Review of the book “The least probable girl”
I never knew I would appreciate comedy in written form; the art of stand-up has been successfully delivered through an in-person or visual / audio experience, but The least likely girl was a wonderful way to explore this joyful experience on the page.
The least likely girl by Katy Loutzenhiser is a fun review of popular fiction tropes, especially those found in the novel genre. We follow our reserved protagonist, 17-year-old Gretchen Wilder, as she navigates one of the most horrific events that can happen to a young adult: falling in love with none other than her best friend, Sam. things, he soon leaves the state for New York. In an attempt to distract herself from her woes, Gretchen accompanies her sister and their cousin to the Chuckle Parlor for a night of laughter and drinking.
After her cousin steals her roommate’s ID card, the three girls work to transform Gretchen into the eccentric double-bun Princess Leia wearing red glasses and Sabrina Martin to hide Gretchen’s underage status. What was supposed to be a night of drinking and comedy turns into a huge case of mistaken identity as Gretchen finds herself in a stand-up competition under her alter ego’s name and grabs the bad boy’s attention. resident, Jeremy. However, the deeper she gets into her double life, the less Gretchen wants to let her go. Gretchen must find out who she really is when she isn’t acting as Sabrina Martin, and The least likely girl follows her journey in accepting herself, chasing stories worth telling and maybe even finding love.
Transferring the art of stand-up comedy into a written experience could easily have gone wrong. As the title of the practice suggests, the stand-up is the best visual (and sometimes audio) medium to best entertain an audience. Yet Loutzenhiser’s sense of comedic timing in The least likely girl works for this new approach to comedy in fiction.
I loved reading the outline and vague definition of the various literary tropes at the start of each chapter; it was a wonderful way to predict what to expect in the pages to come, while still being pleasantly dazzled to see them come to fruition. I can’t get enough of ‘Did you lie all the time?’ and “Best Friend Crush” scenes in books and movies, and I loved seeing how Loutzenhiser tied all of these popular tropes together into a cohesive and heartwarming plot.
Gretchen Wilder reminded me a lot of myself in high school, and I feel like a lot of young adults are going to identify with her the same way. Maybe not in the case of fancifully participating in a stand-up contest, but I’m definitely related to the impulse to forge a false identity on you because you believe people like this character better, by the adjusting to the point where you even believe that personality is who you are. Everyone goes through a hard journey of self-esteem; some reach this point earlier than others in life, and it can be a very lonely and painful experience. Again, The least likely girl, despite all the elements of hilarity and youthful love in the novel, really brings this struggle to light and offers the hope that self-acceptance can make itself known in everyone’s life, even if it doesn’t seem to be. the case at the moment.
If you’re looking for a book that will fill your night with laughter, love, and uplifting messages of self-esteem, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of The least likely girl today!
The least likely girl by Katy Loutzenhiser was published on June 29, 2021.