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The Boy Next Door

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  2,136 ratings  ·  358 reviews
Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.

Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a s
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Published January 6th 2015 by Swoon Reads
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Paula M
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, arc

These two is more complicated than a math problem that includes letters.

I really enjoyed knowing some of the stuff about ice skating because it doesn’t snow here in the Philippines so we don’t skate a lot much. I mean we have those Ice skate rinks on the mall but I really want to experience skating on erm, real ice.  Anyway,  that didn’t stop me from being frustrated towards this novel. I’m pretty sure I lost something on my head that is supposed to prevent me from going crazy.

It’s lik
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan, and NetGalley.)

"Romeo and Juliet." The sarcasm gone from her voice this time, Kate looks right into my eyes. "Remember how it ends."

This was a YA contemporary romance about ice skaters.

Gabe and Maddy were both serious about their ice dancing, but I found the way they fought about whether or not they should have a romantic relationship a bit annoying. It was obvious that they both like
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

Guys, warning: this is a book crack book - by which I mean, I could NOT. STOP. READING once I started. I read on transit. I read at lunch. I read late, late into the night. It's not even that it has that many twists and turns, it's that the yearning I felt for Maddy and Gabe to get together - that feeling was so strong with this book.

Gabe and Maddy have been skating together practically since they were born. They also live next door to one another, and Ma
Nasty Lady MJ
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
To see the review with gifs click here.

Yeah, I shared that same look that Ashley Wagner had on her face during Sochi when I read this book.

I expected lots more toe picks than I got. And a love interest that didn’t make me want to barf.

Because yes, Gabe, you didn’t make me swoon you made me sick to my stomach.

That’s not a talking point. But never in 2015, have I seen a love interest that’s jut so ew inducing.

Grant it, 2015 is only nine days old and I’m sure I’ll see just as gross or grosser love
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

From the moment I read the synopsis and saw the cover of this book I knew I was going to love it . The Boy Next Door is exactly what I wanted from Althea and Oliver, one of my highly anticipated YA reads last year that failed to impress me.

The Boy Next Door follows the story of Maddy Spier, who is madly in love with her best friend and figure skating partner, Gabe. But here is the situation Gabe isn’t exactly the relationship kind of guy. So when their
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book disappointed me. I hoped for a sweet, light, romantic read, and The Boy Next Door barely checked those boxes. The writing and storyline lacked, and the scenes seemed out of order. Sometimes I felt confused and even had to reread chapters to make sense of the characters' unexpected actions. Overall 2/5 stars; I would not recommend this book. ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute! Best friend romances usually never go wrong for me. Plus I was obsessed with figure skating when I was little. Always wanted to do it. Until I got on the ice and fell and cried and realized nope not gonna happen. LOL
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages read: 56

Though I had every intention of sticking this out in my last desperate marathon of reading to complete my book challenge, it's just not worth it. This book is giving me flashbacks to One Day by David Nicholls.

Friendship to love isn't one of my favorite romance tropes, but it can be awesome. However, when it's NOT awesome almost ever is when one of the two has been secretly pining for ages. It's even less awesome when the person they've been pining for is obnoxious as hell.

With ever
Becca Fowler (PivotBookTotes)
Dear The Boy Next Door,

Oh holy feels. You are full of the feel, The Boy Next Door. I'm still basking in the glow of all the Maddy & Gabe feels, and it's been months since I first read you. I already want to read you again, that is how much I love you and your epic swoony feels. I guess that's the major reason why you were pubbed by Swoon Reads, am I right? *crickets* Okay, I suck at jokes, but for realsies, you made me swoon hard.

You follow the story of Maddy and Gabe, alternating chapters betwe
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
Feb 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ugh, this was horrible! I really wished that I had liked this book as much as I wanted to. The back and forth drama between Gabe and Maddy was ridiculous and very immature. The way he kept telling Maddy that he was player would have been message enough, but he actually starts dating her and hiding her in plain view was horrible. I wish that Maddy would have gotten the hint that he's really not that into her, but no she kept running back to him. She's basically letting him know that it's okay to ...more
Umm.. so yeah, I wasn't a fan of this book. What I wanted was a swoony romance surrounded by ice skating. What I got was two people who were kind of horrible to each other and a bunch of whining.

Let me just say, I love ice skating. I grew up watching it in the Winter Olympics and just love the sport - watching it, not doing because I'm a horrible skater. So I was super excited to pick this one up. And that cover is just adorable. But as I kept reading, I found that I was just getting more and m
Jul 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, read-2014
Initial thoughts: Sweet glory hallelujah I'm free. 1.5 stars. This was a seriously hot mess.

Full review (originally posted at Disquietus Reads :

The Boy Next Door had all the marks of pure Angie candy. Best friends falling in love are my favorite kind of romances so naturally I was all kinds of excited about this one. Unfortunately the juvenile writing, poor characterization and ridiculous drama made it a difficult book for me to get through, let alone enjoy.

The book is narrated by both Maddy and
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ice skating. Romance. Two best friends destined to be with each other. Fear. Adrenaline. What could be better, I mean ice skating, c'mon that sounds like something you don't read every day. Am I hyping you up for this book, well this is what we were all like, including me for February's chosen book of The Reader's Lounge. It sparked interest, but sadly lacked potential.

Gabe and Maddy have been best friends, ice-skating partners and neighbours for as long as they can remember. Maddy has been Gab
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Boy Next Door was such a cute read for me. I needed that laugh and smile because I was in a reading funk after reading a book that made me angry. The content was heavy and I just wanted to read something light hearted and fun. If you are looking for that then you have to read this story.

Maddy and Gabe are skating partners and best friends but Maddy has been keeping a secret from Gabe. She is in love with him and wants to be with him. To makes matter worse they have to ramp up the romance bet
Gelo Salinio
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I loved it! The plot was interesting in the book that's why I wanted to buy and read it, and to think there were actually some mature parts in the story (again never judge a book by it's cover). Maddy and Gabe's relationship was so rocky in the middle, it got quite confusing and then there's the misleading parts like Maddy's father and the skating program thing. But I must admit that I kinda fell for it unexpectedly and I love the happy epilogue it has. I really mark this as a 4 star rating sinc ...more
The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
I'm struggling between giving this book two or three stars...I have to admit that although I really loved the skating-world setting, I wasn't completely won over by the couple. The plot seemed to go in circles and the ending was a bit rushed and veryyyy cheesy (I'm not against cheesiness but there is good cheese and then there's meh cheese...I feel a bit meh about this one). ...more
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Wow, I feel so attached to these privileged but unappreciative kids who think their love story is like Romeo and Juliet.
Brianna ☯
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, books-i-own, dual-pov
4 Stars

I want to say in advance that this is an advanced readers copy, sent to me by Swoon Reads for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This December I was in the mood for a cute, swoon worthy, YA contemporary and this definitely satisfied my mood.

The Boy Next Door is about two best friends, Mad and Gabe, who love skating. They have skated together since childhood and have grown into very talented figure skaters. But, Mad holds a secret. She's been in lov
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars

Three and a half stars: A friends to lovers romance on ice.

Maddy is in love with the boy next door, but afraid to admit it. Not only is Gabe the boy next door, he is also her best friend and ice skating partner. Now as Maddy and Gabe prepare for this year's competitive season, their coach insists they must do a more romantic number. When Maddy and Gabe find out they are going to skate to Romeo and Juliet, everything changes. Will Maddy at last be able to proclaim her love
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. It had the perfect concoction of skating and best friends to lovers romance! How could I resist that? Plus, with that cute cover, there was no way that I was not going to be reading The Boy Next Door!

The Boy Next Door tells the story of Maddy and Gabe, figure skating partners and best friends. Maddy has been in love with Gabe for her whole life, but he is not one for relationship. The book is told in both Maddy
Fictional World Dreamer
I was super excited to read The Boy Next Door. It sounded like a really cute story I mean who wouldn't want to read about a couple in high school who are ice skating partners, neighbors, and best friends??? I was all in on
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But to my surprise it just didn't work out for me. There was just too much teenage drama than I was expecting. Drama and secrets, holy crap lol. I'm usually ok with it but Maddy and Gabe just pushed it.  photo giphy 6_zps47cxbf8y.gif
Gabe, you made a lot of mistakes as far as I read. You definitely l
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I'd like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

So, this is about ice skating. Do I enjoy watching ice skating? Yes. Do I know anything about it? No. I live in a tropical country, so ice skating is only a thing whenever there is a Winter Olympics. This means that I know next to nothing about triple Axels, throws and all that. Because of this, all that ice skating lingo left me a little lost. And the fact that Mad and Gabe kept usin
Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads)
Book: The Boy Next Door
Author: Katie Van Ark
Finished Reading: May 23, 2015


Ice-skating. This was so cool! Literally COOL!
Best friend romance.

The story line was quite confusing. I just felt MEH. :(
The ENDING. :( It didn't work for me.

I loved the fact that their names are Maddy and Gabe. They're unique. I don't want to dislike this book but I don't know how to love it either.

There were some cheesy moments that really appealed to me. Some of
Molly Blue
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Flat and uninspired. The conflict is there for no reason, it all could be resolved in the first chapter. The premise could be good, though. I have a weakness for ice-skating related romances.
Christine Alibutud
"Because I know what love is now. Love is an intricate filigree band. Complicated but beautiful...

...Love is three diamonds. For past, present, and future. Love is never giving up even through the Great Depression and two world wars."


Personally, I didn't love this one as much as I thought I would, but nevertheless, The Boy Next Door was still a very cute and sweet read. Around 58 chapters, I would've preferred the pacing to be done faster, because there were several times
Ashley (Loves Books)
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
**This review will post to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.**

So far I’ve read two of Swoon Reads’ books, and let me tell ya: they are definitely living up to their name! Maddie and Gabe’s story is filled with moments that stole my breathe and made me swoon so hard I actually put my hand over my heart at one point.

I’ll admit that I was shocked this got so…graphic. It’s not lewd or anything, but it’s…they go there. You know. IT. And I was kind of shocked! I don’t mind it, I found it to be quite
The Boy Next Door was February's book for the Reader's Lounge (the book club I'm part of) and even though I started following pace, I ended up finishing it too fast because I needed to know what happened!

I found it a fun and quick read, that kept me turning the pages because I wanted to know when Gabe would finally get his shit together, and what was going on with Maddy's dad!

I absolutely adored everything that was about ice skating in this book, the training, the choosing of a new program with
Kathy Martin
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent romance with a strong helping of figure skating. Maddy has been in love with the boy next door - and her skating partner - since she was a pre-schooler. They have been pairs skating since that time. But now they are seventeen and, while Maddy would like them to be boyfriend-girlfriend, Gabe is reluctant. He has never had a relationship that has lasted more than two weeks. He's afraid that if he starts something with Maddy he will wreck their lifelong friendship and their sk ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a ride! This book was written so beautifully. Love how the author integrated skating terms into the book itself. I actually went and watch quite a few Olympics figure skating pairs videos in order to understand the terms in it. But let me just say, it was worth it. This book isn't just about romance between the two childhood friends, it is so much more. It is about knowing yourself. It is about standing up after falling. It is about chasing after your dreams. Most of all, it is about believ ...more
3.5 stars

This was a cute, quick read. It was a little angstier and definitely had more teenage drama than I was expecting, but it had some really sweet parts.

Loved the dual POV and I loved the extra touch of different fonts used for Maddy and Gabe. There were a couple of twists I didn't see coming and a very satisfying ending, even if it was a tad unrealistic.

All in all, an enjoyable read.

**Huge thanks to Macmillan for sending me the arc**
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Katie Van Ark lives in Michigan with two daughters, two cats, and one very patient husband who was also her high school sweetheart. She is a member of SCBWI and RWA and a student at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She enjoys reading, writing, and of course figure skating.

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