Publisher: Dial Books (August 18th 2015)
Paperback: 432 pages
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Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house
Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.
Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.
And Alice is caught in the middle.
I wanted to like this book because I loved My Life Next Door a lot (I shipped Samantha and Jase so hard), but that didn’t happen. The story dragged in some areas and that twist at the end I wasn’t really surprised by the outcome. It’s definitely a lot more grittier than My Life Next Door. Surprisingly I ended up liking Tim’s voice. It’s raw, emotional, and despite the fact that he’s been told not to use so many curse words in front of the Garrett kids he tries really hard to censor them. I like seeing Tim’s character improve throughout the story.
But, I felt bad for Tim. His life sucks. He’s not only been kicked out of the house, but then he also finds out about Hester, who claims she got pregnant with his kid. And Tim tries to adjust to the situation and I loved how the Garretts took him and Cal under their wing even though they’re in a rough spot themselves. At first he doesn’t really enjoy being Cal’s babysitter but there is bonding and he eventually grows attached. You’d think from the way Tim is around the Garrett kids he’d be good with kids, but he’s actually not.
The Garretts are still dealing with the aftermath from My Life Next Door and while it sounds like a happily ever after from the way things ended, it’s not. Samantha’s mother is still giving them trouble and Alice feels like she’s responsible for everything in the household while their mom is constantly in the hospital with her dad. It forces her to grow up too soon. I like Alice’s tough exterior. She might be a bit cold shoulder on the outside, she’s still much of a girly girl on the inside.
Oh and if you were wondering about how things are with Jase and Samantha? Yep, their cameos are small and subtle, but they are there.