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The Boy Is Back

(Boy #4)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  6,073 ratings  ·  890 reviews
In this brand new novel in Meg’s fan-favorite “Boy” series, a scandal brings celebrity golfer Reed back home to the small town, the crazy family, and first love he once left behind.

Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small-town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, a decade ago to get rich on the pro golf circuit.
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by William Morrow
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Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I found out Meg Cabot was coming out with another book in her Boy series, I was so excited!


I was fan of hers for years. In fact, her Princess Diaries were first books that made me care for characters so much I wanted to know them. I was crazy about Mia Thermopolis and she was my role model in a way.

When I got a bit older, I read her Boy series and really, really loved it.
I loved the concept of b
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss

The Boy Is Back is the fourth book in the Boy series. This book is Chick Lit and is a complete standalone.

This book is told entirely through texts, emails, and journal entries.

I love that in the past 1-2 years Meg Cabot has gone back and written conclusions to some of her most popular series. First she did Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries #11 - they are now adults), then she did Remembrance (The Mediator #7 -they are now adults), and now we have The Boy is Back (a conclusion to h
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

----William Shakespeare

Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author, is back with her popular Boy series and yet once again the author has successfully enlightened the spark between two old flames in Cabot's signature style flair, complete with laughter, humor, a bit of pain and lots of emotions, that only ensure that whoever picks up a copy of her book is sure to have a good time. The Boy is Back is centered around a celebrated golf pla
Time and time again I have to pick up a book by Meg Cabot, she’s my go to author when I’m feeling down and had a crappy day, when I need to lose myself in her crazy funny worlds with her bubbly characters. She always guarantees a laugh out loud read that you find yourself up until the early hours finishing off even though you have to get up early the next day. I’ve lost count from the times that one of her books has become my new favourite, it was originally the Princess Diaries series, then Que ...more
Eva • All Books Considered
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 4.5 STARS

This book is told entirely in newspaper articles, texts, chats, e-mails, journals and product reviews. While this sounds silly and a bit fun, it totally worked for me. I liked getting so many different POV and so many different ways of telling the story. I literally devoured this -- I couldn't put it down, even for a minute. I never had any trouble getting into this book nor was any part of it not super easy and fun to read. It's just the k
Fun and funny, great at this time when I really need to laugh!
Lakshmi C
3.5 Ceramic Cats

I love Meg Cabot's Boy Series and was a happy smurf when I heard about a new book. The other 3 books  are romantic, funny, sweet and have a permanent place on my comfort re- read list.
Was this a fine addition to the Boy Series?

What worked for me :

1 Marshall and Carly
First, Marshall and Carly are the lead hero's brother and sister in law. Second, they are my favorite characters in this story and a book that revolves around these two

Meg Cabot is the queen of fluff! And this series is one of the best at it. The epistolary format consisting of emails, texts, and documents makes this a fun and quick read. The Stewart family is in trouble. Their father, a prominent local judge, tried to pay for a meal with a worthless stamp. Is he going crazy? His children are scrambling to figure their parents out and professional golfer son Reed rolls back into town. And sister-in-law Carly has decided to hire ex-girlfriend B
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, but extremely predictable. Also, Becky was basically Mia, just in a very small town and much less neurotic. Kind of boring at points because I already knew without a doubt how it'd end.

Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read since the election depleted any wells of joy/happiness I had, and for good reason.

It's been years since I've read a Meg Cabot book but I will admit this; no one writes chick-lit as well as she does and this book made me smile and grin at the ridiculous hijinks. Cabot has a talent for writing completely ridiculous sentences and infuse them with cheek and humor that you can help but adore.

I really liked the other books in this series, but I think this one might be my
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.


First the Princess Diaries series, then the Mediator series, and now THIS!? I'm so happy I could cry.

Zøe Haslie
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
· “Choose the road that leads to success, not to the basement.” ·

Believe it or not, this was my first Meg Cabot book ever. And I found it hilarious! As I turned the pages, I couldn’t stop laughing at the events.

To begin with, I find the premise of this story very appealing—boy returns home after a long exile. Boy left a girl behind and never spoke to her again (in a decade!!!) Boy never got girl out his system (pun intended). Girl never got boy out of her system either. This sounds promising.

· “Choose the road that leads to success, not to the basement.” ·

Believe it or not, this was my first Meg Cabot book ever. And I found it hilarious! As I turned the pages, I couldn’t stop laughing at the events.

To begin with, I find the premise of this story very appealing—boy returns home after a long exile. Boy left a girl behind and never spoke to her again (in a decade!!!) Boy never got girl out his system (pun intended). Girl never got boy out of her system either. This sounds promising.

But now, let’s add some fun—a lot of chaos, crazy parents (let’s just say every parent in this book is mental at some extent and lovable precisely because of that—except Trimble, we should all hate Trimble), family in denial of hoarder parents, nosy sister, small town (big hell?), naughty kids and tons of cats ♥

What I loved the most about the book, however, weren’t the characters, but the way the story is told. The narrative. Through a series of emails, chats, transcripts, journal entries, blog posts, and newspaper pieces (among others), the story moves forwards brilliantly. Everything is fast paced, things are constantly happening, and the reader gets dragged into the most weird situations. But a good laugh is guaranteed at all times!

And some romance too!

All in all, I completely enjoyed “The Boy Is Back” and I’m looking forwards to my next Meg Cabot book!!
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Becky Flowers owns a successful senior relocation business in her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. She enjoys helping seniors transition to a new life and wine tastings at her boyfriend Graham's wine and cheese bar. When she learns that local bigwig Judge Stewart and his wife have been arrested for trying to defraud a local casual eatery, she believes she can help. The Stewarts were very kind to her in the past and she wants to repay that kindness, certain this is all a misunderstanding. Howeve ...more
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
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3.5 fun Stars !

Had lots of fun buddy reading this with my lil' sis ! Had a lot of LOL moments :)
Would recommend it It as a quick one time,if your a fan of this series otherwise no harm in skipping this one *shrug*
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The unique storytelling format added a ton of humor to this second chance romance with the added story about "crazy" parents (tongue firmly in cheek).


This is my first book by Meg Cabot and it will not be my last.  I'm not sure if I should have picked this particular book to be my first, though.  But hey, you don't really know what you're getting into until you're knee deep into a book.  And once I got into the swing of how this story was going to go, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The reason why it took me a b
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Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Boy series is probably my favorite Meg Cabot series; I love the unique way the story is told and in this new installment, there's the usual text messages and emails, but there's also the Bloomville Herald articles and ads, Amazon reviews of random items that fit into the story, and even some picture messaging too! With this unique styling, I just flew through the book and really had a hard time putting it down and making the reading experience last as long as it did. Every time I had a free ...more
Gillian Berry
That was so freaking cute I'm in physical pain.

Meg definitely has a formula, but I LIVE for that formula. And actually, The Boy is Back broke from that formula in certain ways that made it even more delightful to read. Plus it's just straight up hilarious. And cute. Did I mention cute? SO CUTE.

Exactly what the doctor ordered for a gloomy day. Review to come.
Oh, how much I love that Cabot decided to do a revival of (almost) all her old series <3
Mireille Duval
The Boy series ♥

I'll be honest, this felt very shallow (particularly the love story), mostly because it's such a quick read. I LOVE an epistolary novel, but the whole email signatures etc. takes up a lot of space on the page, and thus there's less space for the actual story! But I had a lot of fun reading it and it had been a while since I had read a romance, so, I recommend it. (Particularly if you can borrow it from the library.)
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on Xpresso Reads

Earlier this year, Remembrance came out - an adult add-on to one of my favorite series growing up - and I was d.i.s.a.p.p.o.i.n.t.e.d. I had come to expect so much from Meg Cabot but the book failed to deliver and I was filled with sadness. But when I heard about The Boy is Back, I was pumped and ready to dive into the book. Fortunately, The Boy is Back is as amazing as a Cabot book should be and filled with all the sugary goodness that makes me s
Samantha Brody
4.5 stars rounding up: MEG CABOT! WROTE A NEW BOOK! IN THE BOYS SERIES! Really, that alone, was enough to have me read it. Also the Tim & Dolly cameos was A+ much appreciated.

So, I absolutely completed loved the epistolary update from ten years ago--texts for emails! Newspaper articles! FB events!--though I am still waiting for my epistolary romance with tweets somebody please write for me? As usual the mystery was not too mysterious but I am liked seeing Carly's hatred justified
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Such a cute story AND it's an epistolary novel. I loved the use of text messages, emails, newspaper articles, online reviews, and even the transcript of an interview to show the characters actually having a conversation. This way, you got so many perspectives and you got to really know all of the characters. Plus, it was just plain funny. And really, really perfect for my first Meg Cabot book. All of the books in this series -- this was the fourth and naturally I started with it because I'm awful -- are epistolary i ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
I know this book is a bit hit and miss with some people, but I actually really enjoyed it.
I liked the fact that it's told in text messages and emails and letters.
The wit and humour really comes across with it.
This story isn't just about a romance with an ex, it's so much more like family and betrayal in families and friendship.
You can read this book as a standalone like I did.
Definitely recommend!
Camilla Isley
I loved this book... like the others in the boy series I really enjoy the modern epistolary writing style. I think it was completely genius. This novel has plenty of humor and a cute, sweet romance.

I would suggest buying this book in a physical format, I read it on the iPad, but I couldn't zoom and it was difficult at times.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful treat from Meg Cabot. I missed this series and the style of writing (the entire story is told through text messages, instant messages, emails, etc...). It was fun with charming characters. I was a happy camper. Full review to come.
Fernanda Leite
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wishlist, ebook
I can't believe the first book of the year is already a 5 star and favorite!
There's no way to not like this series. I wish Meg could write one per year because seriously, it's perfect! I WANT MORE!
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars because it's exactly what you expect from a Meg Cabot book.

Oda Renate
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
not my fave in her companion series but still very enjoyable.
and the twist! wow did not see it coming.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was cute reading the text messages and emails for awhile but after it just makes you cringe..I personally need one on one conversations between the characters.
Hope my next one is good :|
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