Series: Boy #1
Published by Avon on October 11, 2002
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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What I Thought…
- Why oh why did I wait so long to discover Meg Cabot???? Her books are so cute and funny!
- What the synopsis doesn’t tell you: The Boy Next Door is about Mel who discovers her neighbor had been knocked out and left unconscious in her apartment. Mel is taking care of her pets until her neighbors nephew shows up to take over. She falls for the nephew… only the nephew isn’t the nephew.
- The Boy Next Door is told through emails. I thought this would be annoying, but surprisingly it wasn’t. I was however annoyed that there were no chapters. The emails provided good stopping spots, but still, I need chapters. I think the reason why the emails worked so well for me is because they are not just from Mel, but from all the characters, so you get to see the other sides of the story.
- I knew pretty early that I was going to love Mel because we both share a love for disasters. I know that sounds awful but they are just so fascinating! Plus she was a lot of fun and she cared so much, though she was definitely not perfect. Especially when it comes to being on time.
- I really liked John (the fake Max) as well. Even though he was lying to Mel he felt bad about it but couldn’t find the best time to come clean. But you know how it is, the longer you wait to come clean, the harder it is to do it. I loved the emails between him and his sister in law. Hilarious.
- Mel’s best friend (Nan) was great too, both in her emails to Mel and to her fiancé Tony. I loved how Nan would send an email to Mel and then turn around and send one to Tony because she was freaking out about what she said, and if it was too much or too harsh or too nice.
- Mel’s parents have also discovered email and those emails are exactly what you would expect from parents. My favorite one was probably the one where she told Mel that “he’s not going to want to buy the cow when he can get the milk for free.” Gotta love parents!
- The secondary characters were great. There is Dolly, (the co-worker), Max (the real one), Vivica (the supermodel) Aaron (the ex), George (the boss), and a slew of others. All of them great in their own special (and sometimes annoying) way. My favorite was the meddlesome, know it all Dolly.
Overall The Boy Next Door is another Meg Cabot book that I simply adored. If you haven’t read her yet I insist you do so!