Book Reviews of The Boy Next Door (Boy, Bk 1)

The Boy Next Door (Boy, Bk 1)
The Boy Next Door - Boy, Bk 1
Author: Meg Cabot
ISBN-13: 9780060096199
ISBN-10: 0060096195
Publication Date: 10/1/2002
Pages: 374
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 278 ratings
Publisher: Avon Trade
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
This is a typical example of the new genre called Chic Lit. It is light reading, fast moving, easy to understand, and entertaining, but not juvenile. The book is about a journalist for the NY Journal and her day to day life with her coworkers. She is a very feisty gal who you will be very fond from the beginning. The entire book is written in the format of Emails between Mel and her coworkers, who include, her best friend, the food critic, her boss, the office gossip, a openly gay office employee, and others. She meets Mr. Right under the most unusual cirmcumstances and though they are both are crazy about the other, the relationship is strained from the beginning because the boyfriend has misrepresented himself from the beginning. The plot of the story leads the reader thru the development of their relationship, and the predicament of how they deal with the discovery of the initial deception. I highly recommend this book for a fun, refreshingly light hearted book with a good ending.
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Helpful Score: 7
The Boy Next Door is a hilarious and very fast read. I literally read it in less than a day. The sequal (Boy Meets Girl) I did not find quite as good, but that may be because I had read this one first. The format (all told in email) was very different than other books I've read and this is definately one you want to read to take your mind of deep thoughts and intense novels. Meg Cabot's books just all seem to be very good and worth the money and time spent!
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Helpful Score: 3
Love this book and the others in the boy series!!! The email style of writing is so great! You can read in short bursts if needed, but you won't want to. I found myself thinking I had only read a couple of pages but had actually read 20-30. Great writing style with a story that grabs you and won't let go.
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Helpful Score: 3
Another great story by the author of the Princess Diaries. This is one of her "grown up" books but it's clean so anyone can read it.
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Helpful Score: 2
A young NYC newspaper writer falls for her next-door neighbor's nephew, but he may not be who he appears to be. Told entirely by emails, letters and a newspaper story.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was another of Meg Cabot's books written entirely in e-mails. It was cute, and not completely predictable, which is a nice change of pace for chick lit. It was a nice quick read. Without the chapters, it's really easy to put the book down and then pick it back up on any page.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very cute book! I loved the way it was written entirely in email form. That made it very fun to read. Very funny! Highly recommended if you want a fun book that entertains but doesn't require much thought. Great for the beach or just relaxing and vegging out.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a cute chick lit book. It's not REALLY that believeable, but it's cute. It's fast reading because it's all in email format.
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Helpful Score: 1
I questioned reading a book that was all in email format but it was great!! It was as if you are reading through someone's personal email box and that made the book very intriguing.
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Helpful Score: 1
What a clever book! This is a cute, funny, light romantic comedy-type novel all told through a series of emails. Just one more great book from Meg Cabot!
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Helpful Score: 1
Fantastic. Finished it and turned around to read it all over again.
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Helpful Score: 1
I never read books in a series out of order, and since this time I did, I feel as if I ought to re-read Boy Meets Girl, even though I have 150+ other books on my to-be-read list. At any rate, this book was entertaining, but it lacked two enjoyable features of the other book: dessert recipes, and an evil boss. And since I read the second book three months ago, I am not entirely sure how many characters appeared in both books, which gave me an annoyingly vague sense of deja vu: I couldn't remember which characters I had met before, or what happened to them in the second book.
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Helpful Score: 1
It was kind of weird, because it is written all in e-mail, but- after you get used to it, it was very good. I laughed out loud a couple of times.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very quick, fun read. This was a very enjoyable "fluff" book. Great book to read by the pool or at the beach. Also a great book for a long car/plane ride. You can get it done in literally a few hours.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very cute and a quick read. Told all through emails it follows a gossip columnist when her neighbor ends up in the hospital.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book and a quick read. It's perfect if you want something fun!!
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Helpful Score: 1
what a fun read this was! Written in an unusual style (entirely through email correspondence), the story catches your interest early on and then doesn't let go. Both of my parents read it in one sitting. I had a lot of interruptions, but read it in only a few days, a first for me! Amusing, touching, and dramatic, all rolled into one book. Highly recommended!
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Very cute and an easy read. It consists of emails between co-workers and friends.
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Fast, funny read!
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This was a cute book. I liked the format it was in - kinda like reading someone else's emails. Of course, who doesn't love a happy ending?
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What a fun read. The format took a little to get used to as it is all in emails. I would recomend this to any one who likes a light fun read.
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Interesting idea! Fun book.
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This book is a quick read! very cute!
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Fast, fun read. A little like reading someone's emails that have been left on the printer. I very much enjoyed the email style. I just put the next book in this series on my wish list - I hear it's more email, but also text messages, IMs, etc. I'm also going to look into other Meg Cabot books.
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I love all of Meg Cabot's books-they are soo funny and hard to put down.
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A funny and fast read!
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fun book done in all e-mails. Good Beach read.
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An easy read - finished it in a day or so - the only part I didn't like is that the entire book is emails written between the characters. Nice summer read though.
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cute book, quick read
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Another fun read from Meg Cabot, told through various emails. And like the rest, it ends happily, just as I wanted it to, and I feel happier for reading it. A little cheese, a lot of fluff, but a nice break from everything else going on in my life.
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a good, fast read, wonderful for road trips!
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Different but good.
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very funny, cute, with a few twists and turns...
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A fun quick read! This book is written in email format which was easy to read and as addictive as reading your own email!
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the story is told through a series of emails between the characters. the format just made it difficult for me to get into.
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Very Cute story about a girl who is looking for the man who
hurt her next door neighbor

It is a continuation ( sort of) to A Boy Meets Girl also by Meg Cabot
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Very good book!
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Amusing story. Made me laugh at times.
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Author of "The Princess Diaries" with her debut book--adult contemp.
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A new age book written in all email format. Very funny
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I really loved this book. It was a quick (1 day) read for me, but it was worth the read. It's written in email form and is very entertaining.
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Nice easy read; great for the beach!
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I flew through this book! I started reading and couldn't put it down! What a great book - I loved how the whole book is in email format. There are a bunch of laughs in this book.
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I wasn't sure I would like the e-mail format this was written but I really did! Fast enjoyable read! Moving on to the next one...
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Cute chick-lit book. I actually laughed out loud more than a few times. :)
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From the Kelly Ripa Book Club: A hilarious story of a New York gossip columnist with journalistic aspirations, romantic complications, and one very large problem: what to do with her comatose neighbor's Great Dane. For Melissa Fuller, the path to true love is riddled with a pretentious ex-boyfriend, a best friend who's marrying into a crazy Italian family, nosy coworkers, and a boss who might fire her at any minute. If that's not enough, there's the mystery of who bonked her elderly neighbor on the head, and whether the neighbor's nephew is the man of her dreams or just a bad nightmare. This zany romantic caper is truly a novel for the 21st century!
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very good
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This is one of the best books I have ever read!
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loved it
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Good, fun read. *****
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This quick read is perfect for any chick lit fan. Cabot manages to take a difficult format and make it engaging, romantic, and interesting.
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From Publishers Weekly
In her debut adult novel, Cabot (known for her extremely successful young adult fiction series the Princess Diaries, published under the name Meg Cabot) relies entirely on highly amusing e-mails to tell a fetching meet-cute story. New York City gossip columnist Melissa Fuller is known for being obsessive about Winona Ryder, dating the wrong men and being tardy for work. Arriving particularly late one morning, she explains to her colleagues at the New York Journal that she was detained by the attempted murder of her elderly next-door neighbor, Mrs. Friedlander, who is in a coma. Always the good girl, Mel has volunteered to take care of Mrs. Friedlander's many pets until the neighbor's nephew Max, a famous fashion photographer, can be reached. Her co-workers warn her about Max, a notorious lady's man. Contrary to the gossip, when she meets Max he is down to earth, funny and kind. Despite the strange fact that he likes to be called John and appears to be between photo shoots, she begins to date him and learns that he shares her love for Stephen King novels and natural disasters. It doesn't take long for her to fall head over heels, or for Mel's mom to write, "Get a ring on your finger before you uncross those legs, sweetie." When a mysterious e-mail arrives explaining that there is more to her beau than meets the eye, she is duly upset and uses the power of her pen to get even. But when Mrs. Friedlander's attacker returns, will Mel and Max be able to put their differences aside to catch a killer? Full of clever e-mail banter and tongue-in-cheek humor, this cheeky novel should be enjoyed in one sitting.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Absolutely LOVED this book. Literally applauded as I was reading it. Told completely in emails, it was a light, fun, quick, and fabulous read with likable characters and great style.
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From the author of The Princess Diaries comes her debut adult contemporary book. Includes humor, romance, cooking tips, Great Danes, heroines in peril, and dolphin-shaped driftwood sculptures.
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I love Meg Cabot-- quick and easy read!
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Fun chic lit!
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I always give books 100 pages. I began to read this series and it started out with an email. I started to read and I found the whole book was email correspondences back and forth. I was done by page 4. It may be a great book and series but reading emails in a book form is not for me.

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1. The Boy Next Door (2002) aka The Guy Next Door
2. Boy Meets Girl (2004)
3. Every Boy's Got One (2004)
4. The Boy Is back (2016)