If you know anything about us, you know that we love Huntley Fitzpatrick, her stories, and her swoony boys. Although we both have mad love for Jase Garrett, (Jaime has claimed him on the book boyfriend list) but that doesn’t mean we all can’t appreciate him.
To celebrate the release of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s new book, The Boy Most Likely To, on August 18th, we decided we needed (yes, needed) to participate in the campaign “The Blog Most Likely To…” and immediately began putting together a list of all the things we would be most likely to be/do.
Here are just a few of the examples of what we had on our list:
- The Blog Most Likely To Love All Of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s Books
- The Blog Most Likely To Flail Over The Books We Love
- The Blog Most Likely To Claim All The Book Boyfriends
But we decided go another route. A couple years back, we did a survey and found that our readers really enjoyed the interviews we do with authors, but they wanted more of them! We always felt a little shy when it came to reaching out and asking the author to take time from their day to answer our questions, but when we read that, we made a point to stick our necks out there and ask more often.
So we are…
and that’s exactly we did!! Huntley was kind enough to indulge us with some answers to some fun questions!! Check out everything below and then get your entries in for the giveaway!!!
Describe The Boy Most Likely To in 5 words. Messy. Tender. Unexpected. Steamy. Surprising.
Tim is…well there’s no other way to say it… he’s swoony and we love everything about him, and can totally see why Alice can’t resist. What’s your trick to creating a swoony guy? First off, a lifetime of devotion to many the swoony guy in many the book. Secondly, a habit of observing people and figuring out (making up) their stories. And finally, knowing that I have to fall a bit in love with the boy I’m writing about or no one else will.
I know why I love Tim and Alice… but why do you love them and why should the readers?
I love that they are polar-opposites in some ways, and identical in others. They both care passionately about the people they love and worry that they’re not going to be able to come through for them, but they do that in completely different styles. For a romance to work, for me, the hero and heroine have to bring out both the best and the worst in each other: we love the people who catch us off balance and challenge us. Tim and Alice did that more than any other couple I’ve written: his smart-aleck side/her bossiness, his protectiveness/her soft heart. I was so happy to be able to “give” them to one another.
Of all of your books, do you have a favorite scene you wrote and if so, what was it and why is it your favorite?
I have a lot of them, but right at this moment the one that stands out to me is The one in MLND where Tim is convincing Samantha to tell Jase “what happened”. She’s a bit of a mess, but still able to notice Tim’s idiosyncratic ways of comforting her, and he’s completely at a loss about how to deal with his best friend coming apart. I liked writing a male/female friend comforting friend scene that had nothing to do with romance and everything to do with love, anyway.
What was the hardest scene for you to write in The Boy Most Likely To and why?
The scenes where Tim nearly gave in to his addictions were really hard to write. To some extent, my stories surprise me, and I honestly wasn’t sure, in either scene, which way he’d go. And, as with my own children, it’s scary to watch someone do something that could potentially harm them and not be able to ‘save’ them.
Were there any scenes that had to be cut that you wish would have stayed in?
There were several versions of Tim and Alice’s first kiss scene—and each of them had something I liked about them, but there can only be one first kiss, so I finally settled on the one in the book–which initially came much later—as ‘that scene’.
Did any of your characters surprise you by doing something you didn’t expect?
I didn’t expect Alice to have the “issue” that she had. That was a surprise. The ending of the secondary plot in Tim’s life was also a shock to me—I’d planned it another way, and then realized it could only go this way.
Do you have any strange writing habits?
Jotting down notes on pieces of paper everywhere—I’m always finding a sentence or a plot idea scrawled across the backs of bills or receipts or jotting them down in ink on the palm of my hand. It gets a little crazy. And these notes usually are too quickly written to make any sense later on. Like this one I scribbled on a walk yesterday: “Mustache. Nemesis in plane. Grey? Perception of life gets truth. Chocolate frosting. what is being a? Baby foxes.”
When you read a real book, what do you use as a bookmark?
Whatever’s handy. I have books stationed everywhere—the glove compartment, my purse, the kitchen counters—I’m always reading in odd moments. So I grab whatever works to mark my place—band-aids, post it notes, school flyers, straw wrappers, bookmarks and, in a pinch, dog-earring the place.
What are you currently reading?
Historical romance! I’m working my way through every Mary Balogh book, which I do every few years. I always cry. I loved her as a teenager and I still do.
Any recommendations for people to read while waiting for The Boy Most Likely To to arrive?
I’m loving Katie McGarry’s NOWHERE BUT HERE, and also Tamara Ireland Stone’s EVERY LAST WORD
Any advice for aspiring writers?
Keep a journal. Read everything—“good” literature, bad literature, everything. If you have a strong reaction to a book—pro or con—figure out what it is that hits you so hard. Keep an idea notebook. Listen to songs and imagine stories around them. Never forget your most embarrassing moments.
What’s next for you? Are you working on anything right now that you can tell us about?
Always working on something! My next book is another YA contemporary, and I’m just getting started—a fun, exciting stage. The story centers around two teenagers who form a connection when both their fathers die in a small plane crash. As they search for the truth about the crash and who their fathers really were, they begin to fall in love—but the truth might make that impossible.
Favorite Song (right now) Budapest, George Ezra
Favorite Book (right now) Split by Swati Avasthi—haunted by this book
Favorite TV Show/Movie Criminal Minds
Favorite Word serendipity
Favorite Color ocean blue/greenThe Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
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Published by Penguin Young Readers Group on August 18th 2015
Genres: Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Family, General, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters. For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have. And Alice is caught in the middle. Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.