Series: Boy #1
Published by Avon on October 11, 2012
To: You (you)I entered the re-read challenge at the start of this year and so far have been failing miserably, but I have found myself coming back to old favorites from time to time when the mood strikes and this time was the chance for "The Boy Next Door". I have to say that I was very nervous about it, because this is an old favorite of mine, I think I read it the first time when I was about 11 or 12 and re-read it obsessively during my teen years so to say that I was desperate to it to hold up my good memories of it is an understatement. Of course, this being one of the old Meg Cabot books I had nothing to worry about.
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This book is a perfect one sitting reading since is wrote on the form of e-mails, making the reading experience very easy to follow and engaging. One think that surprised me was how hilarious I thought this was this time around, I found myself laughing out loud at so many times - I don't know if I just didn't remembered this aspect or if I didn't understood a lot of these passages when I was younger.
Mel is definitely one of my favorite heroines by Meg, she is smart and funny and wit, also obsessed with celebrity and always search for a excuse to buy new clothes, she knows shit about coking and drink bears and just and all around person - I really love how feminist her character sounds without ever being preachy. Actually all this book has such a feminist tone, I just love how I could see on this re-read how much Meg Cabot influenced on my way of thinking when I was growing up with her heroines without me ever noticing, just flawless.
The romance is just as cute as I remembered. John is such a sweet guy and I loved everything about him and the build up of their relationship, from their insta-attraction to their actually being together was just completely cheese and I loved every second of it.
We also kind of have a mystery on this one, but let me tell you it's very subplot and only at the start and the ending that it really matters to the story, this is mostly a romance but still it was nice to have the mystery to break from it at times.
I'm glad to report that "The boy next door" is still a favorite of mine and I think it will continue this way for a very long time. Super recommend this one if you like sweet romances, is looking for a book wrote on a different format and/or is looking for a quickly funny read.