Craig Hansen wrote stories from an early age, but when his SF short story, "The S.S. Nova," was published in the Minnesota Writers In the School COMPAS program's 1981 anthology of student writing, When It Grows Up, You Say Goodbye To It, he decided to dedicate himself to writing. Several unpublished novels and short stories followed. Hansen earned two degrees at Minnesota State University at Mankato under the mentorship of young adult novelist Terry Davis, who oversaw and approved an earlier version of Most Likely as his master's degree creative thesis. In the years that followed, Hansen worked a variety of jobs related to writing, including editorial work at a small publishing house, holding a position as a Web site editor, and five years in journalism in northwestern Wisconsin, where he earned several state awards for his writing and editing. His work has appeared in the Meadowbrook Press anthology, Girls to the Rescue, Book 1, as well as the true crime journal, Ripper Notes, in volume 28. Most Likely is his first novel. Hansen currently lives in Minnesota with his wife, a dog, a cat, and his 88-year-old father, a World War II veteran. He remains hard at work on his next novel, Ember, a paranormal suspense novel expected later this year that marks the beginning of a series aimed at young adults, as well as several short novels and other projects, including some nonfiction theological books. His interests include the music of Johnny Cash, reading the novels of other independent authors, blogging, and the study of Messianic theology.
Most Likelyby Craig Hansen
Becky Howard is a teen under pressure. Pressure from her best friend not to breathe a word about the abuse she's suffering by her mother. Pressure from her sister to understand her marital difficulties. Pressure from her boyfriend to get more physical than she's ready for. And pressure from the rumors about her boyfriend that are eroding her trust in him. As she… See more details below
Becky Howard is a teen under pressure. Pressure from her best friend not to breathe a word about the abuse she's suffering by her mother. Pressure from her sister to understand her marital difficulties. Pressure from her boyfriend to get more physical than she's ready for. And pressure from the rumors about her boyfriend that are eroding her trust in him. As she prepares for the biggest track meet of her life, Becky's about to learn that sometimes growing up is about more than having sex, and that clinging to ideals might not be as helpful as learning to expect whatever is MOST LIKELY.
MOST LIKELY is approximately 63,000 words long and contains light Christian themes.
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First, I want to say I beta read this book before it was published. I also read the final published version before writing this review. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I'm not a huge fan of sports, so having track being a central theme in the book might have been a turn off for me. However, I was quickly drawn into the story because of the main character's friend who was being abused. I found myself wanting to know if Becky was going to tell anyone about the abuse, if something bad was going to happen to her friend, and how it would all end. As I read, I found myself really liking Becky. She was christian, but faced things that we all face. She didn't always go to church, she struggled a little with her faith, and how to keep her values in this day and age when peer pressure is strong. I found myself rooting for her. The story didn't seem to me to be a christian story, to me it was more a story about a girl who was christian and that was just part of the story. I never felt like the author was trying to push an agenda. To me, this story is about a girl who has a lot of things happen to her, and how she deals with these things. I thought the ending was symbolic, but I won't say more than that because I don't want to spoil anything.
I loved the characters in this book, they seemed very real. Your heart will ache for the main character and the challenges that she faces. Check it out, you won't want to put it down.
Hansen did a great job dealing with teen drama and there was a lot in this book. Abuse, peer pressure, infidelity and issues dealing with faith to name a few. I really empathized with Tammy Jo. Becky is an amazingly strong character who faces more than anyone should. She comes out better than could be expected. The story was realistic and flowed well. I look forward to reading more from this author.
I guess I will address the style of writing first. It was so smooth and fluid that I believe even reluctant readers or those with reading difficulties will be able to pick up this book , read and enjoy it. I don't know if it was just his style of writing or because I am a teacher that I was able to slip into the story and identify with these teens. Either way he is an author to watch out for. As a teacher I see the pressures teens are under every day. No matter what your religious beliefs, teens all face the same pressures. They must deal with friendships, and decisions about their behavior in all situations. Most teens see themselves as invincible. The bad things won't happen to them. I became a Christian as a child of eight years old. I can tell you that I faced the same pressures as my friends who were not Christians. Chris Hansen has crafted a realistic story that shows just some of the pressures your typical teen may face. He then throws in the pressure of abuse, keeping secrets, family problems and the emotions of dealing with all of these issues. I had difficulty stopping for anything while reading this book. I look forward to it coming out in physical form so that I can add it to my shelves at school. Although many people who read this might not think it is a book that should be placed in middle schools because of the topic of sexual pressure, I disagree. In the last three years I've known at least four middle school students who made bad choices and got pregnant. A book like this lets the reader know that the feelings are normal but that everything in life comes down to choices. The way the main character handled all of the situations she was faced with, made it extremely believable. It did not portray her as this super human teen able to conquer any problem thrown at her. It showed the emotional roller-coaster she was on. I not only look forward to reading more by this author, I plan on telling everyone I know about his work. I really enjoyed the light Christian theme. So many times our teens feel like they are in the world alone faced with decisions they don't want to make. Christian or not this book fills that gap. Anytime a book can bring out the emotions this book brought out in me, it goes high on my list.