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The Girl Next Door

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  1,502 ratings  ·  181 reviews
A gorgeous and unforgettable novel set in a turn-of-the-century brownstone on New York's Upper East Side, The Girl Next Door follows the stories of the building's residents, showing their lives, their loves and the way they live together.

Meet Eve Gallagher in Apartment 7A, newly moved to New York from London with her ambitious banker husband. She's lonely and lost...until
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Penguin Canada (APB) (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dec 31, 2010 Alice rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people wanting non-stressful things to read
Shelves: chicklit
Another $1 from the library booksale. I've read three of Elizabeth Noble's other books and liked them (well, upon review I gave all of them three stars, but that's good for chicklit), so I picked this one up. As with all of Noble's stories, this one is gentle, easy-to-read and soothing.

I liked:
- The NYC setting
- Multiple characters/storylines in a single apartment building; although I haven't really read a book where this works, Noble makes a valiant effort

I did not like
- Most of the characters
Having lived in Manhattan, I really loved this book because it captures the feeling of loneliness one can feel there despite being surrounded by millions of people. I enjoyed the author's character development; her use of details and language is rich and interesting. I started to lose interest during the middle of the novel when all the characters seemed to blend together with somewhat predictable storylines (how many affairs and failed marriages can occur in one novel?) but things quickly picke ...more
Eve and Ed Gallagher have just moved to their new apartment in New York City after his job transferred him. He’s eager, but Eve is feeling really lonely and a bit adrift.

But when she meets her elderley English neighbour Violet, a whole new friendship blossoms, and the Gallaghers begin to understand the other residents of their building and their lives too. Kim and Jason are struggling with their marriage and boisterous child Avery, Rachael and David seem to have the perfect family with their 3 k
Bobbie  Crawford
The Girl Next Door
Written By: Elizabeth Noble
Published By: Penguin Group Canada, 2009, First Edition, 464 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-0143168829

The Girl Next Door starts off slowly, no doubt do to the somewhat long list of characters that you have to sort through. Thankfully there is a ‘List of Characters’ at the beginning of the book which the reader can refer too; I had to do so several times. Once you remember who each of the different characters are (perhaps you have a better memory then I, so
Dec 10, 2014 Tori rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Loves of sappy romance
Well, this was a very romancy type novel ... Not something I read often and though I enjoyed reading it at times - it was hard to get into.

The story is set in a Manhattan apartment building with a mass of characters - one of the reasons I found it difficult to follow at times. As the story progresses, we get an insight into how these characters lives are changed as they met, fell in love, out of love and time passes through the seasons.

One good thing I have to say about the book is all the cha
As is common with a number of Noble's books, here she takes almost a short story 'Love Actually' approach where we see snippets of intertwining lives. The reason for it in this book is people living in an apartment block in New York, and hence impacting on each other.

The main drive of the story is Eve and Ed, an English couple who move across from England when Ed starts a secondment in the New York office. Eve suffers due to the move, feeling lonely and needy, and eventually decides that having
I did not like this book. I think I've decided that I don't really like books with a large ensemble of characters. Too many stories to follow and not enough character development. I don't really get invested in any one character or story-line. So there's nothing propelling me to finish a book like that. I read a couple pages here, a couple pages there. And that just irritates me. This book was also kind of sad. I was really rooting for the nerdy librarian girl (obviously) and at the end, she sti ...more
Bookclub selection--for my 'light reading' group of women friend readers but, still, sometimes you wonder what people are thinking when they make certain choices! I'd sort of liked Noble's previous books, within their range, never expecting too much from them, but this one was a silly read. Set up like one of those UK soap operas and with so many characters and storylines that each merited a book on its own. Plus, I never really bought into the characters, and not for once did I believe the Amer ...more
Elizabeth Noble, author of "The Reading Group" and several other well received books, is back with another winner. "The Girl Next Door" involves an ensemble cast and seems very much like a reasonably intelligent soap opera. We get to see bits of the lives of several people in one building in Manhattan--relationships begin and end and have everything in between happen to them as well. There is birth and death, love and hate, fear and joy. This isn't a fluff read--Noble weaves some pretty powerful ...more
Πάνος Τουρλής
Οι ζωές των άλλων. Οι ζωές απέναντι. Τι συμβαίνει όταν κλείνει η πόρτα του σπιτιού σου; Τη χτυπά ο γείτονας όταν τον έχεις ανάγκη ή τη χτυπά ως δικαιολογία για να εισβάλει στη ζωή σου; Τι συμβαίνει λοιπόν σε αυτήν την πολυκατοικία της Νέας Υόρκης, όπου οι ενοικιαστές περνούν από συνέντευξη και πρέπει να συγκεντρώνουν κάποια προαπαιτούμενα; Τι ιστορίες έχουν να αφηγηθούν οι τέσσερις τοίχοι κάθε διαμερίσματος; Έρωτες, ανοιχτές πληγές, απιστίες, ελπιδες και όνειρα που διαψεύδονται πριν καν διατυπωθ ...more
3.5 Stars.

This book tells the story of Eve and her husband Ed who have recently moved from England to an apartment in New York. Throughout the book, we get to meet their new neighbors and learn about their lives.

My thoughts:

One thing that bothered me was on the very first pages was the List of Characters. There are over 20 of them to keep track of! I find it can be very hard to enjoy a book when you are constantly flipping back and forth to try to remember who a character is. Some characters wer
An apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is the backdrop for Elizabeth Noble's latest novel. Ed and Eve Gallagher move from York, England to New York City because of Ed's bank job. The couple believes that they have found the perfect place to live, however, Ed is gone a lot because of his job, and Eve finds herself becoming very lonely as a stay at home wife.

Violet Wallace is a private woman, she is an 82 year's old, an Englishwoman who also lives in the building and she and Ev
A charming tale revolving around the lives of a whole host of totally different characters in an apartment building in New York.
The pivotal story in my opinion centres around Eve, who has relocated there with her husband Ed due to his work commitments and also a veteran New Yorker the elderly Violet Wallace.
The book is essentially split into chapters named after the character involved in that particular chapter and gives the reader a glimpse into their hopes, dreams, fears and personal lives.
I am not familiar with any of Elizabeth Nobles previous books so when I began reading THE GIRL NEXT DOOR I couldn't help but notice its similarity to Candace Bushnell's ONE FIFTH AVENUE. Both books utilize a particular piece of New York real estate as a backdrop for the stories of their residents, a group of people whose eclectic personalities and varied lives are the bricks and mortar of their respective tales.

Both books feature interwoven stories about love, life and learning to live together
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Not exactly my genre of novels, I actually really loved this book and the cast of characters. It revolves around the different lives of people that live in the same apartment building in New York. A lot of them have nothing in common or their lives don't intersect but throughout the course of the novel it proves that neighbours and friends can become family.

There are several threads in the novel following the lives of different families that live in the apartment. T
Shonna Froebel
I thought at first this was going to be a typical chicklit, but it surprised me by having more depth. What makes it more than your average chicklit is the lack of tidy endings, and the inclusion of more than just happy endings to everyone's stories. I found the characters interesting and diverse.
Eve Gallagher relocates from England to New York City with her husband Ed, buts finds herself at a loose end with no friends or family. The novel covers not only Eve and Ed, but others in their coop buil
Kelly Moran
Internationally best-selling author Elizabeth Noble was born in Britain and recently moved to the United States with her husband. Other titles include: The Reading Group, The Friendship Test, and Alphabet Weekends. She resides in New York.

Ed Gallagher's promotion forces a move from the U.K. to New York, so he and his wife, Eve, are thrilled to find the perfect apartment, though Eve feels secluded and alone, struggling to meet people, until she befriends Violet Wallace, an 82-year-old fellow Eng
In einem Appartmenthaus in New York leben die unterschiedlichsten Menschen. Manchmal kreuzen sich ihre Wege, es entstehen Freundschaften, Liebeleien aber auch Gleichgültigkeiten und Abneigungen. Hinter jeder Wohnungstür leben andere Schicksale, lauern Probleme, Liebe und werden Geheimnisse sorgfältig verborgen.

Ein sehr schöner Roman über die Bewohner eines Appartmenthauses im Herzen New Yorks. So verschieden die Menschen sind, die in diesem Haus leben, so unterschiedlich sind auch ihre Träume un
Nov 24, 2013 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mauve sirene
Recommended to Emily by: panost
Το διάβασα μέσα σε μία μέρα, σε ένα μίνι φθινοπωρινό ταξίδι στο χωριό μου.
Αν εξαιρέσει κάποιος το γκλαμουράτο ύφος του βιβλίου, αν εξαιρέσει την πεπατημένη συνταγή για επιτυχία, αν εξαιρέσει την αμερικανιά, ήταν ένα ελαφρό βιβλίο που διαβαζόταν περίπου σε μία μέρα. Ιδανικό για καθάρισμα μυαλού μετά από μια κουραστική εβδομάδα.
Βιβλίο της Παρασκευής θα έλεγα, που από την άλλη δημιουργεί στην αρχή μία μικρή δυσκολία να θυμάσαι ποιος είναι ποιος στην πολυκατοικία και να χρειάζεται να ανατρέχεις πού

The Girl Next Door takes place in a Manhattan apartment building. The book starts with Eve, who has been transplanted from England because of her husband's job. Soon Noble begins adding a large cast of characters, most of whom live in that same apartment building. Fortunately, she includes a list of characters in the beginning, which is helpful.

I do struggle at times with books that have too many characters. For the most part, this device works here, but s
Melissa Mcdaniel
May 09, 2012 Melissa Mcdaniel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to read about babies, marriage problems, and clean romance
Recommended to Melissa by: Mom
Since I never read chick lit, I didn't expect much...but I was still sort of hoping this would at least be a juicy guilty pleasure. It's not. The characters were all incredibly uniform and their stories just weren't all that interesting. There is not a single steamy sex scene to be found. Worst of all, she seems to believe that no woman has any ambition other than being a happily married mother. Although there are some heartfelt moments, humor is totally absent, which makes the sentimentality to ...more
Le sigh. I am pretty sure I lost some brain cells reading this one. Not that it was bad, but it was just not worth the time. I can imagine people would like it if they enjoy a lot of "chick-lit." I can only take so much, personally.

The story is about the lives of residents in a New York City co-op, and how their lives intertwine over a period of time. Some characters were more interesting than others, some more likable. But really, for the most part, their problems were cliches, and with one exc
Carla Ford
I thought I may have a hard time keeping up with such a long list of characters, but it was actually pretty simple. Every type of relationship you can think of is represented in this novel - good and bad marriages, single men, single women and friendships. Although the novel is somewhat centered around Ed and Eve Gallagher, we meet all of the residents in this New York City apartment building. As relationships are begun, ended, cemented and transformed, the main story in the novel is that of Eve ...more
I like Elizabeth Noble, generally. She's easy to read, but again, use of f-word somewhat annoying and distracting.
This was a pretty good story. It revolves around the tenants of a co-op in NYC. Each person or group deals with some kind of relationship issue. Unfortunately, the issues and resolutions tend to be predictable. There is the young couple estranged by fertility issues, the stereotypical gay couple, the trust-fund playboy reformed by hardworking athletic beautiful (but very nice) girl,
Andrea Reads
I don't really know what to say about this book. Chick-lit has never been my cup of tea, and I guess this wasn't either.

I found myself to be bothered by Eve's unwillingness to actually try to find her place in New York. To me, it didn't really seem like she gave an effort to make friends or activities. She spent time complaining about it to her husband and sister, about how lonely she felt. Her husband did see straight past her loneliness, yes. Though she didn't do much to help herself out of i
Overall the book was alright, the idea behind the story was a good one, however the writing's not really that smooth. The interconnected stories do pull you into the book, and the most well developed story is the one of Violet who moves to the building with her husband from the U.K. My problem is that the book at the end seems sort of incomplete somehow.In writing so many stories I think the problem then becomes how much depth each story should be given.Also the new fad of writing about stories ...more
Diane Heath
When I started this book I was thinking it would be like the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber or The Knitting Club or Ms Noble's Reading Group...It is yet isn't. The setting is an apartment building in New York City. One might think that the various tenants would develop friendships and relationships but in the way of apartment buildings,or the big city,it is a case of parallel lives. Each tenant/family interprets the lives of other tenants in light of their own, a case of the grass is g ...more
Michelle Lines
I really enjoyed this book - I found myself being almost immediately pulled into each of the character's lives which made the book pretty hard to put down. I think it was the good mix of characters, each with their own storyline, that made me want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. Once the book got going, there was never really a "dull moment".

The writing style was a bit off, in my opinion. I was expecting each chapter to be told by a different point of view, but many ti
I only got halfway through this before deciding to move on. The characters were so bland, and it seemed their only issues revolved around their looks and their relationships. Judging by the shopping and designer labels, they certainly didn't have any money worries. The married ones were all about their children, or wanting children. I might be an ex-pat Brit living in the USA, but I couldn't relate at all to the English woman who'd newly arrived in New York with her husband. I would have been in ...more
Don't we all want to find the perfect mate who will love us no matter what and give us all of their attention whenever we need it? The Girl Next Door addresses the reality of couples set in an apartment house in NY. Noble does a good job developing the characters. I love the story of Violet, especially how it comes out, not all at once, but in bits and pieces. I was much more sympathetic with Jason (although at one point I thought if I was his wife I'd be kicking him to the curb) than I was with ...more
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Elizabeth Noble was born in High Wycombe, Bucks, and now lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. She studied English at Oxford University and after graduating embarked on a career in publishing before taking up writing full time. She is the author of seven novels, The Rea
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