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Gossip columnist and single New York City girl Mel lives lives in the most exciting place in the world, yet she's bored with her lovelife. But things get interesting fast when the old lady next door is nearly murdered. Mel starts paying closer attention to her neighbors—what exactly is going on with the cute boy next door? Has Mel found the love of her life—or a killer?
Paperback, 379 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Avon (first published 2002)
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Connie
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
Jennifer
Jan 22, 2009 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars 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...more
Rachel Brand
Jan 30, 2009 Rachel Brand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people looking for a quick, easy, fluffy read
Shelves: 2004, chick-lit
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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
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Candy Boisvert
Jun 19, 2008 Candy Boisvert rated it 5 of 5 stars 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...more
Natasha Keohuloa
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
Sheila
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
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...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...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
Jennifer
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
Mulva?
Dear Ms. Cabot...

I understand that you think constructing a book written all in emails would be clever and interestings... maybe something like Bridget Jones' Diary, however, you feel short... very short.

We, the reader, are not stupid, therefore, you don't need to tell us information again, and AGAIN. Once time is fine. Even twice is okay, just to make a point, but every other page is excesive. Like I said, we're not idiots thank you very much. Plus, it just shows that you're lazy and can't thin...more
Souzan
Sep 22, 2012 Souzan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Souzan by: Farah Hamandi
Shelves: favorites, 2012
A romantic-comedy novel in a different and unique style in writing (e-mails).When I first read the name I thought it is gonna be a "teen" story because of the word "boy" I don't know why I think it doesn't fit with the story .Because of the new way of presenting the story (the e-mails), I feel that the story misses something like I love to see some description of place of facial expressions these little details this novels lacks. But I mostly like the comedy in this novel and the plot is good ,J...more
(;Lucy 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...more
Mery
Ini buku Meg Cabot lain yang kubaca...

And What?? I like it... >.<
If any group named Meg Cabot huge fans, count me in!!!


Pertama baca ini rada-rada gak mudeng, ini ngomongin apaan sih?
Ini novel kedua yang kubaca yang memakai format unik setelah Thirteen Reasons Why.

Dan cara format e-mail ini bercerita asik banget.

Dan seperti ciklit lainnya, pastinya novel ini bercerita tentang wanita yang mencari pria impiannya. :D


Mel Fuller baru putus dari pacarnya Aaron, yang berselingkuh ama wanita lain,...more
Rhoda Baxter
I picked this book up at an airport. I wasn't expecting much from it, just a light read for the journey. I LOVED it. It's written entirely in emails, which meant that the characters' voices were very strong. It was almost like a radio play - all dialogue. I spend so much time 'chatting' to people via email, that the email conversations seemed entirely natural to me. (I know other people can find it irritating).

The story has a really nice set up. The boy next door is pretending to be someone else...more
Rachel
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 j...more
Nadine
In diesem E-Mail Roman begegnen wir Mel Fuller, Reporterin in New York, zuständig für die Klatsch-Kolumne ihrer Zeitung, ihre Nachbarin wird überfallen und sie nimmt Kontakt zu deren Neffen auf, damit er sich um ihre Katzen und ihren Hund kümmert, da Mel diese Aufgabe nicht mehr mit ihrem Job vereinbaren kann (sie ist ohnehin etwas chaotisch und ständig zu spät dran). Besagter Neffe allerdings weilt gerade mit Top-Model Vivica in der Karibik und fordert kurzerhand einen Gefallen ein, den ihm ein...more
Rita
Meg Cabot é uma escritora americana, com mais de sessenta obras da sua autoria publicadas. Um dos seus maiores êxitos é o bestseller “Diário da Princesa”, que foi publicado em mais de quarenta línguas e adaptado ao cinema pela Disney. Leitora desde tenra idade, inicialmente com obras de Ficção Científica e Banda Desenhada, passando mais tarde a Clássicos, como “Jane Eyre” de Charlotte Brontë, que lhe incutiram o gosto por romances. Meg começou a escrever desde a secundária, lançando a sua primei...more
Pragya
May 21, 2012 Pragya rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone who wants a fun read
Shelves: 2012, own-kindle
Finally I read my first Meg Cabot Book. And surprise, surprise, I ended up liking it. Why surprise? Because I haven’t really liked my recent reads. So well…

First things first. When I clicked on this book on my Kindle, I thought I had been fooled. Why does this book look like messages/emails and messages and more messages? I didn’t buy the proper book? What did I buy? Oh my God!

Alright I will start reading and see where this goes or what book it actually is.

Hmm, ok. But isn’t this weird? Why are...more
Nila
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Wicked Incognito Now
This story is told entirely in emails. I was definitely intrigued. It's Meg Cabot's first contemporary romance. I haven't read Meg Cabot before, but I know her from The Princess Diaries fame, and my daughter has read and enjoyed some other of her YA books.

I really thoroughly enjoyed this story. Cabot's writing is standard chick-lit style. Witty career girl, fun and light. The email format worked, although I can't help but feel I'm missing out on a better story. Had there been more face and head...more
Vickie
How I loved listening to this book! I adore Meg Cabot and I don't normally dig an author who is such a prolific writer as she is. She has something like ten series and multiple books to her name, but each one is fresh and unique.
BOY NEXT DOOR is a romantic comedy mystery told not in dialogue between people, rather it's told via emails between the various characters. Barbara Rosenblatt is the perfect narrator for this book. Each character had a distinct voice and I loved and loathed depending who...more
Dora Okeyo
This book reminded me of TTYL- it's written in email form and you cannot help but hope that it's just not a boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl story (which it kind of is).

Story: Mel, gets to walk her neighbor's dog and care for the cat, sends the old lady's nephew mail (he's a jerk), he sends his friend to pretend to be him. The friend has a thing for redheads- and they fall in love, lies are told, the truth is discovered and everyone learns something.

It's a fun read.
I would recommend i...more
Lindsey Hemming
Love, love, LOVED this book! I've been a huge fan of Meg Cabot since junior high (The Princess Diaries and Mediator series), and this adult book did not disappoint! I can't believe I had never read it before!

Delivered in email format, we follow the plight of Mel, a gossip columnist for the New York Journal, as she deals with the aftermath of discovering her elderly neighbor facedown on the carpet, the apparent victim of an assaultor perhaps a botched attempt of the transvestite killer? Now the w...more
Annie Jewell
I thought that this was a great book.
It all started when the main character Mel is leaving for work and realizes that the old lady that lives across the hall from her hasn't gotten her mail so she decides to take it into her but when she gets in the old lady is face down on the floor. Mel calls the police and they take her to the hospital then she was put in a coma. The police couldn't find any of her family so Mel was going to take care of her dog and two cats. This resulted in a problem with...more
Sinta Mentari dwi liona
Well, 2 thumbs up for this story.
Saya akui, saya baru membaca buku ini pertama kali, dan ini adalah buku novel berbahasa Inggris pertama kali yang saya selesaikan membacanya dan bisa membaca dengan cermat. Well, I mean, terkadang, saat membaca novel berbahasa Inggris, saya tidak terlalu impressed dengan keseluruhan cerita. But, not in this novel.
Walaupun cukup telat membaca novel ini, mengingat waktu terbitnya sudah sangat lama, but I think, no problem with that. Bagi saya, tidak ada istilah ka...more
Gina (paygeturner)
The Boy Next Door was Meg Cabot’s debut in adult fiction and my Valentine’s read this year… this is Cabot back when Cabot was good. (I haven’t read anything current of her’s since the first Airhead novel - what happened?!)
Mel is a quirky gossip columnist in NYC who consistently finds herself late for work after finding her next door neighbor assaulted and unconscious on the floor one morning. What occurs after this incident leads to a lot of laughs, warm-fuzzies and well executed, suspenseful e-...more
Siria
I can't believe I read this, but I had two hours to kill waiting for someone and I was bored, so bored. This is such light-reading that I'm sure if you left it down on a table, it would float away. Not as funny as it thinks it is, more than a little implausible, and the format (written entirely in e-mails) is intensely irritating. Reading this is like eating a McDonald's - filling a hole at the time, but leaving you with a sickened, sickly feeling afterwards.
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

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