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The Next Door Boys (Next Door Boys #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,674 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
With her body still recovering from last year's cancer treatments, Leigh Tressman is determined to be independent. Despite the interference from her overprotective brother, physical frustrations, and spiritual dilemmas not to mention the ever expanding line of young men ready to fall in love with her Leigh discovers what it actually means to stand on her own and learns tha ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Cedar Fort, Inc.
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Jolene Perry
Jan 15, 2012 Jolene Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My three favorite things about this book?

1. I wrote a Mormon guy whose arms are covered in tattoos, works in a bar, and plays the guitar.

2. I love the relationship between Leigh and her big brother.

3. Leigh is a girl who has such a good sense of life and death and all the big things, but when it comes to guys, she's clueless. SO fun :D
Oct 24, 2011 Sandy rated it it was amazing
The Next Door Boys will make you FEEL an entire gamut of emotions in such a good way. What an unexpectedly touching coming-of-age story.

This book came out of nowhere for me. I started it on a sunny afternoon, looking for some escapist reading and not expecting the depth or powerful message of this story. I cried at least three times, something I rarely do while reading. I felt longing and empathy and oh-so-sweet butterflies. These characters BREATHE. Minor flaws with the writing or plot can be o
Nov 20, 2011 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
I really enjoyed this story. In fact, I stayed up ‘til two in the morning to finish it!

I didn’t realize this was a Latter Day Saint novel until I started reading this story. I have to be honest I was a little apprehensive after I figured it out because in the first pages their religion was a big part. After I started reading on though it became sort of a background part and didn’t take away from the story at all.

Leigh is a nineteen-year old cancer survivor off to BYU to start her first year of c
Oct 30, 2011 Jasprit rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

After looking over the other ratings, I think I’m the only person whose given The Next door boys 2 stars :-| I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately, the last few books I’ve read have been either a complete hit with me or a complete miss!

Leigh was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year, after undergoing intensive chemotherapy and having surgery, she’s finally been told she’s in remission. Since she’s been recovering and gaining her strength back, she’s been cooped up at home with her
Dec 16, 2011 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of this novel. After reading the synopsis and the authors review on, I just knew I was going to love this book, and The Next Door Boys didn’t disappoint. It was a stunning novel with loads of romance and inspiration. The story is sweet, hopeful and realistic. This was one of the best coming of age stories I have ever read. I absolutely adored this novel.

Erica (daydreamer)
This was such a wonderful love story. As promised on the cover, the story of Leigh captured my heart, and my soul. The cover here on Goodreads actually has a different sentence. On my copy it says A love story so powerful it captures more than your heart. It was a beautiful story about a girl finding herself, going out to live in a more liberated world with no overly protective mother hovering over her shoulder every minute of the day. The messages found within made my soul smile. Seeing the cha ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Nov 07, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it it was amazing
This book took my breathe away. If anything bad were to happen to me, I would want faith like this. To hold on to something and not loose sight of it. To just be comfortable with how I am and where I am going is something I adore. I love that Leigh's faith didn't waver. She is beyond her years and I can learn so much from that.

I am going to start with the ending. Yes, I am going backwards. I loved the ending. Not because it was a happily ever after, but a new beginning. Hope after something grea
Laura's Book Addiction
May 04, 2015 Laura's Book Addiction rated it it was amazing
Wow "The Next Door Boys" was one of the best YA books I have read in 2011 with out a doubt. Normaly I know months ahead when a book is comming out but The Next Door Boys I found just a few weeks before Jolene B Perry contacted me and ask me if I wanted an e-ARC as you can tell I was over the moon to read it early. It is just the type of book I love to read.

The story starts with the main character Leigh going off to BYU with her brother Jaroh. Leigh's parents are worried about her going to BYU as
Mike Perry
Oct 01, 2011 Mike Perry rated it it was amazing
Let me just say that my wife (oh yeah) is totally awesome!! So this is a totally biased review and I got to read it before ANYBODY. This is one of the first books that she has written and although I think she just keeps getting better, the characters in this book are some of my favorites. They are so real to me.

This tackles some difficult themes but does so in a realistic (and that doesn't always mean disastrous) way. You care for these people and see, like the book says, that in order to be on
Mar 15, 2013 Limonessa rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-lit, self-pubbed
I dont' know how I got to finish this book. My downright aversion to religion in general should have prevented me from even picking it up.
The fact that I went into it completely ignorant as to the plot and that Jolene Perry tricked me into it by writing other completely unrelated books - paired to the fact that it took me several chapters to figure out what Brigham Uni actually meant - might have helped me to finish it.
Mind, the book is not bad at all, the story is sweet and the guy is hot but
Dec 05, 2011 EeeJay rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley


The gist: Leigh's now cancer free but she just wants to be plain free now. She moves to uni, tries to find independence, stay away from guys and live her life. Will she be able to do so or will her body (and mind) betray her? And will she find love when she was never looking for it in the first place?

The Haul
This story was totally not what I expected. At first I was overwhelmed by the religious elements that made no sense to me (I'm not a ch
Dec 12, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it
I liked this book but it didn't knock my socks off. I could have used an epilogue as well. Even though I could understand the religious lingo, I think non-LDS people may have a hard time with those parts.

I loved Brian. He was such a good guy. You think he's the bad boy type but in reality he's not. It's Noah who is supposed to be the good boy who turns out to be not so good, which is too bad. I wanted to like Noah since the day he met Leigh. I really like Leigh and her brother as well. This boo

This had so much potential.

I only got to read up to Chapter 8 and then I quit. The flow of the story was just too slow, for me. I felt like the story wasn't going anywhere and I got really really bored of waiting for a twist or for the conflict to pop up.

I really liked and related to Leigh though I hated that she was so "closed" on her thoughts and feelings in confronting others about things that bothered her. Like when(view spoiler)
Nov 26, 2011 Milka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
The Next Door Boys is one of those novels I picked from NetGalley just because I liked the cover design. I've had a Samsung Galaxy Tab for a while now, but I never had given the ebooks a try. Well, now I finally did, and with positive results.

I really didn't give the synopsis much attention before starting to read. So I was totally clueless to the religious aspect of the novel. Now that I look back, I think it was a good thing because I usually pass the stories with religion included. As I read

**Thanks Netgalley and Cedar Fort, Inc. for the galley!**

I finally got around to reading this book. I was in the mood to read something nice. And glad to say, I was really surprised with this book. I’m expecting it to be kind of a little bit dramatic, heavy with teeny touch of romance. Well…it does have cute romance going on but not really dramatic as I thought it’d be. It was really unexpected that the book turned out as a light, pleasant book. It was really nice.

Leigh Tressman is going o
Nov 06, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA 16 +, christians, non christians
This was an excellent book from start to finish in which I received from netGalley and the publisher. I jumped right into the book and didn't even realize that it was a Christian book right away.

This book has good Christian and family values and touches on those moments very frequently throughout the novel. As for myself, coming from a Christian background, I could relate quite easily with some of the family closeness and traditions. This book made me want to pull out my Bible again and start re
Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
Nov 02, 2011 Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what i needed to read. A well written story about a 20 year old cancer survivor that wants her independence by going to college, the catch? she has to move next door to her older brother, Jaron and his two roommates, Brian and Stuart. I really loved how the protagonist, Leigh. She is independent, optimistic and strong. I can relate that sometimes the need for independence could blind sight you in terms of what is best for you.

I liked the setting and plot of this book. I fou
Anne Pfeffer
Dec 19, 2011 Anne Pfeffer rated it it was amazing
Jolene Perry wrote a glowing review of my book, so I wanted to return the favor. But I always write honest reviews and didn't know if I would like her book. I bought The Next Door Boys and read it without telling anyone, thinking I could just drop the idea if her book didn't work for me.

It did. I really, really liked it.

The main character, Leigh, is a nineteen year old survivor of ovarian cancer that has left her family frightened and overprotective, while making Leigh determined to get back to
Jun 19, 2012 Tara rated it it was ok
I really don't like giving less than 3 stars to a book that I just didn't fall in with, but this one was beyond irritating. Now I will admit that the source of my frustration comes from the heavy, and I mean HEAVY injection of the LDS church. I have no clue as to what all the little groups are or the acronyms stand for. I also find it hard to believe that these kids are falling head over heals in love and proposing after a few weeks of serious dating...if that's how things really are, then BYU m ...more
May 26, 2016 Adrienne rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I don't know what there is to like about this book. Leigh is a cancer survivor, desperate to get on with her life and start college at BYU. She moves in next door to her brother, so he can be overprotective, and finds herself attracting all sorts of unwanted attention from boys and has to figure out where her heart really lies. Okay, great...except I'm not sure what these guys are supposed to like about her. Yes, she's a survivor of a terrible experience...but she's also snotty to her family, to ...more
Oct 27, 2011 Teresa rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s

***e-Format Provided by NetGalley***

All at once uplifting, spiritual, and innocent; THE NEXT DOOR BOYS tells the story of one year in the life of BYU freshman Leigh Tressman. Moving away from home to attend school on her own (well, besides her older brother living next door) is a big step from where Leigh's life was headed just under a year ago. At that time she was fighting for her life due to a Cancer diagnosis. Growing up she has been raised in the Mormon Church, and that Faith is what broug
Aug 14, 2014 Anncleire rated it it was amazing
Ultimamente sto cercando di mettermi in pari con i galley che stanno per scadere e oggi è toccato a “The next door boys” e ancora una volta mi sono chiesta ma perché ci ho messo così tanto a leggerlo?

Leigh ha quasi vent’anni ed è appena uscita da una terribile esperienza, è sopravvissuta al cancro e dopo aver perso un anno è pronta per cominciare il college lontano da casa e dai ricordi. L’accordo è quello di essere accompagnata dal fratello Jaron che la terrà d’occhio e vivere nella casa vicina
Nov 20, 2011 Colette rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2011
So this definitely has a strong LDS perspective that I doubt would appeal to non-LDS readers; however, with that caveat, I enjoyed this story of overcoming trials, seeing past initial judgments, and finding love in unexpected places. Leigh is a girl who is figuring herself out as a post-cancer survivor and adjusting to new found freedom of a college student. I really liked reading a book set at BYU, and I liked that none of the characters were perfect and all seemed flawed and well-rounded but w ...more
Jenny Morris
Oct 11, 2011 Jenny Morris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Where do I start? Well, this story is all about family,and how they help each other in times of trouble. 2 scenes in the book (which I won't mention, because I don't want to give anything away), made me gush real tears, because they were full of real life, and real love.

And, can I just say, Brian (one of the next door boys) is one of my favorite love interests EVER! He is so sweet, and real, and yet still super hot! Bring on Sherlock Holmes, baby.

Leigh's journey will be with me for a long time.
Rachael Anderson
Aug 21, 2011 Rachael Anderson rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with heart. I loved Jolene's easy going pace, her characters, the romance, and the beautiful message she imparted. Definitely recommend this book!
Steph Campbell
Oct 04, 2011 Steph Campbell rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet story. So many favorite, moving quotes! Review coming soon. :)
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Nov 03, 2011 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
This is an LDS fiction novel that I picked up on NetGalley. (Don't we just love NetGalley?!) I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book because I was afraid that it was going to get too drama-ish for me based on the whole cancer part of the story. I tend to like to avoid books that deal in depth with hard, real life sort of stuff. I live THAT life. When I read, I want to escape. I'm happy to say that this was for me, a perfectly happy balance of real life and romantic fiction. The real life ...more
Heidi Willis
Dec 30, 2011 Heidi Willis rated it it was amazing
The Next Door Boys is about a girl named Leigh who, coming off a year of cancer and the resulting treatments, escapes her parents' overly protective home to attend college and find her independence again.

Leigh struggles with the same things we all did at that age: finding our own self, transitioning from child to adult, learning that as much as we want to stand on our own, it's okay to need others. But she does it with the perspective of someone who has touched death, giving this book a sense of
Jan 27, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
I liked this book, although it took me longer than I feel like it should've to get through (perhaps more due to genre burnout than this specific book).

I talked about this in a status update, but, while I knew it was Christian fiction, I didn't realize it was Mormon fiction. There are a lot of references to the LDS community that aren't explained. I know enough to get some of them (wards, missions), but not all (going to the temple, FHe). I was also probably aided by growing up in the American Ba
Dec 03, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was drawn to this book, not just because it sounds good in the summary, but for a personal connection I felt to Leigh. I’ve had too many family and friends who have had to deal with cancer and reading a story where someone was able to fight it and continue with life after cancer without losing her faith in the process really spoke to me. Now, onto The Next Door Boys.

I love how the characters all have their own little faults, but work to overcome them. You can’t help but root for Leigh from pa
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I started my first journal when I was 7,
there's a large box in my garage dedicated to the journals I've filled since then.

Now I only write longhand in the middle of the night or while waiting in my car.
Sometimes I can read it later.

I don't always like rules.

I survived swimming in the Rogue River two times on one trip.
I was not swimming on purpose.

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