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Most Likely|ARC Review

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Title: Most Likely42070688._SY475_

Author: Sarah Watson

Rating: ★.5

Publishing Date: 10 March 2020

Synopsis: 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.

Spoiler Free Review

I just finished this book today and I loved it! The book follows four best friends: Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha(named in alphabetical order out of fairness). I loved the friendship between these four girls, it is definitely a friendship I wish I had. It follows the girls on their senior year in high school and being a senior myself I was able to relate to parts in the book and characters. The book starts at the beginning of senior year and then toward the end there is a three month time jump which I liked because we get to see the beginning of the year and the end of the year.

I was worried that it would be a bit “cluttered” with having four main characters, plus all the background characters. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t the case. It was easy to keep track or who was who and I think that has to do with how the author distinguished the characters. She gave them all such uniqueness that it was easy to distinguish them, and they all had their own voice.

There wasn’t one character in this book that was my favorite, I liked all of them. CJ was the one I probably related to the most. CJ is studying and studying for her SATs. She’s taken and retaken them and her scores aren’t improving. I still remember all the studying I did to try to improve my score so I could hopefully get into the colleges I wanted to. While reading about CJ and her studying and feeling frustrated, it reminded me of when I was doing that and its why I related to CJ out of all the girls.

Jordan is a fashion icon and a journalist. When her and her friends find out their childhood park, the one they just so happened to meet at, is closing, she knows she needs to report it in hopes of saving the park. Though I am not a huge fan of the way Jordan went about getting the information for the article, I do like the determination she has. She cares about the park and writing the article. You can also see how much Jordan cares for her friends, how all the girls care for each other. Jordan is the one girl I feel like I got to know the least about. Most of her story is centered around the article, there was only one part that we got her and her family.

Martha just deserves everything. Martha’s parents got divorced and she ended up living with her dad. Money is tight and we see how it effects her life. There is a part where all her friends go somewhere but she is unable to because she can’t afford it. And then there is a part in the end which was just so unfair and my heart hurt for Martha. Martha is also part of the LGBTQ+ community and I liked how she brought that representation to the book. However, I do wish the author expanded on that part of Martha more instead of just stating it in the beginning and showing it in the end.

Ava is an amazing artists and also suffers from depression. I loved seeing how strong of a person Ava is and we get to see that through what her friends say and also just from the story. There is another part of Ava’s story that I found interesting and I liked but I can’t really talk about it without spoilers.

This book had representation and diversity and I loved it! My favorite representation in the book was disability representation. CJ volunteers at a program where the kids are all in wheelchairs. Theres some depth to this representation that I like and you see it through the two characters you get to know.

One thing I was disappointed in was the presidential aspect of this book. I thought that the whole who becomes president thing would take the front in this book. The only part that its mentioned is the prologue and the epilogue. It felt like an unnecessary part of the story and the book would of functioned well without it.

Overall I flew through this book and enjoyed it immensely! Loved all the characters and their friendships. This book goes to show that you can do anything no matter who you are as long as you set your mind to it!

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