Book Boyfriend Spotlight: Tim Mason from THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO
Here at Penguin Teen HQ, we know one thing for sure: falling for a fictional character is a 100% real phenomenon. That’s why we’ve decided to start spotlighting some of our most eligible book boyfriends—the ones readers can’t stop talking about. Why? Because the only thing better than crushing on a fictional character is getting your friends to join in.
This week, we’re talking about Tim Mason from Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To.
Who is Tim?
Well, if we’re talking about Tim as we meet him in My Life Next Door, Tim is Nan’s troublemaking brother. Meaning he’s the boy most likely to find the liquor cabinet, to need a liver transplant, and maybe even to drive his car into a house. By the time we meet Tim again in The Boy Most Likely To, he’s in the process of pulling his life together. He’s the charming, self-deprecating, redheaded who means well, even when the odds are stacked against him. He’s the boy most likely to be your next book boyfriend.
Why should Tim be your book boyfriend? We’re glad you asked.
- He knows that certain things in life are worth it.
“Why don’t I scare you?” she asks.
“You do. You’re scary as hell,” I assure her. “But that works for me. Completely.”
- His firm belief in simple—yet very important—concepts.
“It’s not rocket science, Nan. You show someone they matter to you—do whatever it takes to show that.”
- His commitment to the cause.
“I kiss her back, skim one thumb slowly down her spine, the other hand hesitating at her waist for only one inhale before I press my palm hard against her soft skin, turn her to face me more fully, pull her all the way into my lap, bend all I have into all of her.
We’re in a Volkswagen and I’m six three. The fine German engineering of the People’s Car was not engineered for this. Still, there’s no freaking way I’m gonna stop and request a more comfortable situation. Even if my legs are wedged under the glove compartment and my rib cage is about to be cracked by the gearshift.”
I mean, don’t just take our word for it—let’s see what the internet has to say!
My favorite fictional boy this year is Tim Mason from Huntley Fitzpatrick’s The Boy Most Likely To. 🙈🙈🙈 pic.twitter.com/ulJkawHCwd
— Dawn (@dawnlanuza) December 31, 2015
“[Tim Mason is] also The Boy Most Likely To prove them all wrong… and The Boy Most Likely To win your heart.” https://t.co/ZF7kv2S43F
— Casey Blackwell (@The_BookishType) August 19, 2015
I just finished The Boy Most Likely to 😍 My heart is very happy with the story of Tim💙. Thank you @HuntleyFitz 💞 It was beautiful.
— banana elephant ∞ (@staywithmebooks) August 17, 2016
Escaping from this rainy day to the summer of romance in Stony Bay with @HuntleyFitz‘s The Boy Most Likely To pic.twitter.com/doHT692mx4
— Emily Finn (@EmzFinn) July 27, 2016
On page 180 of The Boy Most Likely To, by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I love tim so much!! https://t.co/FLZgV7qnnk
— Blue Sargent (@_perseph0ne_) July 26, 2016
37. THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO by Huntley Fitzpatrick made the bad boy meets good girl romance WORK in a way that felt fresh.
— Julie (@DailyJulianne) July 7, 2016
The Boy Most Likely To is my summer crush <3 @mykindabook @HuntleyFitz https://t.co/DXz5CFSHes
— The Beauty of Lit (@Emmaswriting) June 22, 2016
💙 Just finished The Boy Most Likely To by @HuntleyFitz – can confirm it’s as awesome as first 2! #YA fiction for intelligent readers. 💙
— Vanessa (@petalandmortar) June 12, 2016
@jackieleawrites I’m so glad 🙂 PS-I just read The Boy Most Likely To & loved it. I heart Tim & Cal so much! It made me excited to read..
— Kristin Routh (@McRouth) March 29, 2016
Suggested first date with Tim?
Hit the beach with Tim! He’d be down for just about anything—hanging out, making out, running, or even helping you babysit if your responsibilities simply can’t be ignored.
8 out of 10. Great flirtation builds a slowburn romance that pays off in a big way at the end.
Ready to meet Tim for real? Start reading The Boy Most Likely To!