- Tapa blanda: 284 páginas
- Editor: Univ of Queensland Pr (1 de marzo de 2003)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0702233455
- ISBN-13: 978-0702233456
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The Girl Most Likely (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 mar 2003
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When you were 17, what did you think your life would be like when you hit 27?
At 17, Rachel Hill was the girl most likely to succeed. At 27, with an Honours degree and a career as a travel writer, she wonders if marriage is the only thing missing from this perfect trifecta.
But one disastrous life decision changes everything. Suddenly she is living back at home in her childhood bedroom - a room still celebrating 1987. She's also working as a nanny for a surly six-year-old, proof-reading erotic fiction and crucifying movie themes on the piano.
With Su-su-sudio in the cassette deck, Rachel tumbles head first into a quarter-life crisis. As she revisits her idea of perfection, she finds that happiness is living the life you want to live, rather than the one you're expected to.
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I chose "The Girl Most Likely" (mainly because of the blue cover and the scattered Fruit Loops) not knowing that once I would have read the final pages I would spend the next 4 years of my life reading it over and over until finally I decided to buy the book for myself.
I bought it and it was not only cheap but in fantastic condition, barely dinted. It arrived in the mail on exactly the right date (the day I finished my VCE examinations) and my expectations were more then satisfied. The description was a little too harsh on itself which made me worry about how good the condition would be (being a tad OCD I like clean fresh books with no highlighting or marks but was going to suck it up just to have this book on my shelf).
This book is now a treasured possession on my book shelf and I will continue to enjoy and love this book throughout my life.
...when really, it isn't.
And that, really, is the core of why I loved The Girl Most Likely so much.
Rachel Hill is all grown up... there is no doubt about that. Of course it was simpler when she was seventeen year old Rachel, the Girl Most Likely to Succeed. And when her marriage that her parents had no idea about fails, she can automatically feel herself spiraling out of control... Girls like her weren't meant to be living at their parent's house and handling a divorce. Girls like her aren't supposed to veg out in front of the television, struggling to get through each day. She sees herself as a failure through her seventeen year old self's eyes and that itself feels like the biggest failure of all.
But as she gets acquainted with Matt, her neighbour who gives her piano lessons and her best friend Zoe is not one to leave her alone... Rachel realises that maybe it's not all about picture perfection. Maybe perfection is overrated. And the lengths at which the author goes to drive this point home makes it an amazing read.
I haven't laughed or cried as much in ages as I did while reading this book. Aside from learning so much from Rachel's quarter-life crisis... I loved how her journey felt so genuine, so heart wrenching that if I could, I would've wanted to be there for her. The fact that I read The Year Nick McGowan Came To Stay first, in which Rachel is all goody goody yet endearing, made me feel particularly empathetic and like I had truly known her for a long time.
This is the perfect book to read if you are going through any sort of a meltdown or even if you just want to have some fun. You're going to laugh your heart out, introspect and sob like a baby before bursting into helpless giggles again. You're not going to want to leave these characters... they are made of awesome. What can I say... like TYNMGCTS, The Girl Most Likely gave me the warm-fuzzies and urged me to look beyond perfection and just enjoy the journey!
A plus for me -- I love Brisbane; lived there for a short while and it was wonderful to take a trip back without the long plane ride.
Certainly recommended for a sweet, but not saccharin, read for women above 25.