The Girl Least Likely | Katy Loutzenhiser | Book Review

The Girl Least Likely is funny. It’s not the forced kind of funny which can unfortunately happen when an adult is trying to write from the voice of a teenager. As someone who always felt like they were on the outside looking in, it was nice to feel represented and seen in the maze that can be high school. These characters are flawed and real and were easy for me to root for.

Gretchen is a girl who has been the girl who sits in the shadows. She has her best friend who lives next door and her cousins but other wise, she keeps to herself. One night she goes out with her cousins to a bar with a fake ID. She joins in on the comedy contest and finds that she enjoys it and wants to continue competing. Suddenly, she finds herself living this double life where she goes to high school by day and at night she is a 21 year old wanna be comedian.

My favorite kinds of comedians are the ones who take their inner monologues and use it for material. Thankfully, this is what Gretchen does through out The Girl Least Likely. She takes her thoughts on her family, her newly developed feelings for her best friend, and the events that continue to unfold as she does her best to try and juggle her double life. It is funny and awkward especially as things begin to unfold around her. I also enjoyed Gretchen’s love for realistic rom-coms because that was completely relatable to me as a reader. Her journey throughout this book had me invested and wanting for her to find her happy ending.

Having Gretchen step out of her normal element and into a different type of world allowed her to develop as a person. She experiences those invincible sensations that one feels when they are noticed after feeling invisible. This creates multiple scenarios within The Girl Least Likely for her to come to terms with and figure out what it is she actually wants out of life. The good news for her is that she is only a junior in high school – so she has time to figure things out – and that is such an important message for young adults. You don’t have to have everything figured out right away – most of the time adults are still trying to figure it out as well!

Rating: 3 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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