started that weren’t followed through on and it just seemed to have been forgotten about towards the end.

To say I had a lot of feelings for THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO is an understatement you just have to look at my Goodreads updates to see that I had a lot to say and that doesn’t even include all the notes and highlights that I made throughout my egalley. THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO just hit all the right notes for me. This book gave me ALL THE FEELS and I just wanted to reach into its pages and hug Tim a half dozen times over. I loved how he was with Alice and I mostly loved how their relationship progressed. I also loved the addition of the younger Garretts which says a lot because normally I’m pretty anti-children in books since they always seem so forced. The secondary characters were all delightful and I loved each and every one…well with the exception of Nan, Grace Reed, and Tim’s dad. Those characters I just wanted to shake and kick out of the story.

 

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THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO isn’t a perfect book but it was perfect for me during the time in which I read it. I loved the growth of Tim’s character from how he was at the start of MY LIFE NEXT DOOR. I loved how he stepped up and did the right thing even when there were questions on if it really was his responsibility or not. Though I do think that that part of the storyline was wrapped up a little too neatly for realism. But its a book and when you love a book you can forgive its flaws which is what I do with THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO. Oh all Fitzpatrick’s books this one is my favorite. I think it will always hold a special place in my heart for just how well Fitzpatrick dealt with a difficult issue and with how she portrayed Tim’s growth and maturity.

This is a book in which I’ll sing its praises to anyone who asks. Its one that you can read independently of MY LIFE NEXT DOOR as Fitzpatrick does do a good job of explaining what came before but to get the full picture it probably is best to read in order. I liked how there was no big WTF-ery in this one as I found with MY LIFE NEXT DOOR and I loved Alice’s strength when she was dealing with the vile Grace Reed. Oh how I disliked Grace Reed!! THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO is a fast paced read that you won’t want to put down. You’ll get sucked into its pages and just fall in love with this world and the Garretts all over again. This one is a must read so you should run write out and grab a copy of it today.

irishdarkblue

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four-half-stars
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: What I Thought Was True by Huntley FitzpatrickWhat I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Dial on 15 April 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: My Life Next Door, The Boy Most Likely To

Place(s) Traveled To: Stony Bay, Connecticut // Seashell Island, Connecticut

First Line(s): Nothing like a carful of boys to completely change my mood.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick is her follow up to My Life Next Door and while its not a direct sequel it can be classified as a companion as its set in the same area. Of the two books I did enjoy What I Thought Was True more but it wasn’t without its flaws. I do enjoy Fitzpatrick’s writing style and think that, for the most part, she weaves a good story. And I liked how this one didn’t have some random crazy event that happened as occurred in My Life Next Door. What I Thought Was True was more a character driven novel though it stuck mostly to the surface of things when it came to the big issues.

I enjoyed Gwen and Cassidy’s story and liked how Fitzpatrick wove their past and their present together. Things happened a few months ago that tore them apart before they were ever together and Gwen held on to that anger ever since. Though, as an outsider looking in, she did bring some of those events down onto herself with how she behaved with the boys in her life. Gwen wants nothing more then to leave Seashell Island and Stony Bay High and she puts this buffer around herself that no one can penetrate. Rather than try and have a meaningful relationship she tends to sleep around instead and then when there is some backlash of this she just shrugs and says that’s just how island girls are treated. Not to say that Gwen is promiscuous because she isn’t she just makes some poor choices when it comes to guys and that makes it hard for her to see when there is a good one standing in front of her.

This doesn’t absolve Cass in his role in the events of the past either because he really could have tried harder to explain his side of things. But he didn’t and he let Gwen believe the worst which wasn’t good for either of them.  As with many YA books a little bit of communication could have gone so far and yet because of their silence we got a book so its a real Catch-22 sort of situation. Surrounding Gwen and Cass are a fun group of side characters that I wish we’d had more time with. There was Gwen’s parents who where involved and crazed and dealing with real world things and I liked how that bled down to Gwen and her cousin Nico. So often parents think they shield and protect their kids from things but they know when something is up. I liked how they were present and flawed and that deep down they both had so much love for Gwen, Nico, and Emory.

Ah, Emory, Gwen’s younger brother was just filled with adorableness and not crazy annoying as most younger siblings are written in books. He was sweet and fun and I loved the scenes he was in. Just as I loved the scenes with Gwen and Nico. Though I didn’t really care much for Gwen’s BFF Vivian. For me, she was a very on the surface character and wasn’t around very much. When she was she was often hanging all over Nico, kissing him, and dragging him off to be alone. When she does something very surprising at the end it just seems so out of character for her and her speech to Gwen on how she judged her ugh…I just wanted to slap the girl. It was nice that she wasn’t a false BFF but she wasn’t a very good friend either. Nico was a better friend to Gwen than Vivian could ever dream.

What I Thought Was True was a quick story and I don’t think I wasted my time in reading it but its not one that I will ever rush to re-read. Its flawed and the characters sometimes bug me and it doesn’t give me those heart-achy feels that I like so much in a contemporary read. Its believable to a point but there are things that I don’t think would ever happen in real life. And many words were wasted in useless descriptions that could have been better used fleshing out some characters or situations. There were just so many various threads that were just sort of left dangling. The story was good but not great but a good way to spend a few hours at the beach with. While I didn’t love it I will be intereted to read any other stories that Fitzpatrick sets on Seashell Island and will most likely read her sequel to My Life Next Door (The Boy Most Likely To2015). Fitzpatrick has a nice prose to her storytelling and sometimes you just need that quick and easy read.

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Audio Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult6 Comments

Audio Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Series: My Life Next Door,
Also in this series: The Boy Most Likely To
Published by Tantor Audio on 25 March 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: What I Thought Was True, The Boy Most Likely To

Place(s) Traveled to: Stony Bay, Connecticut

First Line: The Garretts were forbidden from the start.

My Life Next Door Series Order
Book 1: My Life Next Door
Book 2: The Boy Most Likely To (2015)

Not long ago I was looking for a new audio to listen to that was also a contemporary read and any trusted friends on Twitter suggested Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door. But what sold me on getting this one was the narrator, Amy Rubinate, whose style I’ve grown to adore. As with the previous books I’ve listened to that were narrated by Rubinate I really enjoyed her style and think she did an excellent job in bringing Samantha Reed to life. Rubinate is great with the teen voice and does a good job with the male voices in this story for life. This was a book that I was glad to have listened to as I’m not sure what I would have thought of it if I’d read it in print. Because while My Life Next Door begins as a cute and fun contemporary romance there is this big shift in the middle that almost makes it seem like two different books.

I really loved the start of this book. I liked how Sam and Jase meet and start their relationship though I never fully understand Sam’s mothers hangups with the Garretts. I also didn’t like Sam’s mother very much. She is very judgmental and critical and even though Sam is the perfect daughter who always listens (well, up until she starts to hang out next door) and never gets into trouble all it takes is a minor infraction and she’s treating Sam like a dysfunctional teen. To me it doesn’t send a good message as people make mistakes, and the things that Sam does are very minor – especially compared to her’s mothers – but you wouldn’t know that to see her mother react.

I also had big issues with Nan, Sam’s so called BFF. All too often in books these days are these false best friends that are just horrible to the main character and yet the MC just takes it and makes up reasons. Nan is not a nice person. She’s horribly jealous and filled with issues and she just overreacts about everything. Yes, there were things that Sam should have told her but Nan wasn’t all that great with full disclosure either so she was definitely a character that I wish would just go away.

Sam herself was a bit wishy-washy as she tried to please everyone all of the time and never seemed to really do anything for herself. Her school, her jobs, and all her activities were dictated by her mother. When her mother wasn’t telling her what to do, Nan did. Then when Sam started to find her own voice both her mom and Nan reacted as if Sam had turned unibomber or something. It was just totally unrealistic that in some ways I don’t blame Sam for trying to keep her secrets. But on the other, you don’t have a secret boyfriend when its someone you claim to love. Jase is so sweet and open that he didn’t deserve that and I was glad when he called her on it. Though I do think that he was too passive when it came to her explanations.

Then there was that thing that happened about half way through the story that was all a bit over the top and contrived and totally changed the whole tone of the book. As if there weren’t enough issues happening in the story for the characters to deal with this was this. And it was this event where the book started to lose me. As I said it was over the top and it just seemed like I’d entered an entirely new book. And then the outcome? That was rushed and so unrealistic. I often found myself rolling my eyes and talking to my radio saying that you never happen.

Now, it seems like I may have hated this book but I didn’t. Yes I had some issues but there were bright points and they came from Jase and Tim. Tim was such a surprise and out of all the characters he is the one that had the most growth. Tim is Nan’s brother and at first he just seems like this drug addicted loser but then by the end he is one of the most lovable characters of them all. He makes mistakes, owns up to them and really tries to change. He is this books biggest success story and I would love to see a companion novel for him. Jase too was always a bright light. He is just this really sweet and amazing person and while there were times where I thought he was too accepting of things he was a genuinely nice person. Jase was really good for Sam and loved their relationship.

My Life Next Door is an okay story and one that I don’t feel like I wasted time in listening too it. Amy Rubinate helped to keep me engaged and listening until the end. She’s a fantastic narrator that puts just the right amount of emphasis at just the right time. While I may not have liked some of the events that happened in this story I did like Fitzpatrick’s writing style. Huntley Fitzpatrick is an author that I will be reading more of in the future. I just hope that her next book has characters that I like a bit more.

three-stars
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