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The Good Neighbor

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,234 ratings  ·  205 reviews
When small lies have big consequences…

Things are a little rough for Izzy Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the newly single mom moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is difficult, but with the help of her best friends—and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman—Izzy feels like she’s stepping closer to
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Elyse  Walters
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"The Good neighbor", by Amy Sue Nathan, reads quickly. I was glad.
I was neutral to this novel.
I'm 63 years old. I've never been divorced - never been a single mother - never had the 'type'
of girlfriends the main character had in this story. Nothing broke my heart or inspired it.
I found myself reading this story the same way I might read a magazine article while waiting for a dentist appointment. The story kept me company -- wasn't horrible---but nothing broke my heart, but nothing inspired i
Judy Collins
Talented Amy Sue Nathan returns after her winning debut, The Glass Wives , with her latest contemporary, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR --filled with humor, friendship, and life’s complications.

Izzy Lane is going through a rough patch. She has been dumped by Bruce, her husband, and as a single mom, she decides to move back to Philadelphia, to the home where she grew up after her parents have moved. Along with her five-year-old son, Noah-- she works as a high school counselor, where she is determined to l
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review.

When I read the description for this book, I was expecting a lighthearted chic-lit story with accidental romance and misunderstandings. Instead I got a really emotionally satisfying read of one woman’s journey into finding herself again. Izzy Lane is a recently divorced mother who has just moved back into her childhood home. She’s going through many things all at once... mourning the loss o
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have a few things in common with Izzy: we're Jewish, we're working mothers, we're turning 40 (or just did, in the case of this story), and we blog on a regular basis. While I couldn't relate to certain things she was going through, I could still understand why she made the choices she did. She was a sympathetic character and I wanted her to triumph by the end of the story.

Amy Sue Nathan provides an array of interesting characters, strong dialogue, vivid descriptions, and some interesting twis
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book! Living in a small town with a minuscule Jewish population, I enjoy reading about the culture - my culture. Unfortunately, this was not the one for me. Maybe it's my morals but I really don't expect everything I read on the internet to be 100 % true so the drama presented, that the boyfriend she writes about is made-up, was much ado about nothing. Then, the presentation of the story was not enough for me to follow/enjoy/become immersed in the story. I would have ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a great little story about a recently divorced woman who ends up having to move back into the house she grew up in, next door to the woman who used to babysit her when she was a little girl. That's something that you rarely see these days. Most people have the big house for the kids and downsize when they become empty nesters.

Anyway, the story was very entertaining and dealt with a lot of single mom issues that most single moms have. There was one huge issue that happened, an innocent t
Ellen Wiseman
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-pregnant
I stayed up way too late last night because I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Izzy Lane! Amy Sue Nathan's writing is excellent in this wonderful story about friendships, honesty, and the lengths we will go to help and support those we love. It's full of surprising twists and interesting characters, and I'll be thinking about it for a long time. Highly recommended! ...more
Cathy Lamb
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Good Neighbor. Izzy, the main character, is so easy to relate to. Divorced, single mother, life is falling apart, and she is working and trying...and then she makes up a man. An imaginary man. And she writes about him. And everything goes from there. It's hilarious, you cringe for her, you hope for her, you can tell exactly when she's making mistakes but you still root for's a fast paced book. Totally recommend. ...more
Susan Peterson
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Secrets and lies change lives. And rarely in a good way." So it goes for Izzy Lane, divorced mother of a little boy, who compensates for her feelings of inadequacy by making up a fake boyfriend in her blog. Hiding the truth from the people she is closest to not only makes her feel guilty, but keeps her from truly moving on in her life. The characters in this story spring to life on the pages of this book; relatable and flawed, but lovable just the same. The Good Neighbor is filled with heart, h ...more
Cathy Geha
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When her husband leaves their marriage Izzy heads for a safe place with her son – that place is the house she grew up in. Renting from her parents she continues with parenting Noah, her job as a guidance counsellor and spending time with her friends while she tries to accept that her dreams for the future won’t come true…at least not as she once expected them to. As the book blurb mentions…she creates a fictitious beau who is perfect and then blogs about him lying to her ex, her friends and the ...more
Priscille Sibley
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-pregnant, 2015
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by Amy Sue Nathan starts out with strong voice and a strong character, Izzy Lane. Here's the first line: "The doorbell rang and I knew it was my ex, just like when my lip tingled and I knew it was a cold sore." How great is that line? It's not false advertisement. The book has many more. Some are zingers. Some are heartwarming. Some impart wisdom. Amy Sue Nathan knows how to bring balance to writing.

Although Izzy is flawed and although she has made a relatable error, she is co
Melissa iorio
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All who want laughs, comfort. Fun, funny serious, cozy, easy read.
Recommended to Melissa by: Goodreads First Reads Won. Thank You so much!! St. Martin's Press
My God, I needed this read. First sentence and the story took off. No having to wait to be pulled in and relate to, laugh at and with the MC situations and things she did. Wonderful read which I know I'll read again. I cannot express how much this was needed on so many levels and I cannot wait to get a finished copy to add quotes and trivia. I love that part. Extremely enjoyable read and quick read that's satisfying.

Thank you so much @Goodreads and @StMartinsPress for this gift which I entered
Jamie Raintree
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It was a fun, easy read, like a breath of fresh air. Nathan's portrayal of a mother's love for her child was so perfect and endeared me to Izzy. I also enjoyed that Izzy was a blogger--I haven't read another book with a blogging main character so it was fun to see the familiar behind the scenes, the ups and downs that come with the job, portrayed in fiction with such honesty. The characters were interesting and the ending very satisfying. Highly recommended! ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable read. I wanted something lighter and though there are some sadder moments, I laughed and really rooted for Izzy to find her footing. And I hoped that when her truth came out, it didn't leave a lot of sadness in it's wake. (You can read it and find out what I mean) ...more
Holly Robinson
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book, and it came at exactly the right time for me. I'd just finished several wonderful but slow-paced novels and was feeling sluggish myself. When I cracked open The Good Neighbor, I immediately knew I was in for a treat. Yes, there are the usual conventions here—a woman starting over, comic mishaps, a romance that you know is brewing before Izzy, the main character does. But Amy Sue Nathan writes with such sharp humor and with such a big he ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

This book was just "there". It reads very quickly, which is good because I had a very hard time getting invested in the characters. There was very little character development and the story just plodded along and there wasn't really any context as to why Izzy did anything that she was doing. Sure, she was jealous that her ex-husband had moved on, but how long had they been divorced? He left, but why?

Barbara White
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you love voice, this is the novel for you. Izzy Lane is a fabulous character, and I loved her voice from page one. I also fell hard for her elderly neighbor, who spoke to me on many levels. THE GOOD NEIGHBOR is a fun, fast read that feels very relevant to now--social media taking on a life of its own; adult kids trying to deal with independent, aging parents; the dating life of older, divorced parents. I think this would be a great book club pick--lots to discuss over a bottle of wine.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
great characters but hard for me to understand all the drama about a made up boyfriend. it was a non issue. loved Izzy's life story and her relationship with her neighbor. would have loved if it focused more on their story. reminded me in s good way of early Jennifer Weiner. will look for more by this author. ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
A light, fun, easy read! I loved the story!
Alison Hammer
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A friend recommended this book, and once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down.

I started reading The Good Neighbor on a flight and was disappointed when the plane landed so I had to stop reading (for a while, at least). The characters were real, relatable and lovable—and their story kept me turning the pages. I wanted Mrs. Feldman to be my neighbor and I was rooting for Izzy to get the happy ending she deserved, even though she kept making mistakes along the way. But isn't that what we all do?
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I haven’t read a proper chic lit book in a while. This one was cute. It ended how I assumed it would (typical romance outline). I also seem to have a thing with book covers containing doors. This one makes three read this year. And my next bet - has a door on it too. Maybe I’m looking for the next best neighbour thriller?
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice, easy beach read. Enjoyed the storyline.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars: An entertaining read with interesting characters, but it lacked a bit of something.

Izzy doesn't know how her blog became so popular. It started out as an outlet for her after her husband, Bruce, left her. Izzy invented a fake boyfriend, Mac, on her blog to make her feel better, and readers have are enamored with Mac and Izzy's dating adventures. Things notch up when Izzy's best friend, Jade, offers her an opportunity to take her blog onto her popular Philly Pop blog. Izzy is hesita
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

After her divorce, Izzy Lane is trying to move on. Going back to living in her childhood home was not what Izzy was expecting, but it was the smarter decision. The rent is low and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman, is a great emotional support; she also helps her with her five-year-old son, Noah, as she helped her mom when Izzy was growing up.
Izzy is going out and dating, but is one disaster date after another. Her experiences are so funny she decides to w
Annie McDonnell
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Izzy (Elizabeth) Lane is a single-mother to a five-year-old boy named Noah. She is trying to make ends meet after her husband Bruce leaves her. She is forced to move back to the home she grew up in. I wish she was able to convince herself that she was lucky she had a place to go home to.
Her ex-husband loses his job, leaves Philadelphia to go to California for about a month with his girlfriend, “to network himself”. No connection to Bruce. Did not like this man. He was leaving his responsibilitie
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
What an unexpectedly delightful read. Unexpectedly only because I wasn't familiar with Amy Sue Nathan's work before reading The Good Neighbor. I am now a fan. I mainly read historical fiction, but every once in a while I come across a book (or a rather a book cover) that intrigues me. This was one of those books. I mean, it truly is one of the best covers I've seen in a long time. Simple and beautiful. But, this is not the reason I recommend this book. The story line really was good. REALLY GOOD ...more
Nicholle Thery-Williams
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The main character, Izzy, was so relatable to me. She felt like a girlfriend. Izzy is going through big changes in her life and we as readers get to navigate those changes with her. At points I found myself yelling at Izzy to make a different choice than the one she made. Life is messy and change is hard but with family and friends we can make it through.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lies and secrets. Are they okay? Can they bring trouble? Who do they hurt?

Well Izzy Lane is about to find out. She is a single mother, with a delightful five year old son Noah, and she has returned home to her family home and the neighborhood she grew up in. She wants to move forward after her divorce from Bruce Silverstein.

In the next door house is the delightful older woman, Mrs Feldman. Izzy spent much time with her when she was growing up, and now that relationship takes up again, in all its
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
Recently divorced, Izzy finds herself right back where she started -- literally, she's living in the house she grew up in (her parents have moved on to retirement), struggling to take care of her young son Noah, and dealing with the fact that her ex, Bruce, is dating again. A school counselor by day, Izzy finds solace in blogging about her woes and dating life online at night. But when she starts writing about an imaginary boyfriend, "Mac," to make herself feel better about Bruce's new girlfrien ...more
Lisa Morin
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, netgalley
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. All thoughts are my own.

In a world where social media is a big part of every day life, it is easy to create, pretend, fabricate.... not to hurt anyone, just to escape.....and that is what Izzy Lane did...
In Izzy's opinion, she has come full circle. She did everything she was supposed to do. She went to college, got married, had a, she is living back in her childhood home where it all began. Divorc
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