Review: The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

Boy Next DoorThe Boy Next Door By Meg Cabot

  • ISBN-13: 9780060845544
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 400
  • Source: Purchased

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My Thoughts:

The format in which The Boy Next Door was written is by far one of the most interesting styles, leave it to Meg Cabot to come up with something different and unique.  This entire book is written in emails between different characters and nothing else.  It makes the character development and plot so different that a book written in typical style.  The only way you get to know each person is by how they written and respond to emails.  I loved it!  I was not sure how I would feel but I really did like this style so glad I tried it.

The story itself was okay.  It was about woman, a NY Journal page 10 gossip columnist, who finds her elderly next door neighbor after she has been attacked and finds away to make contact with her only living relative.  This relative does not want to deal with his aunt’s pets and convinces an old friend to go and pretend to be him.  The problem occurs when the two falls for each other but the girl has no idea who he really is.  The story goes through all of the emails between each person and trying to figure out who attacked the older woman.  It was funny and quick witted but there was not a whole lot to it.

My Rating:

3 Penguins 🙂