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Kindle Edition, 590 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Connie
Aug 17, 2008 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trilogies-ish
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 m ...more
Simone Elkeles
Feb 13, 2015 Simone Elkeles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 all-email book and make it so amazing. She is definitely a talented author!
Sara
What I particularly enjoyed about this book is the originality of the writing style. The book is written in a modern epistolary fashion, it develops through the emails the various characters exchange.
The story is witty, there is a little bit of a mystery to solve, which I always enjoy, and the book overall is light and refreshing.
Jennifer
Jan 07, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Shopoholic & Bridget Jones
Ok - just to warn you - This entire book is in e-mail format. Yup. 379 pages of e-mails. Truth be told - I really liked it!

So we have Mel Fuller who writes the page 10 celebrity gossip column for the NY Journal. She is late to work (for about the 50th time) because she found her neighbor lady laying face down with her dog barking like mad. She really likes her neighbor Mrs. Friedlander and feels bad for her 2 cats and dog (a great dane named Paco - who has a Great Dane in NY City?!?!) so Mel ta
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MJ
Sep 11, 2016 MJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To see review of whole series with gifs click here.

In a lot of ways this is the best one in the series. The reason why, the relationship is the most developed and I love the Trents. Though, the Hertzogs are just as amusing but a lot more dysfunctional-and that’s saying something since Daddy Trent is in jail.

I think the style that this book is written in-emails, notes, phone messages, etc. really works well for it. I don’t know if it-or its sequels-would work well in any other style. I often wond
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish this one because, while there were some things I genuinely liked about the email format in which it was written, the format overall left me wanting. The story picked up, however, and I found myself not minding the email format so much. After a little while, I found myself engrossed, wanting desperately to find out who attacked the neighbor and whether or not Mel and John would get together (OK, so admittedly I knew this was an inevitability since it ...more
Laura
Jun 23, 2009 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-up-books
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Cabot's hilarious humor in a book filled with emails?


I'm not a big fan of chick-lit, but what can I say? Meg Cabot always knows how to make me laugh out loud and move me ♥

To : jerrylives@freemail.com
From : Mel Fuller
Subject : How about this one?

I know

Princess Leia, Return of the Jedi

Mel
Punya Nayak
The plot
Mel Fuller, the female lead writes the page 10 celebrity gossip column for the NY Journal. She is late to work again for around the 50th day in a row because she found her neighbor, Mrs. Friedlander unconscious with her dog barking like crazy. Feeling bad for her neighbor's pets she takes care of them while Mrs. Friedlander lays in a coma. Walking the dog every morning before work causes Mel to be late A LOT and finally with a help of her coworkers/friends she tracks down Mrs. Friedlan
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Candy Boisvert
Jun 19, 2008 Candy Boisvert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance lovers
Recommended to Candy by: No one
Title: Boy next door
Author: Meggin Cabot
Copyright date: 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins publishers
How many pages: 374 pgs
How long it took me to read: 10 days
Category: Fiction
I learned about this book from: borrowing it from the library in the beginning of the year but not getting to read it.

This book was purchased at: G books
This book is: amusing
Other books by these authors: Princess Diaries series, Pop idol, big boned, jinx, queen of babble in the big city, size 12 is not fat, and size 14 is not f
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Rachel Brand
Feb 22, 2008 Rachel Brand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for a quick, easy, fluffy read
Shelves: 2004, chick-lit
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Rose
So, this was my first Meg Cabot. Maybe not the best place to start, considering there are more popular books of hers I could have started with but I guess it wasn't a too bad introduction to her work.

The Boy Next Door started out pretty awesome, there was hilarity left and right and I just loved it. After I was halfway through, though, the book began to drag quite a bit and I was annoyed with most of the characters. The magic of the cute romance faded for me as well because even if it was cute,
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Lulufrances
Sep 13, 2012 Lulufrances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread and this time my rating is 4 stars, previous rating: 5 stars

You just cannot go wrong with Meg Cabot (at least all the ones I've read so far)!
I gobble up her chiclits like cookie-dough ice cream -> fun fact, I actually did this simultaneously in this case lol.
Not much to review with this really, so yeah - if you need easy to read escapism, here you go.
Reign
Nov 14, 2016 Reign rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 stars

Boy Next Door is a novel told through email exchanges that really made my day. The characters were amazingly shown with distinct traits, but jived perfectly together. The humor was just too good, the attraction between John and Mel was wonderfully set, and the friendship over Mel and Nadine and her relationship with her workmates is entertaining. Not to mention that I do enjoy this kind of novel telling. I didn't like everything that happened but this is just what I need today - the S
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farmwifetwo
Dnf at 15%. It's in emails and all the characters are OTT. Not for me .
Floreana
Jan 31, 2017 Floreana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
PERO QUÉ DULZURA DE LIBRO.
No sé si tendría que ponerle tres estrellas, 3,5 o las cuatro de ahora. Pero qué importa. Ya veremos.
CUESTIÓN QUE ESTE LIBRO ES SUPER TIERNO Y SUPER LINDO Y SÚPER RARO.
Reseña express en puntitos hasta que pueda escribir algo bien:
-Soy la fan #1 de las novelas escritas de otra forma que no sea la prosa común. Por ejemplo, esta novela está escrita en forma de correos electrónicos.
-A pesar de que el final me resultó medio... apresurado como por así decirlo (view spoiler)
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Sheilalalalala
Mar 16, 2012 Sheilalalalala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, humor
It's 4:00 o'clock in the morning...the conversations go boring Naaah. My eyes are kinda droopy now, not that I have ptosis or something--my eyes are kinda tired now but my brain wants me to write a review even I know my thoughts are a little messed up, considering my body is a silently shouting: Sleep now! You bloody, abusive, self-centered.... but my brain says, LOL. NO...and I'm here now, typing my so-called review when I should have been sleeping by now and get back to this once I'm all sober ...more
Deyse
I entered the re-read challenge at the start of this year and so far have been failing miserably, but I have found myself coming back to old favorites from time to time when the mood strikes and this time was the chance for "The Boy Next Door". I have to say that I was very nervous about it, because this is an old favorite of mine, I think I read it the first time when I was about 11 or 12 and re-read it obsessively during my teen years so to say that I was desperate to it to hold up my good mem ...more
Sophie
I almost didn't read this book.
First of all, I am not a big fan of adult Meg Cabot books, minus a few exceptions. Her teen books are my guilty pleasure, but her characters are exactly the same in both. What's acceptable for a teenager is different than what's acceptable for someone in their 30s, and it becomes annoying. Plus her sex scenes are really awkward.

Secondly, I don't like books written in letter format. Diary format is fine, but letters and emails are just hard for me to get into. I gav
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Tash
Jan 06, 2014 Tash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be a really enjoyable read! At first I wasn't so sure I could read a whole book based on emails back and forth. But after a while I kinda got used to it. I found myself looking forward to the emails and WHO was sending it and to WHOM! It wasn't just a back and forth reply between two friends at the office but others popped in as well. I think thats what made it a more interesting read because you weren't sure whose email you were going to end up reading next. The funny thing i ...more
Samantha
This is one of Meg Cabot's Boy Series books (Every Boy's Got One and Boy Meets Girl) which are written in 21st Century epistolary style, this particular book in all email messages.

Melissa Fuller lives in New York at a small newspaper and lives next door to an older woman who has an "accident", forcing Mel to tend to her neighbor's three pets. Mel suspects foul play while the police hunt down the neighbor's only living relative, a nephew named Max. Max is too busy vacationing with a supermodel to
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Stephanie
This is the second time I read this book. I love this book, the story and the writing is very interesting. The reader been drag to follow the plot through emails who been send by the characters, co-workers, friends and families.

So the story is about Melissa Fuller, a gossip columnist found her neighbor fainted on the floor. She later contacts her neighbor’s nephew that is Max Friedlander as a fashion photographer. Max is doesnt care about his aunt and rather have some fun with a supermodel. The
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Anne
Mar 12, 2015 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The wonderful Kat Conway gifted me this kindle book for a sick day read. It was DELIGHTFULLY bad - all told through email correspondence, but in that magical time when people had email but not general web access. Literally all the problems in this book could have been solved by an internet search or two. The cultural references are also so hilariously early 2000s that it was hard for me to not screen grab every single one. It's Cabot's first "adult" book, but it reads like it's still written for ...more
Manasa Kannan
Jul 15, 2014 Manasa Kannan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh so this is the famous author who wrote princess diaries! Ah great. And so this is what it feels like to read a chick lit? Gotta say, it's a wonderful feeling. Oh wow this book was rainbows and butterflies feeling. It was so cute, and very well portrayed inspire of the whole story being in the form of emails. Like wow. People could write in any way and reach out to the readers. Fascinating. 5 fluffy stars!
Ruzaika Deen
Nov 25, 2016 Ruzaika Deen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CLASSIC Meg Cabot. Ahhh, how much I've missed reading her books.
Ifigenia
Jan 16, 2017 Ifigenia rated it liked it
When I feel overwhelmed, I am picking one book of Meg Cabot, she is the best antidote against the letdowns or worries of the life. The first time that I opened this book, I was very puzzled to see that the book was telling you the story through emails among all the characters of the book. I have picked too quickly with this kind of Meg Cabot's first features, ordinary people, with bad luck and that makes you laugh a lot with all their misunderstandings. Yes, I know, all characters are not so ord ...more
(;Missy.Lala;)
4/5 stars FOR SURE!!!
The only thing that bothered me was that the ending was too short and near and WHAT HAPPPENED TO NADIN AND TONY's WEDDING??? :( I NEEDED MORE!!!! ATLEAST 30 more pages!!! OMG Cabot your making me suffer here!!!!

**note: need second book NOW** *.*

Anyway, at first, when I saw the cover, it was cute, and when I opened the book and saw that it was in email format, I thought this was going to be boring and difficult for me; but, it didn't turn out that way AT ALL!!!
This story w
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Jennifer
Nov 24, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
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 ...more
Tenzing Choedon
The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot is about a girl name Melissa Fuller who works as a gossip columnist on The New York Journal. She is always tardy for her work until one day she has a good reason for it. She heard her elderly neighbor's dog barking and when she went in her apartment she found her unconscious on the floor. She later contacts her neighbors nephew who happened to be Max Friedlander a fashion photographer. Max being a playboy and not caring for his grandmother would rather party and h ...more
Ally
Nov 16, 2014 Ally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I, for one, adore Meg Cabot. I don't care what you say about her, but I think most (if not all) of her books are great. This one, The Boy Next Door, is definitely not what I expected. But once I got a bit settled in, I loved it! It is really good.

I'm going to say this upfront. It is nothing like The Princess Diaries or any other YA books Cabot had written. Yes, there is humor, but there is an interesting format with more mature characters and more POVs. It isn't YA. It is more for older readers,
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
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