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“We didn’t know then that the dramas we imagined weren’t even warm-ups for what real life held for us.” From the fifth grade to their fifth decade, Vaughn, Reenie, Susan, and Audrey share secrets and dreams–their lives connected like silk threads through rich fabric, pulling but never breaking at life’s unexpected twists and turns. Meet the girls most likelyTO WRITE THE GR“We didn’t know then that the dramas we imagined weren’t even warm-ups for what real life held for us.”From the fifth grade to their fifth decade, Vaughn, Reenie, Susan, and Audrey share secrets and dreams–their lives connected like silk threads through rich fabric, pulling but never breaking at life’s unexpected twists and turns. Meet the girls most likelyTO WRITE THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL: Vaughn has a flair for words that makes her the unofficial diplomat of the foursome. She’s great at keeping it together for everybody–but herself.TO MARRY A PRINCE: Sassy Reenie can break hearts as easily as she can take out a bully without breaking a nail. But her live-for-today attitude leads to a tragic mistake that will haunt the girls for years.TO BE FAMOUS: From the ashes of a ravaged home life, amid rumors and bad feelings, Susan rises to fame as a glamorous network anchorwoman, proving that success is the best revenge. But forgiveness is another matter.TO RUN THE WORLD: Audrey is the ultimate overachiever, but this takes a devastating toll on her health, her career, and her family. Perfection is a race where the finish line keeps moving. What will she sacrifice to win?Girls Most Likely is an emotional, uplifting, often hilarious glimpse into the lives of today’s ever-changing African American women, sustained by love, laughter, and sisterhood.Don’t miss the reading group guide in the back of the book....

Title : Girls Most Likely
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ISBN : 9780345464767
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Girls Most Likely Reviews

  • Bridgette Redman
    2019-02-12 08:50

    Sheila Williams’ Girls Most Likely demands an immediate adjective. Something like elegant or compelling or soulful. Perhaps gripping or mesmerizing or enthralling. But while all of those adjectives would work, they must be rejected as inadequate. Girls Most Likely is, indeed, something special. Perhaps that is because it appears to be one thing while slowly revealing itself to be something more. On one level, it is a perfectly ordinary book. It tells the story of four women, four friends, from when they meet in fifth grade to their 30th high school reunion. They maintain a fast friendship, albeit with some pretty major fissures, protecting each other and each other’s secrets. On another level, it’s a richly lyrical and metaphorical book which looks with great affection upon four decades in the lives of four archetypical examples of womanly success. It’s a book of ideas and of relationships. It’s a book about our definitions of success and how we hollow ourselves out in pursuit of those elusive pictures. The four friends, while richly drawn as very human women, are also representative. One could almost map them out on a Myers-Briggs diagram: Vaughn, the INFP, is the writer who glues all the women together. She is an esoteric one who is never quite convinced of her own worthiness, seeing herself as the other women’s shadow, an eloquent observer of their lives. Reenie (Irene), the ESFP, is the blunt dreamer who forges ahead with her plans in a hedonistic fashion. She’s beautiful and sassy, always ready to assert herself oblivious to the effect it might have on others. Su (Susan), ENTJ, is glamorous and her voice impresses people from her childhood on. She is also the lonely child, the one seeking stability and devotion. She’s a beautiful woman who is distrustful and dragged down by her past even as she begins to achieve television stardom. Audrey, ISTJ, is a perfectionist and overachiever, driven to a sterile corporate success by the ghost of her militaristic father. She is fearful of failure and always trying to please. She outwardly portrays perfection, because anything less than that is failure. What becomes magical about this book is that every woman can find something to identify with in one of the characters. No matter what one’s background or personality, one of the women will resonate. And once that resonance occurs, one starts to love the other characters’ through that woman’s eyes. It is a book which explores many themes. Perhaps the most obvious is the one referred to in the title. It isn’t so much about what the girls are, but what they were most likely to be. It takes a hard look at expectations and how the fulfillment of those expectations can drive one in totally unexpected directions and until one changes the picture of one’s expectations, one can suffer from bitterness, loneliness, and paralyzing stress. Eventually, each of them fulfill the “most likely to” tag that they were early on labeled with, but not in the ways that anyone expected. Each had to find that it was not the expectations of childhood and childhood authority figures that mattered, but what they could make of their lives and their relationships. The themes are explored through events that many women struggle with: teenage pregnancy, miscarriages, divorces, anorexia, corporate pressure, jealousy, and loneliness. The book spans from cheerleading tryouts to corporate assassinations, high school dances to grandparenthood. While each woman was distinctly drawn, the narratives were not always as discrete as the characters. The book is divided into four sections—each one told from the viewpoint of a different woman. While this is a nice device, the separate voices came through only in the dialogues, not in the internal reflections. Vaughn, the first and last narrator, saw them all more incisively than they saw themselves. Williams manages to write her book with a delightful lack of bitterness. These are women who have gone through hardships, but there is no railing at the world for their disappointments. In Vaughn’s narrative, she touches upon watershed events that occurred from 1963 forward and talks about how they, almost unnoticing, went from being colored/Negro to black to African American. Rennie observes the stereotyping and condescension Vaughn suffers at college, when professors assume that she was “disadvantaged” because of her skin color. Likewise, Su and Audrey face discrimination, though it is as much from being a woman as it is from being black. While the four women in this book are black, it isn’t a story about black women the way a book by Toni Morrison or Maya Angelou might be. It’s a book about women and the experiences that they share are universal, making them accessible to all women of all races—though primarily to those who grew up in the 60s and 70s in the United States. Girls Most Likely is a poignant book that deserves to stand next to such books as The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Robber Bride in its intensity and insightfulness.

  • Mocha Girl
    2019-02-02 08:44

    Vaughn, Reenie, Su, and Audrey have been friends for over forty years. An unpredicted invitation to their 30-year High School reunion sets in motion a series of flashbacks that takes us back to fifth grade where they first met, and it is here between the pages of their collective trials and tribulations that Girls Most Likely emerges into a wonderfully charming story -- one with a fresh outlook on familiar themes of friendship, sisterhood and loyalty. The four girls possess distinguishing qualities when combined propelling them to the heights of popularity and envy at school and will ultimately lead them to success in their chosen careers. However, behind the walls of confidence and bravado lie insecurities and pain stemming from domestic childhood problems. These issues left unresolved will continue to grow and manifest themselves into life-threatening conditions in adulthood. The girls must rely on inner strength and each other to weather the storms that surface as they enter college, marriage, and motherhood. The four girls must deal with alcoholic, overbearing, and absentee parents, intimate betrayal within their circle and among their spouses. There is also the overwhelming societal pressures to be the "good girls" and live up to the ominous yearbook declarations of the "Girls Most Likely", to write the great American novel (Vaughn), to marry a prince (Reenie), to be famous (Su), and to run the world (Audrey). Williams's story is filled with sweet memories, laugh out loud humor, painful heartbreak, and sisterly love. She blends in the societal pressures and events of the late 1960's (JFK, RFK, MLK assassinations) and 1970's (ERA, Affirmative Action) to expertly tell a believable story filled with amenable characters who I hope we will see again in future novels. Fans of the author will not be disappointed with this offering.

  • OOSA
    2019-01-21 02:40

    Friends Until the End, 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 with everyday living. After making a connection in grammar school, the foursome became the best of friends. They were so close that they each knew the other like the backs of their hands. Can you believe that it's been thirty years since they graduated high school? Vaughn Jones is the bookworm that lacked coordination as well as popularity. However her dreams of someday being a writer were evident. Reenie Keller comes highly regarded by both the boys as well as the girls. She has the potential to marry anyone including Prince Charming himself. Su Penn has a soft tone of voice. Tackled with her looks and popularity, she is definitely shooting for the stars. Audrey Taylor is the sharp dresser and overachiever. There was no room for error; she always had to be the best at whatever it was she did. There wasn't anything that she couldn't attain. Uniquely enough, author Sheila Williams allows the four characters to enlighten the readers with their own perspective of the foursome. From the very beginning, Vaughn introduces us to the friendship. Reenie details the heart wrenching betrayal. Su guides you into the adult years. Then Audrey finalizes that time. GIRLS MOST LIKELY is assembled with a remarkable sisterhood, friendship, love, historical events and forgiveness. It does start out a tad slow for my pace. Reviewed by: Carmen

  • Kathy
    2019-02-11 04:47

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. That is probably because the characters were the same age as I am and had so many of the experiences I went through. It was almost like reading my own life story. That is not to say that it was not without its flaws. It was organized a lot like Terri McMillan's Waiting to Exhale, in fact, it was amazingly similar to 'Exhale' in a lot of ways and that is a negative. However, it was a book that I had trouble putting down and that is an accomplishment. I read so few books like that nowadays :)

  • Angela
    2019-02-13 03:49

    This was a good book,not as good as the other ones. I loved the way Ms. Williams constructed the book, with each character telling a portion of the story. This could be me with a group of friends. Ms. Williams can tell a story. She crafts books as if she is having a conversation with you exclusively. This book was a little slow at times for me. Each of the characters were well developed. I feel like I know them and they are folks I went to high school with.

  • Masika
    2019-02-12 08:53

    I liked this book so much. It was great to read something by a an African American and the story takes place near where I live. It is great to be able to understand where she was coming from as an African American women, but as well as a women in general.

  • Shani
    2019-02-06 07:03

    This is my best friend's mom's book...I've read others so check it out!

  • Sharon
    2019-01-29 01:59

    I really enjoyed this book but I listened to it on audio and the narrator didn't do this book any justice. However it was a great story of friendship, success, failures and love for each other.

  • Tricia G
    2019-01-20 08:05

    Fantastic read! Great storyline and very well written. Believable and very interesting. The characters are very real. Refreshing style.

  • Audrey Jenkins
    2019-02-01 02:42

    Engaging and intimate girlfriend events occur in childhood through the adult years. I grew fond of all characters.

  • Reading Deva
    2019-02-09 06:48

    I went through a roll coaster of emotions, I laugh out loud, I cried, and got mad all with in a matter of minutes. Ms. Williams took me back to my childhood on some of the stories.

  • Kari Pioquinto
    2019-02-07 03:41

    The lives of Vaughn, Reenie, Audrey and Susan came alive with the honesty of love for each other, the hurt we cause each other and the forgiveness we give and accept from each other.

  • Katharine Holden
    2019-02-11 03:40

    Never really gets off the ground and goes anywhere.