Most Likely

Rated 3.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Becky Howard is a teen under pressure. From her best friend not to speak about the abuse she's suffering, from her boyfriend to get more physical than she's ready for, and more. Sometimes growing up is about more than having sex, and that clinging to ideals might not be as helpful as learning to expect whatever is Most Likely. Most Likely is 63,000 words long and contains light Christian themes. More

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About Craig Hansen

Craig Hansen wrote stories from an early age, but when his SF short story, "The S.S. Nova," was published in the Minnesota Writers In the School COMPAS program's 1981 anthology of student writing, When It Grows Up, You Say Goodbye To It, he decided to dedicate himself to writing. Several unpublished novels and short stories followed.
Hansen earned two degrees at Minnesota State University at Mankato under the mentorship of young adult novelist Terry Davis, who oversaw and approved an earlier version of Most Likely as his master's degree creative thesis. In the years that followed, Hansen worked a variety of jobs related to writing, including editorial work at a small publishing house, holding a position as a Web site editor, and five years in journalism in northwestern Wisconsin, where he earned several state awards for his writing and editing.
His work has appeared in the Meadowbrook Press anthology, Girls to the Rescue, Book 1, as well as the true crime journal, Ripper Notes, in volume 28. Most Likely is his first novel.
Hansen currently lives in Minnesota with his wife, a dog, a cat, and his 88-year-old father, a World War II veteran. He remains hard at work on his next novel, Ember, a paranormal suspense novel expected later this year that marks the beginning of a series aimed at young adults, as well as several short novels and other projects, including some nonfiction theological books.
His interests include the music of Johnny Cash, reading the novels of other independent authors, blogging, and the study of Messianic theology.

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Review by: Madame Diotte on Nov. 23, 2011 :
A truly moving story that easily kept me engaged. Becky's difficult life situations and how she reacted to them were believable and intriguing. The way Becky questioned her faith, those she loves, and herself made her feel like a well-rounded character. I am looking forward to reading more from this author!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Stormyjmarie on Nov. 15, 2011 :
I wrote my review in I enjoyed reading this book because it starts right off with the story and not a lot of description and keeps on going. It shows how a girl had everyday situations that sometimes weren't all smooth going. Girls tend to be more of an emotional creature and this book helps to show how the storms of life comes about and how this teen handled them. The book covers teen pressures, dealing with friendship issues, abuse of friends, keeping secrets, rumors and family problems. In life everything comes down to making a CHOICE. It also helps those who are always helping others to realize it is okay to take a few moments out to recoop. I especially liked the fact that this tennager was a Christian and the author was able to bring in her concerns about does she follow her beliefs or go with the crowd. After reading this book, I am going to check out to see what else this author has written. Keep them coming. Good Job!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Megan Celtic_Girl on Oct. 19, 2011 :
'Most Likely' deals with the issues of abuse, infidelity, and waning faith. It deals with the issues well. This book was an easy one to read and I was able to read 'Most Likely' in one sitting.

Becky Howard is a track athlete and has a good chance of making it to state. She has been dating Tom, who is a swimmer, for almost a year, but she has loved him for much longer than that. The problem is that Tom doesn't share her beliefs, though she has tried, and failed, to convert him.

"You thought you could convert him." Becky nodded. Her face flushed. "Only instead of you moving him closer to God, dating him has been moving you away from God."

Geena, Becky's sister, lives in Arizona and is having marital problems. Geena is pregnant and close to her due date, when she leaves her husband. She comes home to her parents and sister, who are very surprised at her sudden departure from her husband.

"If I'd chosen my husband as carefully as I choose my dresses," Geena had written, "I think I might have been a lot better off."

There were some very shocking and unexpected things that happened in this book, which I thought made it all the more enjoyable, but I won't say what they are because if you choose to read this book it would spoil the story.

There were a couple of times that the characters swore, and a quite a few times that they took the names of Jesus and God in vain. For a book that was catergorized as a Christian book, I find this unacceptable.

'Most Likely' is a book that I will most likely (LOL) not read again - I just had to say that because of the title. Seriously, had it not been for the disrespectful use of God's name, I probably would have recommended it - as the rest of the story is great. But, I can't. I also feel that this book should not be classified as a Christian fiction novel - because true Christians wouldn't use the names of God in that way.

*** I received a complimentary copy of this book through LibraryThing to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
(reviewed 90 days after purchase)
Review by: Cindy B on Sep. 8, 2011 :
Becky Howard would like to focus on nothing but her upcoming track meet and prepare for state competition. But her friend's in trouble - her abusive mom is out of control - and her boyfriend is unhappy - he wants more intimacy. Becky is caught between wanting to protect her friend and keep her promises, Tammy winds up in the hospital fighting for her life. Suddenly, running is not as important as it used to be.

I enjoyed this book, but it felt incomplete to me. Everything just sort of ends, with Becky not sure what's going to be next for her. Maybe this is part of a series, but still, it needed a stronger resolution.

I'm not sure that I would read more by this author, but I felt that for Christian teen fiction, it was pretty good. So I gave it 3 stars.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
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