Sunday, September 4, 2022

The Most Likely Club: A Novel by Elyssa Friedland

(Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

At their milestone high school reunion, a group of friends make a pact to finally achieve their high school superlatives one way or another, in the lively new novel from the acclaimed author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel.

In 1997, grunge is king, Titanic is a blockbuster (and Blockbuster still exists), and Thursday nights are for Friends. In Bellport, Connecticut, four best friends and high school seniors are ready to light the world on fire. Melissa Levin, Priya Chowdury, Tara Taylor, and Suki Hammer are going places. Their yearbook superlatives confirm it: Most Likely to Win the White House, Cure Cancer, Open a Michelin-Starred Restaurant, and Join the Forbes 400.

Fast forward twenty-five years and nothing has gone according to plan as the women regroup at their dreaded high school reunion. When a forgotten classmate emerges at the reunion with a surprising announcement, the friends dig out the yearbook and rethink their younger selves. Is it too late to make their dreams come true? Fueled by nostalgia and one too many drinks, they form a pact to push through their middle-aged angst to bring their teenage aspirations to fruition, dubbing themselves the "Most Likely Girls."

Through the ensuing highs and lows, they are reminded of the enduring bonds of friendship, the ways our childhood dreams both sustain and surprise us -- and why it's deeply uncool to peak in high school.

my thoughts:

Love, love, love! The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland is my new favorite read this summer. It's a story about four friends who attend their high school reunion and come to the realization that they might have already peaked back in high school. The horror! Yeah, turns out that back in the 90s, they were given superlatives in their senior year that predicted their awesome futures. Pretty cool at the time. Except, well, they grew up and let's just say that life got in the way and those superlatives aren't exactly where they ended up. Yeah, reaching your goals isn't easy and sometimes when you do achieve them, they aren't at all what you expected. So, their trip down memory lane pushes them to make a pact - make those superlatives come true (except for Suki, who did make her superlative come true - Join the Forbes 400. Yep, the "Most Likely Girls" are born and they want a second chance. The question is, do they really want it, and if so, will they make it happen? 

Friedland has written a delightful story that is such a fun treat to read. The writing is top notch. The characters are relatable, flawed, and a bit unlikeable - which I love! And their story is unputdownable. I absolutely enjoyed spending my afternoon with them and finding out whether or not they would actually become the "Most Likely Girls" after all. Talk about an awesome book that will make you take a trip down memory lane and think back on your own high school days and the dreams you had once upon a time. The Most Likely Club is a terrific story that I would happily recommend to anyone and everyone - you will fall in love with this book!! Check it out!!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

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