Title - Most Likely
Author - Craig Hansen
Publisher - Smashwords
Date Published - 2011
# of words - 63, 000 (~238 pages)
Becky Howard is a teen under pressure. Pressure from her best friend not to breathe a word about the abuse she's suffering by her mother. Pressure from her sister to understand her marital difficulties. Pressure from her boyfriend to get more physical than she's ready for. And pressure from the rumors about her boyfriend that are eroding her trust in him. As she prepares for the biggest track meet of her life, Becky's about to learn that sometimes growing up is about more than having sex, and that clinging to ideals might not be as helpful as learning to expect whatever is MOST LIKELY.
When Most Likely opens, Becky Howard seems like she has it all. She has a wonderful family who is supportive of her, a sister who teaches her fun things like how to buy the perfect dress, a boyfriend she adores, and she is about to run the race that can make her a star. But it seems that good things don't last long as Becky's life seemingly comes undone and keeps unravelling as the story progresses.
This is a wonderful tale for Christian teens. Becky goes through a lot and she needs to learn how to handle things through it all. It answers a lot of questions like how to handle a boyfriend who is pressuring you for sex, how to cope with a friend who has given up on life, and how to support loved ones who've messed up their own lives without sugar-coating your reactions or being too upset with them to be helpful. That said, the book didn't feel too preachy about those things or like they were lessons. They all made sense in the context of what was happening in Becky's life. The fact that she looked at things from a God-centered lens was just part of her character.
Unfortunately I never really felt too much of a connection to Becky. She is going through a lot, but nothing I could really relate to. On top of that I felt too much the presence of an adult perspective in the narration. Sometimes the wording or the way Becky would describe her feelings didn't feel like a teenage voice to me, but an adult one. Perhaps because she was a very mature teen, but there was just something about it that bothered me when it was there.
I feel like in the end that this is a book I'd have no problem recommending to others but personally didn't have the connection to myself.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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