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[[ Read Kindle ]] Ã The Boy Next Door Á To: You youFrom: Human Resources humansources@thenyjournalSubject: This BookDear Reader,This is an automated message from the Human Resources Division of the New York Journal, New York City’s leading photonewspaper Please be aware that according to our records you have not yet read this book What exactly are you waiting for? This book has it all:HumorRomanceCooking tipsGreat DanesHeroine in perilDolphinshaped driftwood sculpturesIf you wish to read about any of the above, please do not hesitate to head to the checkout counter, where you will be paired with a sales associate who will work to help you buy this bookWe here at the New York Journal are a team We win as a team, and lose as one as well Don’t you want to be on the winning team?Sincerely, Human Resources Division New York JournalPlease note that failure to read this book may result in suspension or dismissal from this store*********This email is confidential and should not be used by anyone who is not the original intended recipient If you have received this email in error please inform the sender and delete it from your mailbox or any other storage mechanism********* This book has earned its place as my new most embarrassing book to read in public to date I made a special point to fold the pages of this book over, hiding the cheesy cover which seemed to scream the announcement “Yes I read mindless, fluffy chicklit!” I guess I wouldn’t have been so embarrassed to be reading this book if it had not been for the general low quality of the entire concept The Boy Next Door is a romantic story Mel, young gossip columnist for a New York newspaper, who ends up falling in love with John, a crime reporter and all around cool guy from a wealthy family…only get this, due to totally pointless and silly circumstances, John is forced to conceal his real identity from Mel, resulting in a web of lies Oh yeah and did I mention that the entire novel is told through emails to and from the main characters and their friends? Yup Are you starting to understand my embarrassment in reading this book?So there’s several problems with this book, most of which can be summed up by the statement that another reader scrawled on the title page of the copy I read from the public library: “This book is stupid.” Meg Cabot has written many young adult novels, some of which I’ve enjoyed in the same fluffy, don’t make me think kind of way that I had hoped to enjoy this one Only, The Boy Next Door is not a YA novel It’s sort of awkwardly in the middle The characters are in their mid to late twenties and appear to have grown up careers, apartments, etc They are supposed to be adults…albeit young ones The real problem with The Boy Next Door (aside from the obvious fact that it is written in the whole email format!) is that the characters behave like teenagers It makes little sense why grown ups, with real problems, real jobs, and real life experience, would act so silly Even teenagers would havesense than the characters in this book! The main problem of the book (the mistaken identity thing) isn’t the least bit plausible because any grown man like John would have cleared up the whole silly thing immediately Almost all of the problems in this book stem from that The characters feel very one dimensional and are either extremely stupid or extremely immature, neither of which works out to an enjoyable novel At the same time, I did read this cover to cover, perhaps because it was the only book in my bag while I was riding the train last week or perhaps because, even though I felt insulted as a reader by this book, I ended up getting a tiny bit sucked into the inane story…just to see where it went. I'm rather curious to know who the murderer is but I just can't readof the willtheywon'tthey romantic relationship covered in lies And the office gossip and drama is over the top The format epistolary is what drew me in, but everything else slowly drew me out. Well it is almost 1 o'clock and I just finished this book I couldn't put it down I really enjoyed it! I gave it 5 stars, the definition for 5 stars is it was amazing and I probably wouldn't say that because I don't think you can say that chic lit is amazing If I had to give it a score out of 10 I would give it a 9 1/2 only a couple things bothered me, first there is swearing not much though but that always bothers me it really isn't necessary and the other thing is really stupid but the main character (Mel) calls her mom and dad mommy and daddy, I don't know, something about an adult doing that just is weird to me, so every time in the book she did it I cringed But despite those 2 things it was just a really fun easy read which I am all about there is enough crap in this crazy world I would rather read a feel good love story I loved it also because it is was so different from other books It is written all in emails, which you think might not carry the story very well but it did I keep thinking ok oneemail and I'm going to bed But I really couldn't put it down Thank you Sarah for the suggestion! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. When I'm asked what my favorite book is, this always comes into my head because I was just so entertained I don't know how Meg Cabot did an allemail book and make it so amazing She is definitely a talented author!