Most Likely to Succeed – Jennifer Echols

Synopsis

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?

Review

The first book was definitely the best one in the series. I feel like Jennifer Echols books are really really hit-or-miss for me. I either love it or I don’t, and unfortunately, this one falls into the latter group. My problem with Kaye’s and Harper’s stories is that they make their decisions based on popular vote. It’s very high school — being completely self-absorbed in the reality that is your life, so that when people tell you something different, you take a step back and see the world completely differently. I liked Tia and Will’s story because it was more organic. They were attracted to each other before other people took notice of it.

Also, superlatives really aren’t that big a deal. Pop culture is good at making people, especially young girls, eagerly anticipate their high school milestones. In truth though, I can’t even remember any high school superlatives.

Also, I felt like a lot of adults gave the voice of reason. Kaye’s mom was painted as a total villain, but a lot of her rationale made sense to me. I agreed with a lot of her values, and respected her for rising from the ashes. I almost feel like her story would be more interesting than Kaye’s sheltered, spoiled, and rather privileged life. To her, a punishment is sitting in the protection of a car in the hood for five minutes. She never had to live in that kind of environment.

Sawyer was an awkward kid with a dysfunctional family and a good heart. I’ve loved him since the beginning. However, considered how hot-n-cold this romance was, I found it hard to believe how quickly it escalated (very nearly in insta-love territory). I hate how Aidan went from being a perfect boy in the first book, the most stable Mr. President ever, to being some drunken, jealous, hot mess. Come on, he deserves more credit than that!

This book severely missed the nuance and heart in Echols’s best tragedies, and the witty banter that shines through her top romcoms. What a shame.

Related Reading

  • Perfect Couple – Jennifer Echols (all the superlatives, really)
  • The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High – Laurie Boyle Crompton
  • Bright Before Sunrise – Tiffany Schmidt
  • The Market – J.M. Steele
  • The List – Siobhan Vivian

Rating: 2/5

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