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The Guy Next Door (Boy #1)

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To: Anda
From: Human Resouces
Subject: Buku ini

Kepada Pembaca,
Berikut ini pesan yang secara otomatis dikirim oleh Divisi Human Resources New York Journal, koran-foto utama kota New York. Menurut catatan kami Anda belum membaca buku ini. Apa lagi yang Anda tunggu?

Kami harap pegawai kami, Miss Melissa Fuller, belum mempengaruhi Anda dengan semua cerita bohongnya tentang teta
Paperback, 560 pages
Published 2003 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 2002)
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Aug 17, 2008 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 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!
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.
Sep 11, 2016 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
Jan 07, 2009 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
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
Jun 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-up-books
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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,
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 :
From : Mel Fuller
Subject : How about this one?

I know

Princess Leia, Return of the Jedi

Candy Boisvert
Jun 19, 2008 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
Rachel Brand
Feb 22, 2008 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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Sep 13, 2012 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.
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
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
Mar 12, 2015 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
Nov 14, 2016 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
Dnf at 15%. It's in emails and all the characters are OTT. Not for me .
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
No sé si tendría que ponerle tres estrellas, 3,5 o las cuatro de ahora. Pero qué importa. Ya veremos.
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)
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-read
I had a blast reading it. I will write a longer review later.

MTA: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5

I have just finished re-reading it and it was just as much fun as the first time around. This book is written as an ongoing exchange of emails (‘epistolary novel’ sounds just too 18th century 😉), and even though I am not usually a fan of this format, it worked for me here. The author managed to keep the voices distinct and different (Vivica, hee).

I might as well say it here - if you are looking for real de
Mar 16, 2012 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
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
Jan 06, 2014 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
Eve Dangerfield
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I friggin' love Meg Cabot. LOVE I SAY.
Not only did The Princess Diaries teach me more about adolescence (and New York) than my mum I would argue this book kicked off my obsession with romance novels. I found it on my cousin's bookshelf when I was 14 and have been 'borrowing' it for the last decade. I can't count how many times I've read it but each time I do I laugh and swoon and grin. That sounds like a cliche but it isn't, not to me anyway. With the exception of the not-detailed-enough-for-my
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
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Manasa Kannan
Jul 15, 2014 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CLASSIC Meg Cabot. Ahhh, how much I've missed reading her books.
Emilia Barnes
May 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, dnf, contemporary
This wasn't for me.

The book is written entirely in e-mail form, which imitates old epistolary novels, but simply doesn't work in this context. In old epistolary novels people were long distances away from each other, with no other way of communicating complicated life events. So, they could write pages and pages which looked just like chapters only told from the point of view of the letter writer. E-mails aren't the same type of format. You have people communicating in email while sitting in th
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
Sam (AMNreader)
Quick and light, addictive, but not heavy on substance. A bit dated as well, which is odd-I'd think 2009 wouldn't feel quite that way.

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