Title: Most Likely To Succeed (Superlatives #3)
Author: Carolyn Lee Adams
Publication: August 4th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
The yearbook votes have been cast.
Sometimes your friends know you better than you know yourself.
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. And since his father is a convicted felon, everyone figures Sawyer will follow in his footsteps and never amount to much.
But while Kaye and Sawyer 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 potential relationship between them most likely to succeed—or to be their favorite mistake?
I received a Digital ARC of this book from Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss for my participation in the blog tour. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
I have to admit, I wasn’t really familiar with the premise of the Superlatives series to begin with. I was expecting that it will be difficult for me to catch up to the series if I read the 3rd book without reading the first two books (Biggest Flirts and Perfect Couple) but surprisingly, I didn’t feel lost at all.
By some means, I got the gist of how these Superlative titles affect the way these elected students look at themselves. In this book, Kaye and her boyfriend Aidan was voted as Most Likely To Succeed for their high school, but that’s what the committee made it look like. She was actually voted as Perfect Couple That Never Was together with Sawyer. This somehow penetrated through Kaye as she starts to look at Sawyer differently.
Kaye is smart but sometimes becomes a push-over. Under her controlling mother and dominating boyfriend, she doesn’t have control over her life which leads to her becoming indecisive. She wants to prove a lot of things, including that she really is Most Likely To Succeed with Aidan but then, becomes unsure if that’s what she really wants.
She becomes curious as to what is it with Sawyer that made her schoolmates vote for them as Perfect Couple That Never Was.
Sawyer is the resident naughty boy that is labeled as someone not to be taken seriously in which Kaye managed to do in many occasions which results to a lot of misunderstandings between them. If only she would scratch beneath the surface and see Sawyer for who he really is.
The romance was cute, but it took quite a while for it to seethe. The fact that Kaye has a boyfriend, and her mother doesn’t like Sawyer for her, (add Kaye’s insensitive remarks toward Sawyer) made their relationship take off a rocky start.
More than just the romance between Kaye and Sawyer, Most Likely To Succeed portrays how “labels” affect the perception of people towards others and how it becomes a basis of other people’s judgment. The characters showed the pressure of living up to a title and the struggle of showing who they truly are.
The sudden turn of events near the end caught me off guard, though. Specifically with Kaye’s mother. She was portrayed to have an unyielding judgment to everything and everybody but all of a sudden, she starts to see differently which kind of made the pacing lose its rhythm.
If you would ask me if I wanted a different ending, I can only say, how about an epilogue?
“Anything making you feel guilty is definitely worth doing.”
“When I told you I loved you, that’s what I meant. I never intended to be your experiment, or your walk on the wild side, or your favorite mistake.”
“It’s never wrong to pursue something you love.”
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