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Most Likely to Succeed
by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives (#3)
Release date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, romance
Age category: Young Adult
No. of pages:  352 pages (kindle edition)
ASIN: B00O6606OE
In this sexy conclusion to The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Sawyer and Kaye might just be perfect for each other—if only they could admit it.

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?
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My thoughts and whatnot:

Call me shallow and anything but what I first noticed about this book, when I first saw it, was how pretty it looks. It reminds me of college/high school year books (in other countries because our year book looks really different compare to those). It felt almost nostalgic, really. With that said, let's get on with this:
My rating: ★★★☆☆

Premise - I have yet to read the first two books in this series but I decided to check this out. Out of the three, I'm pretty certain this has the most interesting (and quite frankly, intriguing) character. If you didn't know already, this series revolves around seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class Who's Who categories, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives. For me, this sounds pretty realistic. But as I check out the plot of the first two books, I've found some pattern. All three books revolve "famous" students in this Florida high school. I would have liked it better if the book (or the series) didn't focused much on the high school totem pole.
The story progressed pretty slowly and, I guess, I was pretty disappointed with how the story went. It's a bit all over the place, if you ask me.

Characters - Kaye was a character that I had a problem figuring out (also, liking). She's pretty much perfect; she's the school's vice president, cheerleader and future valedictorian but I find her pretty judgmental. Also it's hard for me to like a character who hide under the guise of hating someone because they really like them. But I guess I understand that she felt really pressured with the school stuff and her mom always urging her to be this perfect child that she doesn't want to be. Toward the end, I liked how she's standing up for herself, she matured a lot throughout the book.

Sawyer on the other hand was a character that is very easy to like. Right from the start I knew, I just knew, I'll like this guy. And Sawyer didn't disappoint. He was this goofy bad boy but I know there's more to him than meets the eye. This type of character, the goofy ones, was my weakness. Despite having difficulties they find ways to make other people smile. Sawyer was like that. He also has a great back story. Sawyer, however, can be whiny and overly dramatic at times.

I'm not sure I like any of the supporting characters - well, maybe, I like Kaye's dad - but they added more color and story to this book.

Writing style/technique - The author utilized Kaye's point of view. Her POV can be pretty flexible thanks to her status in school. She's pretty much in every school celebrations/games and she sees a lot. Most of the times, I like when there's only one POV, it makes it more easy to comprehend but in the case of this book, I would have loved to see a glimpse of what Sawyer thinks.

Misc. - The ending was pretty underwhelming for this "sexy conclusion." It seems to me that the ending could've been better.
Is this a page turner? Yes.
Would I re-read it again? Most likely!

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About the author:
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.
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