This was so much fun I mean, I saw the ending coming from a mile away and it was mega cheesy, but still, SO FUN I can t believe I waited so long to start this series Meg Cabot is my queen What I particularly enjoyed about this book is the originality of the writing style The book is written in a modern epistolary fashion, it develops through the emails the various characters exchange.
The story is witty, there is a little bit of a mystery to solve, which I always enjoy, and the book overall is light and refreshing.
Nevertheless, this was a fun brain candy read, which even if it started to disappoint me after the awesome beginning, was still an okay read that took my mind off of things.
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In a lot of ways this is the best one in the series The reason why, the relationship is the most developed and I love the Trents Though, the Hertzogs are just as amusing but a lot dysfunctional and that s saying something since Daddy Trent is in jail.
I think the style that this book is written in emails, notes, phone messages, etc really works well for it I don t know if it or its sequels would work well in any other style I often wonder if I would ve like her vampire series better if it had been written in this style, because there is really something perfectly done that most authors never can get right but Meg Cabot does.
Yes, there are the typical Cabot tropes that are used throughout the book And yes, there are a lot of shaking your head this is totally unrealistic moments but I don t care There is just so much charm in this book that it makes you smile throughout reading it.
The supporting characters aren t that bad either and they do seem to have their own lives well, some of them Some like Dolly Vargas are definitely one note characters, but their one note ness isn t bad at all I didn t even mind the ditzy model character, Vivica, and her weirdo obsession with driftwood sculptures.
If you like cute light reads that will perk up your mood, you should pick this one up It s not the most serious book by any means, but I wouldn t want it to be serious.
Gossip Columnist And Single New York City Girl Mel Lives In The Most Exciting Place In The World, Yet She S Bored With Her Lovelife But Things Get Interesting Fast When The Old Lady Next Door Is Nearly MurderedMel Starts Paying Closer Attention To Her Neighbors What Exactly Is Going On With The Cute Boy Next Door Has Mel Found The Love Of Her Life Or A Killer I wasn t sure I was going to be able to finish this one because, while there were some things I genuinely liked about the email format in which it was written, the format overall left me wanting The story picked up, however, and I found myself not minding the email format so much After a little while, I found myself engrossed, wanting desperately to find out who attacked the neighbor and whether or not Mel and John would get together OK, so admittedly I knew this was an inevitability since it s a romance novel, but it s still nice reading about those moments I even found myself liking the main character, even though I had very little in common with her.
Mel was cool Yes, she had that stereotypical chick vibe thing going on obsessed with clothes and makeup, bemoaned not having found a man yet despite only being 27, etc , but she was fiery, outspoken, funny, and stood up for herself All of these previously respected personality traits, however, flew out the window when it was made clear that the character possessing them was completely bat shit crazy Mel went absolutely nuts I understand the guy lied to her, I understand she was still feeling the burn of the last time she d been deceived, but come on Even her best friend, finally reaching the point of wanting to strangle Mel, tells her to knock it off or she will succeed in completely chasing off an amazingly good guy who s perfect for her I m not saying women should tolerate lying, but sometimes there are extenuating circumstances and the falsehood and its teller must be evaluated on a case by case basis and handled accordingly Mel wants absolutely nothing to do with rational thought, however, because she s been jilted This was when it stopped being funny for me Up until that point, I d found it hilariousafter that point, I just wanted to scream As relieved as I was that people were calling Mel on her lunacy, I was also greatly disappointed that, when she told them off for trying to help her, they just shrugged their shoulders and moved on I m sorry, if I were trying to help a friend who was losing it, overreacting, and coming dangerously close to destroying what could perhaps be her single chance at happiness and she told me offI would not take that too lightly Being a supportive friend and minding my own business are personal credos of mine, but enabling crazy bitch behavior is definitely not my style On top of that, there was entirely too much conniving and nosy behavior going on in this book for me to truly enjoy it It did, in part, add to the humor a bit, but overall it left me a little uneasy No one really talked to each other in this book and I really respect people who know how to communicate, at least partially, with one another So it s hard to be sympathetic toward characters with whom I hold little to no sympathy That disconnect made this a hollow read for me.
Well let s just say I m neutral like Switzerland.
This book has earned its place as my new most embarrassing book to read in public to date I made a special point to fold the pages of this book over, hiding the cheesy cover which seemed to scream the announcement Yes I read mindless, fluffy chicklit I guess I wouldn t have been so embarrassed to be reading this book if it had not been for the general low quality of the entire concept The Boy Next Door is a romantic story Mel, young gossip columnist for a New York newspaper, who ends up falling in love with John, a crime reporter and all around cool guy from a wealthy family only get this, due to totally pointless and silly circumstances, John is forced to conceal his real identity from Mel, resulting in a web of lies Oh yeah and did I mention that the entire novel is told through emails to and from the main characters and their friends Yup Are you starting to understand my embarrassment in reading this book So there s several problems with this book, most of which can be summed up by the statement that another reader scrawled on the title page of the copy I read from the public library This book is stupid Meg Cabot has written many young adult novels, some of which I ve enjoyed in the same fluffy, don t make me think kind of way that I had hoped to enjoy this one Only, The Boy Next Door is not a YA novel It s sort of awkwardly in the middle The characters are in their mid to late twenties and appear to have grown up careers, apartments, etc They are supposed to be adults albeit young ones The real problem with The Boy Next Door aside from the obvious fact that it is written in the whole email format is that the characters behave like teenagers It makes little sense why grown ups, with real problems, real jobs, and real life experience, would act so silly Even teenagers would have sense than the characters in this book The main problem of the book the mistaken identity thing isn t the least bit plausible because any grown man like John would have cleared up the whole silly thing immediately Almost all of the problems in this book stem from that The characters feel very one dimensional and are either extremely stupid or extremely immature, neither of which works out to an enjoyable novel At the same time, I did read this cover to cover, perhaps because it was the only book in my bag while I was riding the train last week or perhaps because, even though I felt insulted as a reader by this book, I ended up getting a tiny bit sucked into the inane story just to see where it went.