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The Boy Next Door

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  883 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Sometimes, love is closer than you think.

Through middle school, high school, bad dates, and an ill-advised punk phase, Tasha has always been able to count on Jason. Since the day he moved in next door, he’s gone from the weird kid in a wheelchair to Tasha’s most trusted friend. But lives change and the friends are going in different directions. When Jason and Tasha rekindl
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 2012 by Dev Love Press
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Goddess Of Blah
Sep 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Another ME ME ME heroine who lacks gray matter.
And there's being a sexually liberated independent female - but there's also sleeping around and collecting STIs which is gross. I don't date men who sleep around coz the hygiene thing - it's a pet peeve of mine. I generally loath play boys. (so it's not a sexist only men can sleep around thing).
this review says it all:

I gotta say I enjoyed this book, really did but the main character Tasha start
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-blog-review
**********4.5 stars**********
Oh I just loved Tasha and Jason's story!! The Boy Next Door was such a heartfelt, real, and humorous look into the world of two people who were so alike, but who's lives were entirely different. I just fell in love with these characters and the journey they had to take to find their way back to each other!

Jason, the wheelchair-bound neighbor of wild child Tasha, was not at all what she expected. Always worrying too much what others thought of her, she wasn't prepared
Scott-robert Shenkman
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? Tasha is one of the funniest narrators I have ever come across in reading. It just wasn’t safe to read and drink anything at the same time (trust me, I found out the hard way). She’s also loveable. She’s also clueless. But how many people actually realize that they’re best friend is thinking of them in a romantic way? Granted, it took her about 20 years to figure this out, and yes, Jason had to tell her, but still. She thought of him as a brother. Until she found out he was the ...more
Carole P. Roman
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute rom-com about a Tasha and Jason, eight year olds who are thrown together by their parents because they are neighbors. Jason is disabled and Tasha is resentful however, she is easily seduced by his transformer collection. They form a life-long friendship with Jason as an observer to Tasha's rather chaotic life. It is clear that Jason adores her, and while she values him as a friend, she sees him only as a brother. They lose touch then reconnect, remembering all the things that made them enjo ...more
2.5 Stars

Bought for free from Amazon on January 29, 2013 and read for the Why Buy the Cow Reading Challenge.

Cute contemporary romance between a self-proclaimed party girl and her long-time neighbor who happens to be in a wheelchair. I liked the author's writing style and how willing she was to involve difficult topics in her book. I loved Jason and how sweet he was to Tasha despite the fact that she didn't always deserve it. Tasha was an interesting character though I never really liked her. I a
Princess Bookie
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2012
My Thoughts: It’s been quite a while since I read a book that wasn’t YA. I have a few others on my TBR pile as well but I just don’t pick them up as much.

We are introduced to Tasha who is a pretty laid back girl but also had quite the teenage years. She was a bit of a party girl and liked to have fun. She also had a next door neighbor named Jason. They were friends since they were kids. Jason was in a wheelchair most of his life and Tasha got used to being friends with someone like him. Yes, he
This author got me hooked with her books! The first one I read was great, and now this second one went straight to my read-again-pile, too.
Heroes in a wheelchair...what a refreshing take on the genre!
I could get addicted to them. Really!

The characters are people like you and me.
The hero's disability is visible. The one of the heroine is not!
Nearly 25 years of being best friends with him and although everyone kept telling her that his feelings for her went way deeper, she was completely oblivi
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this story and watching the characters unfold. I'll happily read anything that Annabelle Costa writes!
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-freebies
This was a sweet, witty, funny romance read about Natasha and Jason.

Natasha is a self proclaimed pretty, fun, “partygoer” who has slept with a lot of people.

Jason started off as her next door neighbor, and then became her best friend. He is hot, funny, and successful.
He is also disabled.
There was a car accident when he was 5 and has no feeling from his waist down.

This friends to lovers story starts at their first encounter at the age of 8, it’s also written entirely in the POV of Tasha, incl
Would have been 5 stars if I could have seen the h/H together more. They get together only at the end and the book is more about their friendship from childhood, though thats sweet and funny at times and about their respective dating lives.
But loved the book though. I'm in love with Jason and Tasha was so good for him! She made his life fun and interesting for sure and he sure adored her.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't stop once I got started. The characters are so likable and realistic. I wanted go hang out with Tasha and talk about Jason with her. The writing style is refreshing and fun to read with many laugh out loud moments. I highly recommend this book.
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite
4.5 STARS!!! This book is humorous, heartwarming, and cute. It has a different approach to the norm we are used to in regards to the leading man. I truly enjoyed every single moment of it! It put a BIG smile on my face.
Donna Was A Scandal
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Fun book, new and interesting subject matter to consider & a guest review, follow the link for my complete Scandalicious Book Review:

I read the sample and I could not get through even that. The heroine lifestyle did not appeal to me. I am not sure if she had sex ed about the dangers of STDs. I loved the premise, but I don't think this couple should get together. I know I am in the minority with my thoughts.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thank you. It was so easy to read that it kept me captive all the way to the end. Good book.
I loved this story about Tasha and Jason. I absolutely adored both characters. Jason is wheelchair-bound. She, like so many young people, worried about appearances and what others thought of her. I know some children "fear" the unknown or simply don't know how to feel comfortable around others who have differences such as being in a wheelchair. One of my daughters dated a boy in high school who was on the wrestling team. What was so different about him? He had no legs and he was so respected due ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Before you read this, you should know this is a light read. So if you are looking for deepness and a troubled past with suffering characters and heartbreaking sadness, this book is not for you.
Sure, it mentions the insecurities that being in a wheelchair brings, but its a subject touched very lightly. And it's predictable, too. The main character, Tasha, in unsurprisingly oblivious. And Jason is, of course, harboring a life-long crush on her.
And although it does mention how Jason sometimes stru
Melissa Basnight
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jason and his family moved in next door to Tasha and her family and Tasha’s family forced the two to interact and eventually they became best friends. Jason was in an accident and is a paraplegic that uses a wheelchair. Tasha just wants to be in the popular group and has Jason as a secret friend. Tasha seemed to self-absorbed and I didn't really warm up to the main characters in the book. They end up being friends for years telling each other about their relationships and things going on in thei ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Pink Angel
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super fun and enjoyable read. I literally could not put it down. I had so much fun reading this book and I laughed a lot. I loved Jason (super cool imperfect hero) and Tasha was a real shallow hot heroine who was still growing up throughout the story. All in all it was one of the best in its genre and I loved it so much and I'm already a fan of Annabelle Costa's book. ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A love story, well written and Altho pretty predictable it is still fun. I enjoyed the fact that the characters were not God and goddess.
Bobbi Walker
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable

When you grow up with someone, it's easy to dismiss the idea that there might be something more than just friendship.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was funny, sad, and happy all at the same time!!
I loved Grandma's part in the story!
Sorry the book ended so soon!
T. Vang
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I really was not a fan of this book and the style of writing from this author. I didn't like the hero or heroine and didnt feel any connection to the characters.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I do not like to discourage people, especially when they had succeeded something big and serious like writing and publishing a book, but I can not let this one pass, since I believe this book was wrong on so many levels and somewhat offensive and insensetive to other people.

I started reading this book expecting a loving story- a classic cute "the boy next door". Instead, I found some seriously disturbing sentences that made me think "you can not seriously writing this".

Before I start, I would li
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one of those that I found both endearing and frustrating all rolled into one. It was a toss up at times whether I was going to give up on Tasha or see it through with her. She's the main character and the narrator so she either makes or breaks the story. In the end, I decided that she 'made' the story though the long suffering and faithful Jason gets my vote too.

There were times that I wasn't all that fond of the heroine, but at the same time I like the way the author wrote her. What do
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The story follows Tasha Moran and Jason Fox who become next door neighbors and best friends at the age of eight after they bond over a box of Transformers. I immediately related to Tasha’s eight year old self. I too had a love for boy toys of the G.I. Joe and Star Wars kind but only had the Barbie variety to play with at home. I could even relate to having that ‘uncool’ friend that you played with privately
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really liked this book. The story was great and refreshing. I mean to have a realistic feeling romance where one of the main characters is a disabled person was unique, heartwarming, and so refreshing. Loved it. I truly felt connected to the main characters in this book. Tasha was funny, carefree, and totally believable as she went through all of her crazy teenage and young adult life stages. And Jason was so endearing and strong and loveable and vulnerable, AHH, fell so IN LOVE WITH H ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an adorable story, and you just can't help but love that spunky little Nana! This was truly an enjoyable read. I recently read the story The Broken Path, where the male lead also had a disability and it was also a wonderful story; but this one had a special humor that literally had me laughing out loud. The author did a wonderful job of making Jason lovable, strong and vulnerable all at the same time. As a matter of fact, the focus was not on his disability, but on the ability to make yo ...more
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