Katie Reads: The Boy Next Door

In a shocking twist, I read an adult novel for the first time in months. I saw it on discount for only $2 and what can I say, I love me some Meg Cabot.


Gossip columnist and single New York City girl Mel lives in the most exciting place in the world, yet she’s bored with her lovelife. But things get interesting fast when the old lady next door is nearly murdered.
Mel starts paying closer attention to her neighbors—what exactly is going on with the cute boy next door?
Has Mel found the love of her life—or a killer?

I had read this many, many years ago but remembered virtually nothing. Luckily, my hazy memory of enjoying it was accurate, as I liked it this time too.

The book is an epistolary novel set up as emails between the main characters. Some of the reviewers I saw were turned off by this, but I thought it really worked here. It helped that Cabot had a unique voice for each character so even if I didn’t check to see who was emailing who I could still tell who the  letter was meant for and who was supposed to have sent it.

It was strange to read about the early 2000s when having an email was not a given (several characters in the book don’t have emails or get ones during the course of the book – can you imagine not having an email these days?), and the internet wasn’t as widely used. The plot couldn’t work these days, as Mel would have googled “Max” and quickly uncovered the main ruse of the book, but as long as you remember when the book was written when reading it, then it shouldn’t bother you, it didn’t bother me.

This is a light, fun read and I stayed up a little late a couple nights running because Meg Cabot’s words are addicting.

I always enjoy Meg Cabot, but never got into Princess Diaries (although I loved the movies). Maybe I should give that another try.

Stay magical readers!


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