Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #3
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eARC, 352 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school—student government, cheerleading, stellar grades—has been in preparation for that future.
To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves…
As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?
I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Echols’ Superlatives series since I first read Biggest Flirts last year. I liked the setup of using the yearbook superlatives to show that there is more to the characters than what category they were voted into. I liked the characters and the relationships that emerged. The first two books were excellent YA contemporaries and this book made a fantastic addition to the series.
I can’t even lie, Sawyer’s story was the one I’ve wanted from the start. He intrigued me. I suspected there was more to him than met the eye and I’m thrilled to find out I was right. Of course, I was also simultaneously saddened by the truth about his home life and relationship with his father. But, seriously, I just loved him. To the world he was a player and a goofball, but looks are definitely deceiving in this case.
I totally got Kaye’s character. Oh, did I ever. The pressure she put on herself, how hard she worked, her drive and desire to succeed. I got her. In high school, I was her in a lot of ways. (Thankfully my mom wasn’t as pushy as hers though.) I admired Kaye’s dedication to everything – her school work, her extracurricular activities, her friends. I wanted her to stand up for herself a little more when it came to certain situations (namely the crummy boyfriend) and it took some time, but she finally did. I cheered internally.
Despite Kaye being with another guy for a good quarter of the book and Sawyer (supposedly) being the hopeless player, I shipped these two hard. I loved their chemistry. I adored how they looked out for each other and encouraged each other when it was needed. (When Kaye wasn’t being snarky and unknowingly insulting Sawyer. She made up for it.) All in all, they were just wonderful together. I thought Jennifer gave us a realistic look at a high school romance, too, by dealing responsibly with sex and emotions.
Most Likely to Succeed was a perfect close to the Superlatives series. We had an opportunity to see more from Tia and Will and Harper and Brody, which I really enjoyed. I laughed and, maybe, even teared up a time or two. So good!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.