Boy Next Door

Boy Next Door

by Meg Cabot


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060096199
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Series: Boy Series , #1
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 442,826
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.


New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana


B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Boy Next Door

By Meg Cabot

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Meg Cabot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060845546

To: Mel Fuller
From: Human Resources
Subject: Tardiness

Dear Melissa Fuller,

This is an automated message from the Human Resources Division of the New York Journal, New York City's leading photo-newspaper. Please be aware that according to your supervisor, managing editor George Sanchez, your workday here at the Journal begins promptly at 9 AM, making you 68 minutes tardy today. This is your 37th tardy exceeding twenty minutes so far this year, Melissa Fuller.

We in the Human Resources Division are not "out to get" tardy employees, as was mentioned in last week's unfairly worded employee newsletter. Tardiness is a serious and expensive issue facing employers all over America. Employees often make light of tardiness, but routine lateness can often be a symptom of a more serious issue, such as

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To: Mel Fuller
From: Nadine Wilcock
Subject: You are in trouble

Mel, where were you? I saw that Amy Jenkins from Human Resources skulking around your cubicle. I think you're in for another one of those tardy notices. What is this, your fiftieth?

You better have a good excuse this time, because George was saying a little while ago that gossip columnists are a dime a dozen, and that he could get Liz Smith over here in a second to replace you if he wanted to. I think he was joking. It was hard to tell because the Coke machine is broken, and he hadn't had his morning Mountain Dew yet.

By the way, did something happen last night between you and Aaron? He's been playing Wagner in his cubicle again. You know how this bugs George. Did you two have another fight?

Are we doing lunch later or what?

Nad :-)

To: Mel Fuller
From: Aaron Spender
Subject: Last night

Where are you, Mel? Are you going to be completely childish about this and not come into the office until you're sure I've left for the day? Is that it?

Can't we sit down and discuss this like adults?

Aaron Spender
Senior Correspondent
New York Journal


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Boy Next Door 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 264 reviews.
Ice_Would_Suffice More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it had lots of Cabot's signature snappy dialogue. The only drawback for me was that the whole book was in e-mails. However this also made it quick read. Overall a funny original good time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i've read this book over 15 times at this point and it never fails to entertain me. my mom had given it to me as a birthday present a few years ago, and it's been my favorite ever since. the storyline is easy to follow, but far from boring. excellent book :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Boy Next Door is about a girl named Mel and what¿s cool is that the book is told in emails. Mel¿s neighbor, Mrs. Friedlander, gets conked on the head by a mysterious someone, and Mel feels bad for her, so she is voluntarily taking care of her pets. Then after a while the pets start interfering with Mel¿s life, and she decides to email Mrs. Friedlander¿s only relative, Max Friedlander. He¿s busy in the Florida Keys with his supermodel girlfriend, so he asks his buddy, John Trent, to take his place for him for a while until his Aunt conks out for good. Well, Mel believes John really is Max and the two fall in love, but just as things are turning out to be perfect, a lot of changes take place for Mel, John, and Max, and the mystery of who hit Mrs. Friedlander is finally solved. This book is very interesting and is probably the type of book girls would like to read I never wanted to put it down. I rate it a 9 out of 10, because there¿s always some room for improvement!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book written by Meg or Megin Cabot is perfect. It is basically just the right mixture of Greif, Love, Humor, and Peril. If you like these like these things, I strongly recommend this book. It is one of the best things she has ever written. It is in the form of e-mails so just be sure to read who it's to and from. Also read the Subject and then the e-mail otherwise you'll be lost.
Kelly Pagniello More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing and occassionally makes you laugh a little yet in other parts i was weeping well done the only thing is it is ten dollars for a book you will read once
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never read a book unless its a amazingly great book or/and a book you cannot put down and this is one of them! My fav book EVER! Trust me its better then twilight
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a sap for a cute gimmick in a book; this book has one: it is written totally in e-mails. Lots of fun if you aren't expecting Shakespeare.
kimbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A light, fun read. I really liked Mel; she was a character I could relate to. Near the end I realized I already read the book last summer. I was surprised at how well Cabot not only wrote the book in e-mails but made every e-mail believable. Lots of humour making it a good piece of chick-lit!
mcelhra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Boy Next Door is told entirely in emails between the characters. It's copy-written in 2002 so the characters all have dial-up and can't email and talk on the phone at the same time. It was pretty funny to realize how much technology has changed in just eight years. Anyway, having the story told entirely in emails made the story flow a little awkwardly at times. I definitely had to suspend reality when I found myself wondering if someone would really write an email with that much detail and just go with it.The story is a combination romance and cozy mystery. Melissa Fuller is a single New York writer. The little old lady that lives next door to her is mysteriously attacked and a man claiming to be her nephew comes to live in his aunt's apartment to take care of her pets while she's in the hospital.The mystery plot line of who attacked the aunt kept me guessing for most of the book. The romance plot line was lacking a little something for me. I think the email format kept the chemistry between Melissa and her boyfriend from coming across as well as it would have with a regular format.I listened to the audio book version of this book. The format of this book made it awkward for an audio book because the narrator had to read the subject, sender's email address and recipient's email address for every email. Also, there is a gay character that the narrator voices in a completely over the top and very annoying manner. I think if I would have read the paper version of this book it would have gotten four stars.
rbtwinky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun, quick read. It wasn¿t terribly original or anything special, but for pulp fiction it did just fine. The romantic lead reminded me a bit too much of Carter from ER (trust kid living like a normal middle-class person, first name is John, Grandma is too much in his life and trying to get him a woman), but the main character and her gabby best friend were fun. Oh yeah, and the e-mail format was a welcome change and very fluid. The reconciliation part was too fast and easy. You knew they were going to get back together, but that¿s supposed to be the best part of the movie (book, I mean book!).
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute and funny, and incredibly fast read.
noirem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ah, the modern epistolary romance*! This one is conducted entirely via email and is quite charming. As with all epistolary stories, there's a certain level of incredulity that people would sit around typing all this stuff up, though every romance comes with a certain incredulity threshold so this isn't particularly an obstacle. I like the email style, in part, because it takes so much less time to write a quick little email (say an hour) than long rambling letters (staying up all night) and the book takes place over a span of -months- so you don't have to imagine that they're writing all night, every night, like, for instance, Richardson's "Pamela".The problems I had with the email style were that A) the subject lines were frequently the first half of the first sentence of the email. That's not how I write emails, that's not how the people with whom I correspond write emails, and, quite frankly, I usually didn't read the subject line until I realized I'd missed half the sentence and had to go back; B) one of the minor characters kept overhearing the protagonist and her best friend discussing things in the bathroom (they all work together) except we, the readers, know what they were discussing because they'd just exchanged detailed emails about it. Who writes an email, writing out everything in detail, and then runs off to the bathroom to repeat all the same information? One of those two exchanges should be scarce on details, either a shorter "meet me in the bathroom so I can tell you everything" email or a bathroom conversation that doesn't bother to repeat everything all over again. Also, wouldn't you, eventually, start looking to see if any of the stalls are occupied?But I did enjoy the story, and I believed that the characters got to know each other over a span of time and fell in love. This is as opposed to the subsequent novels :o)*Part of me really wants to write an essay comparing modern epistolary romances to those of the late 18th century (Richardson, Burney, et al). I should possibly track down more modern examples, by other authors.
sunshine3veryday on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book of e-mails based on the life of mel is a fun book to read. This book shows diffrent perspectives. THat includes her boss,ex-boyfriend, nosy colleages, and the man that is pretending to be max freelander. I could not put this book down. This book grasped my attention with its quik humorouse, and believable background.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this last in the series - but the series is so loosely connected that it didn't really make much difference, although if I could have remembered these characters from book number 2 I could have found out "what happened next". Also written in epistolary style, which contributes to the humor factor. Just goes to show that you really never should lie!
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first foray into chick lit, and I would call it a success. The Boy Next Door reads like the inspiration material for a romantic comedy - cute and fluffy with moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity. (Seriously, I could see this book being adapted into an awesome movie!) Like a romantic comedy, the main focus is on the relationship between the hero and the heroine with various obstacles that get in the way, a cast of quirky supporting characters, some situational comedy, and a mystery that needs solving thrown in as a backdrop. It¿s light, fun, and romantic, and I finished it in a day.The story is told entirely through email messages, an interesting style that adds humor and suspense, and allows for multiple points of view. The one problem with the email correspondence is that it left me feeling somewhat removed from the real action, especially at the end. When it all gets wrapped up, I felt a little disappointed, like I wanted more out of the story than could be told through emails.But overall, The Boy Next Door is an amusing, entertaining book. It¿s not great literature, but it¿s not supposed to be. It fit my current mood perfectly, and that¿s part of what made it so enjoyable. Though I don¿t think I could take a steady diet of chick lit, I wouldn¿t be opposed to picking up another book like this at some point in the future.
wankorobo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
They say it's easy to read but I didn't think so. Some times made me bored so I had taken more than 2 weeks to read up!But ending was OK.
LoraBee33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you only have a minute or two here and there. You can read a bit here and there until you are really caught up in it. A mystery, but told in emails, and while it takes some patience, it is a lot of fun! I also learned a new technique for sending emails.
dkg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute book all written in e-mail format
sstokman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heavy reading? No. Light and funny? Yes! I laughed aloud and read the whole thing one night. It's written all in emails, too funny! Won't leave you with any deep thoughts, but if you're on vacation and want an entertaining get away, this is the book!
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The epistolary novel is not dead, but now it is email. There were places where straight narrative would have made this story better.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Decided to read this one because I read the sequel first, Boy Meets Girl first. It was very fluffy with an extremely farfetched plot. Cabot, who usually writes YA novels, seems to be confusing teens with adults in her attempts to move away from the YA genre...I said it last time and I'll say it again: stick to Princess Diaries Meg.
sonlie04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is an entire book through email. I love when they have a few emails in the book, but not the ENTIRE BOOK! This is the only "Reading with Ripa" book I've read, and I am not impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read, fun story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual this was a fun and funny read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago