I read this book in one sitting. That wasn’t the plan, but somehow I ended up reading the whole thing with a bowl of popcorn with chocolate chips in it. Yeah, don’t know how that happened. Do I regret it? No. No I do not.
Book: Most Likely
Author: Sarah Watson
Published March 10th 2020 by Poppy
TW: depression; ableism; racism; feelings of inadequacy; job loss; extreme financial disparities
Best friends, Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Marsha, can’t believe it when their local park is slated to get torn down. The park means something to them and their community. The girls decide to take a stand to try to save the park. Each girl attacks at a different angle. Together they are a dynamic duo (quad-o?). If only the park was their only problem. They also struggle to balance college applications, friendships, family, and relationships.
Oh, I forgot! One of these girls also becomes the president. Most Likely is a book about young women making impacts in their community through journalism, art, and someday the Oval Office.
Format 5. I liked how the story shifted from girl to girl. This helped me get to know them individually and also as a collective friendship unit. I got excited about each of their storylines and to see how it connected to the presidency.
Ending 4.5. The book opens with a very dramatic scene right before the president’s inauguration. A female president is about to be sworn in… but who is it? The only evidence we have is the last name. The future president has the same last name as Logan, a boy the girls went to high school with. They all have some sort of connection with him, so this tidbit of evidence is not helpful. I had no evidence to back up any guesses unless a gut instinct counts as evidence. Does it count? I don’t know, I guess the jury is still out on that one…
When I was reading the epilogue I thought it was from a different perspective than the prologue. The ending didn’t make sense the first time I read it. I don’t want to give anything away so I am going to be vague and mysterious. I was so confused about who ended up with who and who was the president and how did they end up with that last name? I reread both the prologue and the epilogue TWICE to try to figure out what the heck happened.
I was freaking out. I finished the book in the late hours of the night and was like, “Aca-excuse me?! What the actual heck just happened?!” I wasn’t about to reread the whole book. There was not nearly enough caffeine pumping through my veins to keep me awake that long.
So, I did the only reasonable thing: I pulled on my metaphorical latex sleuthing gloves and got to work. I scouted out some other reviews to see what others were saying. After a perilous journey across the scary abyss that is the internet, I found my answer. A reviewer (who was also confused) posted her findings. The answer: I didn’t read one sentence carefully enough and it screwed me up big time.
Anyway, I don’t know if you followed along with me on that crazy journey, but the point is the end had me confused. Once I figured it out, I did like the ending. It was soo much work to get there though. It had a semi-unexpected twist that still made sense. The presidency ended the character’s character arc very nicely.
I loved the fierce women in this book. Each girl was strong in her own way and I connected with each of them in some way. It like the underlying questions about the presidency as well.