Most Likely (Most Likely #1)
From the creator of the hit TV series The Bold Type comes an empowering and heartfelt novel about a future female president's senior year of high school. Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in alphabetical order out of fairness) have been friends since kindergarten. Now they're in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But there's more than just college on the horizon. One of these girls is destined to become the president of the United States. The mystery, of course, is which girl gets the gig. Is it Ava, the picture-perfect artist who's secretly struggling to figure out where she belongs? Or could it be CJ, the one who's got everything figured out...except how to fix her terrible SAT scores? Maybe it's Jordan, the group's resident journalist, who knows she's ready for more than their small Ohio suburb can offer. And don't overlook Martha, who will have to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of her dreams. This is the story of four best friends who have one another's backs through every new love, breakup, stumble, and success--proving that great friendships can help young women achieve anything...even a seat in the Oval Office.

Most Likely (Most Likely #1) Details

TitleMost Likely (Most Likely #1)
Author
ReleaseMar 10th, 2020
PublisherPoppy
ISBN-139780316454834
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Feminism

Most Likely (Most Likely #1) Review

  • Regan
    January 1, 1970
    What a charming read! Also had a really interesting mystery woven into a wonderful tale about friendship
  • Cristina Monica
    January 1, 1970
    This is an empowering YA coming-of-age story about four different close female friends who are each dealing with their own independent life situations while still supporting one another to the best of their abilities. If you’ve watched The Bold Type – a feminist TV series created by this author – you know exactly what I’m talking about and you will love this to bits. Ava is digging into her family history. CJ is trying to improve her grades to be accepted to her first choice university. Jordan i This is an empowering YA coming-of-age story about four different close female friends who are each dealing with their own independent life situations while still supporting one another to the best of their abilities. If you’ve watched The Bold Type – a feminist TV series created by this author – you know exactly what I’m talking about and you will love this to bits. Ava is digging into her family history. CJ is trying to improve her grades to be accepted to her first choice university. Jordan is investigating the planned destruction of a park that is of importance to her community. Martha is dealing with financial issues linked to her education. None of them have it easy. All of them must overcome difficulties. Thank goodness they have each other.It’s one of those stories that you read because the characters face obstacles that are very relatable, and even if you, yourself, have never had to deal with anything like that before, you can feel how much the four girls are affected by them and want to see them succeed. At least, I did. And I was touched by each girl’s willingness to be there for one another. Just like in Sutton, Jane and Cat’s case, this is a rare friendship that is constantly being strengthened because the girls care. I am very intrigued by the author’s plan to write a second book. I have no idea what the story will be—how things will unfold—but I know I will love seeing Ava, CJ, Jordan and Martha again. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThis was an okay book. I hate reviewing okay books because I don't have a lot of feelings about them one way or the other, and often end up doing some skimming, even though they aren't bad. They're just... okay. And a little born.MOST LIKELY has a great premise. You see a girl, all grown up and successful as a woman, and then the rest of the book is about her senior year of high school and the changes that put her on the inspiring path s Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThis was an okay book. I hate reviewing okay books because I don't have a lot of feelings about them one way or the other, and often end up doing some skimming, even though they aren't bad. They're just... okay. And a little born.MOST LIKELY has a great premise. You see a girl, all grown up and successful as a woman, and then the rest of the book is about her senior year of high school and the changes that put her on the inspiring path she's on and the relationships that paved her life.It's kind of like a feminist version of THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS. Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha all met when they were young in a park over the summer and stayed friends well into their senior year of high school. Now exploring relationships and college options, as well as other major life changes, they're all in a highly transitional phase that will change their friendships and, indeed, their whole lives.All the girls were pretty bland imo. Even though all their stories were well-crafted and they had REAL ISSUES! their voices felt pretty interchangeable. Maybe it would have helped if they were written in first person instead of third person.Also, how sad is it that the author envisions a female president in the future but still plays it up that the heroine had to take her husband's name for people to vote for her? That's kind of depressing.I liked the ending, though. :) Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 2.5 stars
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  • Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight
    January 1, 1970
    *4.75Great empowering realistic female friendship book with so many absolutely adorable romances. Loved it. I do have two major complaints though that are strikingly anti-feminist about this book. Firstly - the cover. Nothing is more anti-feminist than copy-pasting a perfect female face and just changing the skin tones and hairstyles. They all look the same; it's pathetic. And it's wrong! One of the four girls, CJ, is described as having "blonde hair and green eyes." What the heck???And then the *4.75Great empowering realistic female friendship book with so many absolutely adorable romances. Loved it. I do have two major complaints though that are strikingly anti-feminist about this book. Firstly - the cover. Nothing is more anti-feminist than copy-pasting a perfect female face and just changing the skin tones and hairstyles. They all look the same; it's pathetic. And it's wrong! One of the four girls, CJ, is described as having "blonde hair and green eyes." What the heck???And then there's the epilogue, which messily gives the idea that whichever of these girls becomes President relies on which of them ends up dating a certain guy. Yikes.But this was fun.Full RTC.
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  • Lorilin
    January 1, 1970
    Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha have been inseparable friends since they were five-years old. Now they’re seniors in high school, trying to figure out what they want out of life so they can make the most out of every opportunity they have. And here’s a fun fact; in 25 years, one of these ladies will end up being sworn in as President of the United States. Interestingggggg, but which one?Each girl has her strengths and weaknesses. Ava considers herself lucky to have been adopted into a loving (and we Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha have been inseparable friends since they were five-years old. Now they’re seniors in high school, trying to figure out what they want out of life so they can make the most out of every opportunity they have. And here’s a fun fact; in 25 years, one of these ladies will end up being sworn in as President of the United States. Interestingggggg, but which one?Each girl has her strengths and weaknesses. Ava considers herself lucky to have been adopted into a loving (and wealthy) family, but she still can’t help wondering about her birth mother. CJ is an overachiever who wants to change the world, one volunteer opportunity at a time—unfortunately, her low SAT scores will definitely hold her back from getting into a top college. Jordan has one dream, and that’s to be a journalist. Unfortunately, her hard-hitting, no-nonsense attitude sometimes gets her the story…and sometimes gets her in trouble. And last, Martha is smart as a whip and tough as nails—but she and her dad are really poor, so Martha has no idea how’s she’s going to pay for college.The four friends must struggle their way through their last year of high school. There will be drama, love, boyfriends (and girlfriends), breakups, civic engagement, and lots of personal growth and epiphanies. No one will be the same after the school year is over, but their friendship will only get stronger.MY THOUGHTSI surprised myself by loving this book. It reminded me a lot of Tweet Cute. Both books have similar themes of young adults trying to figure themselves out, while deciding where they stand in relation to others, to friends, to romantic partners, to parents, and to the world. These girls aren’t perfect, but they are whip smart. They don’t have it all figured out, but they have a great foundation: they’re loyal, honest, reliable, hardworking, and absolutely determined to be their best selves. If any of my kids grow up to be like them, I will be proud.I also appreciate that there’s just enough relationship drama in the book to be interesting, without love and infatuation becoming everything. The story and relationships are really well balanced. Bonus that I completely did NOT see the ending coming (in the best way). I thought I knew how it would all turn out, but I was way off.Overall, what a fun book. I devoured it in less than a day. If you’re looking for a quick but uplifting read, Most Likely is the one for you!
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  • Stacy Fetters
    January 1, 1970
    "Why can’t I be one of those people who things come easily to? Because those people are usually assholes."This started off really slow but it ended up being really enjoyable.
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Powerful story about the importance of friendship and being true to yourself.**Thank you to the publisher for trusting me with an ARC. FRTC**
  • Katharine
    January 1, 1970
    It might have been that I started this book at the wrong time, but I struggled to get into it until about halfway through. I was only reading it in 20 minutes spurts, which might have had something to do with feeling like it dragged. Thankfully, it picked up for me in the second half and I LOVED it, especially the ending which had me weeping on my front stoop (where I was reading at the time). If you're a fan of YA authors like Jenny Han and Julie Buxbaum, you'll enjoy this (plus, I think it's e It might have been that I started this book at the wrong time, but I struggled to get into it until about halfway through. I was only reading it in 20 minutes spurts, which might have had something to do with feeling like it dragged. Thankfully, it picked up for me in the second half and I LOVED it, especially the ending which had me weeping on my front stoop (where I was reading at the time). If you're a fan of YA authors like Jenny Han and Julie Buxbaum, you'll enjoy this (plus, I think it's even more contemporary with a lot of very current themes).
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  • Sahitya
    January 1, 1970
    This book is my most anticipated YA contemporary release of the year because I have been super intrigued with the premise since the first time I read about. I haven’t ever watched Bold Type, but have only heard good things about it and had a feeling that this book would be just as good too. And as soon as I got it from my library, I picked it up on a boring Sunday afternoon when I was feeling sick and it gave me the respite I needed. While it’s fascinating to figure out who among the four main c This book is my most anticipated YA contemporary release of the year because I have been super intrigued with the premise since the first time I read about. I haven’t ever watched Bold Type, but have only heard good things about it and had a feeling that this book would be just as good too. And as soon as I got it from my library, I picked it up on a boring Sunday afternoon when I was feeling sick and it gave me the respite I needed. While it’s fascinating to figure out who among the four main characters would end up being the President, and it’s definitely something that was at the back of my mind throughout the novel, that is not what this is about. This story is about four young women who accidentally met at a park when they were children and became friends and it’s the kind of friendship that we all yearn for in our life. Each of them is a flawed individual with their own set of problems, they can be impulsive or scared or make bad decisions, but ultimately they try to support each other at every turn in the best possible way they can. This is some of the best female friendship I have read in a long time and it reminded me of my own girlfriends and that was definitely my favorite part of the book. Though there is an underlying plot and multiple subplots, this book is very much a character study but that’s exactly the kind of books I seem to enjoy these days and it was no different here. If I have any complaints, it’s just that the beginning was quite slow (after the prologue) and it took a while to get me hooked, and the third person POV for all four characters was a bit confusing because I didn’t find the voices distinguishing enough. I also loved how many different issues the author managed to include and discuss through the circumstances of the characters, and also how relatable they all felt. The fear of not being smart enough to get into the top choice universities, how to afford to pay for college without financial aid, dealing with depression, questioning of sexuality and how to communicate the same with a parent, handling messy divorces, the anxiety of trying to connect with a birth parent, the drive to do something to save a piece of their childhood that is being sacrificed in the name of progress, the issues with accessibility that still exist despite ADA being law - every reader will find something that appeals to them and it’s all handled with quite a lot of thoughtfulness and sensitivity, so I really commend the author for that. And despite all the issues they are facing, every single one of these characters has the drive to do something more and make a change in society and that’s exactly why I thought each of the girls could be president at different points in the story. In the end, I found myself very invested in the lives of these young women and I’m so happy I got to meet them. If you love YA novels with strong female friendship as the main theme - the kind you know will last for decades to come - then this book is perfect for you. It can be a bit slow and very character focused, but I feel it’s worth a read. And I think you all will have fun figuring out who among the four girls would become the future president - props to the author for making me feel that every single one of them was a possibility, while also making it very satisfactory to know where they all actually ended up.
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  • anna ✩
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! Most Likely was such a fun but also thought provoking read, I had no idea I would be loving it this much! I am always a sucker for high school based reads and this delivered it so well in every possible way: the friendship, the fear of growing up and growing apart, fighting to be part of something much bigger than ourselves... The whole thing was eerily familiar and I have no doubt that current high schoolers who read this will be able to relate to these characters. Ava, CJ, Jordan, 4.5 stars! Most Likely was such a fun but also thought provoking read, I had no idea I would be loving it this much! I am always a sucker for high school based reads and this delivered it so well in every possible way: the friendship, the fear of growing up and growing apart, fighting to be part of something much bigger than ourselves... The whole thing was eerily familiar and I have no doubt that current high schoolers who read this will be able to relate to these characters. Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha have been friends for the longest time and now that they are high school seniors, life isn't giving them a break. However, all of them are destined for great things, one will even turn out to be the President of the United States! This is a story about friendship and about the ups and downs that come with growing up and figuring out what your place within society will be. I actually had no idea who which one of the girls would turn out to be President and I loved the fact that it was never really very explicit! This is a great read, with lots of fun moments, lots of friendship and lots of important representation. A true ode to growing up!
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  • cheryl_bombshell {HAPPY PRIDE MONTH FROM A LESBIAN}
    January 1, 1970
    I need a few days to settle on a definitive rating, but I LOVED this book!
  • Bianca Escada
    January 1, 1970
    All the 5 stars for this book! I completed it in one day! Just totally immersed in this story. This is a book for anyone... any age, any race, any religion, any gender, etc.I truly believe this is a book everyone should read. What’s considered, “mystery” in this book, and what might sound like a turn off when reading the synopsis... is a hilarious and inventive twist to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.This book is about four girl friends who grew up together and are now seniors in coll All the 5 stars for this book! I completed it in one day! Just totally immersed in this story. This is a book for anyone... any age, any race, any religion, any gender, etc.I truly believe this is a book everyone should read. What’s considered, “mystery” in this book, and what might sound like a turn off when reading the synopsis... is a hilarious and inventive twist to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.This book is about four girl friends who grew up together and are now seniors in college. This is a diverse book filled with hope, sorrow, happiness, personal conflict, and self- discovery. These friends are debating what to do in life; such as, what college to attend? Where do they see themselves in 5+ years? Also, the daunting college application process. And the wonderful, “college admission essay.” Each girl has their own struggles to face, their own obstacles and hurdles to overcome. Will they succeed? Will they grow from past mistakes? Is friendship as thick as blood? This was a phenomenal read. It really does have you wondering, which girl will become the future president of the United States? 100% recommend! A must read!
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  • Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    **PSA: If you're upset about Elizabeth Warren (like me), this is the book for you!!!**This book was just so heartfelt, so hopeful, and everything the world needs right now. Since reading this book, I got to meet/connect with Sarah, and she's become a mentor and I love her so much! Sarah created the show The Bold Type (which, if you haven't seen, what are you doing? It's AMAZING!), and when I saw the announcement over a year ago that she had a YA novel coming out that follows the future female pr **PSA: If you're upset about Elizabeth Warren (like me), this is the book for you!!!**This book was just so heartfelt, so hopeful, and everything the world needs right now. Since reading this book, I got to meet/connect with Sarah, and she's become a mentor and I love her so much! Sarah created the show The Bold Type (which, if you haven't seen, what are you doing? It's AMAZING!), and when I saw the announcement over a year ago that she had a YA novel coming out that follows the future female president's senior year of high school, I could not wait to read this and I knew it would be amazing, and I was right!Most Likely is very reminiscent of The Bold Type in that the biggest focus is on the female friendship between the four girls, and we really need more of that in YA! We also don't know which of the four girls is the one that will become the president, so it's fun guessing which one it'll be. Sarah is such an amazing writer with an amazing heart and an incredible mind! Read this book and then binge watch The Bold Type!
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publishing company as well as a physical copy. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: Most LikelyAuthor: Sarah WatsonBook Series: Most Likely Book 1Rating: 4.5/5Diversity: LGBTQA+ themes/discovery, depression/mental health rep and discussion of it, disability themesPublisher: PoppyPublication Date: March 10, 2020Genre: YA ContemporaryRecommended Age: 15+ (depression, discovering yourself, friendship)Pages: 384Amazon LinkSynopsis: From the crea Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publishing company as well as a physical copy. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: Most LikelyAuthor: Sarah WatsonBook Series: Most Likely Book 1Rating: 4.5/5Diversity: LGBTQA+ themes/discovery, depression/mental health rep and discussion of it, disability themesPublisher: PoppyPublication Date: March 10, 2020Genre: YA ContemporaryRecommended Age: 15+ (depression, discovering yourself, friendship)Pages: 384Amazon LinkSynopsis: From the creator of the hit TV series The Bold Type comes an empowering and heartfelt novel about a future female president's senior year of high school.Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in alphabetical order out of fairness) have been friends since kindergarten. Now they're in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But there's more than just college on the horizon. One of these girls is destined to become the president of the United States. The mystery, of course, is which girl gets the gig.Is it Ava, the picture-perfect artist who's secretly struggling to figure out where she belongs? Or could it be CJ, the one who's got everything figured out...except how to fix her terrible SAT scores? Maybe it's Jordan, the group's resident journalist, who knows she's ready for more than their small Ohio suburb can offer. And don't overlook Martha, who will have to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of her dreams.This is the story of four best friends who have one another's backs through every new love, breakup, stumble, and success--proving that great friendships can help young women achieve anything...even a seat in the Oval Office.Review: I thought this book did super well with character development! They were so well detailed without bogging down the story! The plot of the story was intriguing and kept me hooked throughout the book and the world building was well done as well. The book was a great example of modern-day issues being well handled in books.I did feel like the beginning was super slow compared to the rest of the book. The writing style was also nothing remarkable. I also thought it was weird that the presidency was the forefront of this novel, but there was no real build-up to it. The book began with a prologue from the president and the epilogue was from them too, but nothing in-between about it.Verdict: A well done contemporary!
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  • Rena
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.This was exactly the kind of read I needed.
  • Kaitlyn Ennis
    January 1, 1970
    This was definitely book candy: it’s sweet, but has no nutritional value.
  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    SUCH a cute book! It opens up on inauguration day in 2049 as Mr. and Mrs. Diffenderfer take the stage, and the Mrs. is about to take her oath. Before any more is divulged about her, the story rockets back to the fall of 2019 when a group of best friends, Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha, along with all the seniors are disappointed to find that their school's yearly tradition has been thwarted. Instead of carving their names into the jungle gym like so many before them, the park is close for demolitio SUCH a cute book! It opens up on inauguration day in 2049 as Mr. and Mrs. Diffenderfer take the stage, and the Mrs. is about to take her oath. Before any more is divulged about her, the story rockets back to the fall of 2019 when a group of best friends, Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha, along with all the seniors are disappointed to find that their school's yearly tradition has been thwarted. Instead of carving their names into the jungle gym like so many before them, the park is close for demolition. Jordan, the aspiring journalist of the group takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of the story. The girls have known each other since they all met in that very park and now, 17 and applying to colleges, they know their lives and friendships are going to be forced to evolve. Martha isn't sure how she's going to pay for school and will likely have to stay in state, she'll probably have to even stay in Cleveland. CJ is the tall one, self-conscious of her size and her inadequate SAT score which she is sure is going to ruin all of her dreams. Jordan has her sights set on Northwestern and their stellar journalism program. Ava is quietly applying to Rhode Island School of Design (my alma mater!) though her mom doesn't think she's taking herself seriously enough by applying to art school.As they keep going through the motions of classes and work — CJ volunteering at the rec. center after quitting cross country, and Martha logging hours after school at the local indie theater, Logan Diffenderfer hovers on the peripherals of each of their lives. He and Jordan dated briefly in freshman year until he so insulted Ava that Jordan had no choice but dump him. Ava spiraled into a dark depression and none of the foursome ever forgave him. Still, he works with Jordan at the school paper as the photographer, he keeps inviting CJ on runs, he ends up in Ava's art class after dropping physics, and he's often hanging around Martha's work watching all of the semi-obscure movies.While each girl slowly stumbles onto her own potential love interest, it's still a constant question begging to be answered— who is most likely to end up as Logan's wife and the future president of the United States?
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  • Jess Rod
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐️ 4.5 Stars of 5 ⭐️I am very confused by the prologue and epilogue. I just re-read the prologue and it’s just not making sense in my brain. However, I love how the ending just perfectly tied everything together. A happy ending indeed. My favorite ! Certainly uplifting.I very much liked my time reading this book. I absolutely love that it’s mostly about these groups of strong willed girls that are there for each other no matter what, while each of them learn on their own what it is that they wan ⭐️ 4.5 Stars of 5 ⭐️I am very confused by the prologue and epilogue. I just re-read the prologue and it’s just not making sense in my brain. However, I love how the ending just perfectly tied everything together. A happy ending indeed. My favorite ! Certainly uplifting.I very much liked my time reading this book. I absolutely love that it’s mostly about these groups of strong willed girls that are there for each other no matter what, while each of them learn on their own what it is that they want in their life. They’re constantly asking themselves, how can they change the world in the best way they can ? It’s actually a very beautiful story of friendship. I don’t really get why there had to be this “mystery” of “who’s gonna be the first madam president”? And I didn’t like that this Logan guy seemed to be the pit of this friendship group. I was sort of annoyed that he played such a strong part in each of the girl’s emotional well being. It was verging on the point of weird for me.It was a bummer with Scott. He wasn’t mentioned at the end, but could see he did the right thing there.My favorite ship was with Wyatt. From the beginning I was honestly more interested in her part of the story. And reflecting on it now, maybe the author intentionally wrote it to be like that. Still recommend reading. I’m all for girl power 💪EDIT 4/17/2020: SPOILER BELOW 🚨 🚨 •🚨 •🚨 Okay ! Sooo I cleared up my confusion with the prologue and epilogue. So yes I knew towards the end that Logan Diffenderfer and Wyatt No Last Name are cousins. But I thought the prologue was Ava & Logan and the epilogue was of course CJ & Wyatt. The author made the readers (and fooled me too !!!) that Logan Diffenderfer was going to be the husband of a madam president. She even made him pop up everywhere to make the readers think “is it her ?”, but yeah... the prologue and epilogue was CJ and Wyatt lol. Silly me. 😅
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 STARS One of a group of four friends will become the first female president of the United States in 2049. This is the story of their friendship.The first chapter, at the inauguration, turned me off and I almost stopped reading because the unnamed narrator couched her presidency in the context of her love for her husband and his awkward last name. I wanted to read about who this woman is, not in the context of who she was in a relationship. The last name is part of the “mystery” of which of t 2.5 STARS One of a group of four friends will become the first female president of the United States in 2049. This is the story of their friendship.The first chapter, at the inauguration, turned me off and I almost stopped reading because the unnamed narrator couched her presidency in the context of her love for her husband and his awkward last name. I wanted to read about who this woman is, not in the context of who she was in a relationship. The last name is part of the “mystery” of which of the four friends becomes POTUS, because their high school classmate could have become any of their husbands, including Martha who didn’t want to label herself until she kissed a girl.Although the friends had unique personalities and representations (POC, adopted, low income), I had trouble keeping them separate in the 3rd person POV due to nebulous writing.I did love the friendships, how the girls supported and lifted each other up, cheered each other’s successes. They had each other’s backs.MOST LIKELY lacked edge and had a slow pace. Younger YA readers will be more drawn to this story than older teens.Apparently the B&N version has a bonus epilogue, which isn’t fair to readers, IMHO.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    MOST LIKELY is a fantastic YA contemporary about friendship. The book starts with a woman becoming president and reflecting back on her critical friendships before going back into her senior year of high school (in the present). We don't know which one it will be, but Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha have been friends since before they started kindergarten, and it's a friendship that will last a lifetime.Ava was adopted as an infant and is being raised by a single mother, who is also a high powered l MOST LIKELY is a fantastic YA contemporary about friendship. The book starts with a woman becoming president and reflecting back on her critical friendships before going back into her senior year of high school (in the present). We don't know which one it will be, but Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha have been friends since before they started kindergarten, and it's a friendship that will last a lifetime.Ava was adopted as an infant and is being raised by a single mother, who is also a high powered lawyer. She is a gifted artist, and she is considering following that dream into RISD, but she also knows her mother wishes she would choose a different path. CJ (Clarke) was an unexpected last daughter in a big family who is named after her father. She has a dream for college that she might not attain due to trouble with taking SATs. She is volunteering at a children's sports group, where she hopes to make a difference. Jordan is an aspiring journalist who writes for the high school newspaper. When a beloved public park might get shut down in favor of a high rise, she decides to take on the case, pretending to be an adult journalist so she can be taken seriously as she investigates potential interests of the congressman involved. Martha lives with her father after her parents' divorce. Her father struggles with debt and money, which Martha knows about, even if he tries his best to take care of her. She is worried about how she could afford college and also whether she might actually like girls.What I loved: This book is really heartfelt and easy to follow. It also tackles some big issues in a really approachable and understandable way. For instance, one of the girls has depression, and there is a lot of great messaging about how it feels and the way other people can/should react. Another is figuring out her sexuality in a way that feels very natural and the way that her friends/father handle this information is really lovely. There are also some interesting messages about parents and money problems and how these can all play out. There are also some great themes about disabilities and how to navigate talking about and considering people who have disabilities.This book is full of love (of friends mainly, though some romantic plots also). It is really an uplifting and beautiful story that will speak to young adult readers well.Final verdict: MOST LIKELY is a beautiful story of friendship that also contains some bigger themes handled with care and love. There are a lot of really fantastic messages to take away from this YA contemporary, and I would highly recommend for people who love heartfelt and genuine reads.Please note that I received an ARC through the NOVL. All opinions are my own.
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  • vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    2.5. I would’ve probably loved this as a senior in high school; these girls are going through the same issues I did during my senior year including college applications, SAT scores, feeling academically “not good enough,” good friends, budding romance. But this novel was uneven. I never had a good grasp of each girl and each of their subplots. I also thought a lot of this book’s inclusivity was not subtle. It was fun to keep guessing who would become president, though I wish a bit more time was 2.5. I would’ve probably loved this as a senior in high school; these girls are going through the same issues I did during my senior year including college applications, SAT scores, feeling academically “not good enough,” good friends, budding romance. But this novel was uneven. I never had a good grasp of each girl and each of their subplots. I also thought a lot of this book’s inclusivity was not subtle. It was fun to keep guessing who would become president, though I wish a bit more time was given to explaining how that all worked out in the end. In the first few chapters it compares the friend group to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but sadly I disagree about the believability of the friendships and romances - this is no Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Still cute and fluffy.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    This is fun and kept me turning the pages. You know at the start that the book is about four girls who are close friends and go to the same high school. You also know that one of the girls becomes the first female president of the United States. But which one?Of course, history will unspool in ways the author can't predict. There may never be a female U.S. president, or there may be one within a decade. But I think the author made a minor mistake in making the four girls members of the Class of This is fun and kept me turning the pages. You know at the start that the book is about four girls who are close friends and go to the same high school. You also know that one of the girls becomes the first female president of the United States. But which one?Of course, history will unspool in ways the author can't predict. There may never be a female U.S. president, or there may be one within a decade. But I think the author made a minor mistake in making the four girls members of the Class of 2020, not the Class of 2019. She wanted to keep things up to date and fresh, but of course she had no idea that a pandemic would come and it would make no sense that the characters would go to restaurants, visit a movie theater and a crowded art gallery, kiss people on the street, and so on.
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  • Creya
    January 1, 1970
    O M G. I LOVED this book!!!!Four best friends: Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha. Which one has made her way to the Oval Office? I definitely thought I had this book figured out......... until that twist at the end when my jaw literally dropped. I’m not really sure what the author will do for book two, but I’m excited for it.
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  • Mabel Soriano
    January 1, 1970
    unexpected ending.
  • Hannah Van Dyk
    January 1, 1970
    Like a YA version of BEYOND THE POINT (a favourite of last year) & some SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS vibes. Legit didn’t know how it would end until the very last page & turns out I LOVE THAT Like a YA version of BEYOND THE POINT (a favourite of last year) & some SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS vibes. Legit didn’t know how it would end until the very last page & turns out I LOVE THAT
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  • Rebekah Lawler
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This was packed with all the fantastic female friendships that I expected from Sarah Watson! The heart of this book is these 4 girls and how they are living through the ups and downs of life together. I also loved now the first few pages of the book shaped it into a little bit of a mystery. A joy to read.
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  • Kate Welsh
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect timing for this one if you need some reassurance that we will one day have a female president!
  • Sabreena - Books and Prosecco
    January 1, 1970
    Stars: 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Disclaimer: The amazing humans at HBG Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of Most Likely in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own. “My friends will tell you that they always knew. That out of all of us, I was always the most likely to end up here. Respectfully, and with love, I think they’re full of crap. The truth is, if someone had told me back in high school that this is where I’d end up, I never would have believed it.” This was a Stars: 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Disclaimer: The amazing humans at HBG Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of Most Likely in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own. “My friends will tell you that they always knew. That out of all of us, I was always the most likely to end up here. Respectfully, and with love, I think they’re full of crap. The truth is, if someone had told me back in high school that this is where I’d end up, I never would have believed it.” This was a fun, powerful, relatable story for me and I’m sure it will be for many others as well. The synopsis almost feels misleading though because the point of the story is not which of the girls becomes the president.The point is that it could have been any of them. The point is that friendships can last a lifetime. The point is that it is okay to not “have your life together,” especially when you are in high school. The point is that fighting for what you want in life is important, even if others don’t understand it.There was so much more to this book than who became the president. “But we don’t want to sit and listen. We want to stand and be heard.” The ending did leave a few questions open, but I didn’t mind that too much. I found I loved the writing style (seriously, I was so into it that I read the book in one day), I liked pretty much all of the characters and most of them showed growth and change throughout the book, and I really liked the twist at the end.Most Likely is about four girls, Ava, CJ, Jordan and Martha (always listed in alphabetical order out of fairness) during their final year of high school. It’s a tradition for the seniors at their school to etch their name into a local playground at the beginning of the year. But this year, the playground is blocked off – and scheduled for demolition.The girls become involved in saving the playground, but they find so much more through the process. “Have you ever felt… I don’t know… not worthy?”“Of course. Everyone has.”…“You are, though. You are worthy. I don’t know who made you feel like you’re not. But they’re wrong.” Ava is Hispanic, adopted, raised by a single mother, and has depression. She is also an artist and doesn’t know how to tell her mother – a lawyer – that what she wants is not the same as what her mother wants.CJ volunteers everywhere she can to build her resume, but despite the work she does helping others, she feels average. She was always “in the middle of the pack” on her track team and in everything else it seems like, and she doesn’t know if she will ever be more.Jordan is a half-black, budding journalist, but when she catches the trail of a potential story, she has to figure out how far she’ll go to get the story she wants versus the real story.Martha has been questioning her sexuality, and while working at her part-time, after-school job at the movie theater, she meets someone who might be the one to help her figure out what she wants. “One of them – there would forever be a disagreement about who it was – took Ava’s hand and gave it a squeeze. ‘This means I love you,’ she said. Whichever one of the shes it was. ‘If you love me back, you don’t have to say it, just squeeze twice.'” I really liked how each girl had her own struggles and all of them were relatable in some way. I’ve seen some reviews say that all of the voices felt too similar, and I can understand where they are coming from. But if you focus on the story and the growth instead of the “voice”, they all felt very different.I also liked the twist at the end. It makes you realize that anyone can do anything. Throughout the book, I thought I knew who became the president, but I was definitely surprised. “You are having a shitty day and you are allowed to scream about it. I think you need to scream about it. So scream.” The focus on friendships, the ability to achieve your goals, and the belief that you should always follow your own path, all made me love this book. I definitely recommend it! Not to mention this gem of TRUTH: “You deserved to be there. Depression is not your fault, and there was no fucking way I was going to let them punish you for it.” TW/CW: depression; ableism; racism; feelings of inadequacy; job loss; extreme financial disparities.Thanks again to HBG Canada for sending me this to read and review. Most Likely released on March 10, 2020, so you can grab your copy now!Note: All quotes above were taken from an advance reader’s edition of the book and are subject to change in the final release.
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  • Korynne
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much. I didn’t expect to really even like it because it is so hard for me to find young adult contemporaries that fit with my tastes these days, but this book is all around good, and I can’t recommend it enough. The quotation on the back says it all: “Great friendships can help young women achieve anything.”Most Likely is a feminist novel focused on the power of friendship that gets us through the tough times. It starts with one of the girls married to a Mr. Diffenderfer and I loved this book so much. I didn’t expect to really even like it because it is so hard for me to find young adult contemporaries that fit with my tastes these days, but this book is all around good, and I can’t recommend it enough. The quotation on the back says it all: “Great friendships can help young women achieve anything.”Most Likely is a feminist novel focused on the power of friendship that gets us through the tough times. It starts with one of the girls married to a Mr. Diffenderfer and is about to be inaugurated as President of the United States of America, and then the story jumps back thirty years to when the four girls and Logan Diffenderfer are in high school together, and you have to figure out which one is “most likely” to end up as the President. I think that’s a really neat concept.This book features really diverse characters and ways of life. There were lots of real-world issues discussed and deftly handled as each character was facing a challenge in his or her life. I honestly did not find anything in it to be negative or offensive but instead the whole story was just so well crafted. We have Ava, an adopted Latinx girl struggling with her identity and whether or not she should pursue her passion of art; CJ, who has a big dream of going to college but is worried that her terrible SAT scores will prevent her from getting accepted anywhere and who’s also trying to connect with a young wheelchair-bound girl; Jordan, a budding journalist who is lobbying to keep the local park from getting demolished; and Martha, a quiet girl struggling to find a way to pay for college after her parents’ divorce. Each of these girls has hard decisions to make during their final year of high school as they all worry about college, new relationships, family issues, and staying close to each other after graduation.I love that all four girls are interested in politics and social issues going on in the world, but the book doesn’t really focus on that. Instead, it focuses on each of their lives during their senior year of high school and how they each, with the others’ help, overcome their trials. As the whole mystery is which one of them will become the President, there are little conversations or clues here and there that could lead you to believe any of them will be it, but it’s so fun trying to guess throughout the book how it will end. The characters have great relationships with each other. I really felt like these girls were going through real issues and were very relatable to teens today. This is exactly the kind of book I think every high school girl needs to read. That is such a formative time of your life when friendships mean the world and can get you through anything. I love how these girls constantly support each other no matter what and are always helping each other succeed. They even have a rule that none of them will talk about any of them behind their backs, only to their faces. Honesty and communication are so important in any relationship, and I love the emphasis on that here.The ending of the book was so excellently done in my opinion. I had a guess the whole book about who I thought would be President, and I won’t give anything away, but my guess was both right and wrong, and I absolutely loved how the book ended. There is a planned sequel, which I’m not sure what the premise will be, but I’m definitely interested in reading it because of how well written Most Likely was. This book was so heartwarming and enjoyable to read, and I hope everyone loves it at much as I did. My Book Blog: Storeys of Stories
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