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Girls Most Likely: A Novel Paperback – July 25, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
September 2, 2006
Rating: 4 Stars
I'm finding that I REALLY enjoy books by Sheila Williams. She has a way with words that I find unique. This is the second novel I've read by her. Each of these novels had a certain tone to them, a somewhat gentle prose, but the characters she depicts in her books are stand out characters that are not always conventional, but are often strong and determined people that know what they want and where they are going.
In GIRLS MOST LIKELY, Williams tells the story of four women who are best friends from childhood, and each character is given a chance to narrate part of the novel. Each woman is different from the others, but something special ties the four together and even after a betrayal that occurs between two of them, the friends find a way to re-unite many years later.
I won't go into detail of each character and what made her unique, but the book itself covers decades of living and ends with their 30th high school reunion. The book also depicts the social changes that occur through the years, especially for Black women. I found it interesting to see things unfold, watching as these four characters react to the changes over the years. GIRLS MOST LIKELY is recommended to readers who enjoy books focusing on women friendships and are nostalgic for days gone by.
Nicknamed the "Girls Most Likely," they became a close-knit group legendary among their peers--the kind of friendship that exists in every school, where classmates cannot imagine one girl in a room without the others.
Vaughn is the Girl Most Likely to publish an unforgettable novel. Reenie is the Girl Most Likely to marry a prince. Su is the Girl Most Likely to be famous. Audrey is the Girl Most Likely to rule the world.
The history of this friendship is told through the eyes of each woman, from their perspective as fifty-somethings today. Rather than alternating sections, as is increasingly common in this type of fiction, each woman tells her view of the story in one section. It begins with Vaughn's memories of how the friendship began. Reenie continues the story, relating the effects of betrayal and loneliness. Su continues with the meaning of adulthood and moving on. Audrey has her say as the group moves into the twenty-first century. Finally, and as the writer she is, Vaughn will finish out the story.
The writing in this novel is moving, insightful, and often hilarious. While it is ultimately about the importance and significance of lifelong relationships, it also addresses very real issues--issues that MUST be addressed in the course of a person's life if they intend to truly live it. Race, loyalty, faith, love, health, family, and more are lovingly woven into an extraordinary look at a seemingly ordinary phenomenon.
Friendship on this level is a sacred thing, as it should be.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A heart warming novel centered around 4 girls who share life's ups and downs. They meet in 5th grade, and the story continues through their fifties. Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by Lynda W. Weeks
I just finished the audio version of this book. It had some lull spots to it but for the most part I enjoyed hearing on the friendships of 4 black women that span from the 60's to... Read morePublished on March 5, 2009 by A. Stallings
Girls Most Likely is another great book by Sheila Williams. I have been reading it on my lunch hour and it is truly hard to put down. Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by Carla Lattimer White
As Vaughn goes about her day, the mail arrives and in it is an invitation to her 30 year high school class reunion. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Girls Most Likely traces the lives of four women, from elementary school friends to grown women. It examines the twists and turns that create our futures, as women and humans. Read morePublished on January 24, 2007 by A Customer
Vaughn, Rennie, Su and Audrey are four women that were referenced as, The Girls Most Likely, a well-known group of friends that love, support and work together in order to function... Read morePublished on September 9, 2006 by OOSA Online Book Club
Vaughn, Reenie, Su, and Audrey have a friendship that spans from the fifth grade to their fifth decade. Read morePublished on September 8, 2006 by Urban Reviews
Girls Most Likely
Ballantine, Jul 2006, $13.95
The invitation to attend the thirtieth anniversary of... Read more
This book is okay. I have read all of her books and this is the one that I liked the least. The story line was all over the place. Read morePublished on August 12, 2006 by Amazon Customer