The Boy Next Door
When Lowell moves back to his hometown to take care of his ailing mother, the last person he expects to see living in the house next door is his childhood friend Jase, grown up now and more attractive than ever. Jase had starred in many of Lowell's teenage fantasies, but Lowell is convinced Jase is straight. And yet, as they rekindle their friendship, it...more
The Boy Next Door is a sweet romance with the familiar and well...more
This is the kind of story I enjoy ... I love how "down-to-earth" it is. This kind of setting can be boring, becau...more
I liked t...more
Lowell feels almost resigned to the next stage of his life. The one where he returns to a previous phase and revisits those haunts of his childhood home, along with...more
Review posted at The Armchair Reader for Kate McMurray Week!
I tried to read this book once before. It wasn't too long after I first read Kindling Fire with Snow, which I really liked. And… I couldn't make it through the book. Ultimately, I DNFed it and went on. I think, though I remember little of the reason now, I didn't have any real hangups with the book, I just couldn't get into it. And now that I've read all of Kate's backlist, I was eager to try it again. Chances are I...more
I have not much sympathy for characters who struggle to fight for their own happiness. Hence the ending of this story seemed constructed. I really don't get Jase's hesitation to integrate Lowell in his life.
It's a book about family, about coming out, about coming home, about hard decisions and falling in love. The characters are real and distinct but allow a reader to insert herself into the scene a little and feel resonances in her own life. The situ...more