Review * The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

January 24, 2013 Reviews 14 ★★★★

Review * The Boy Next Door by Meg CabotThe Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
Series: Boy #1
Published by Avon on October 11, 2002
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 379
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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!



14 Responses to “Review * The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot”

  1. Leela

    I haven’t read anything about her, please don’t hurt me hehehee ;) but it’s really difficult to find books by her in my library :'( Since you love Meg Cabot (and I trust in your taste) and I’m going to check them out :)

  2. ....Petty Witter

    Great to read that the secondary characters are great as its one of my pet-hates when they are written badly or worse still are seemingly pointless.

  3. Sarah Elizabeth

    I have quite a few meg cabot books that i have never read! I should really get round to them soon! I like that this is written as emails – it sounds quite interesting!

  4. fakesteph

    I LOVE MEG CABOT! She is so fantastic and her books are so… fun. And this being told in e-mails…. Totally has me sold!

  5. Bittner

    Thank you for warning me about the emails. I don’t mind emails in books but when you are listening to the audio versions they read out every little bit of the web addresses and everything. I listened to the audio version of 50 shades of grey and that was one of those things that got really old really fast!
    If I ever read this one I’ll be sure to get the physical book.