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Published October 25th 2005 by Avon (first published October 1st 2002)
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Connie
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trilogies-ish
Well it is almost 1 o'clock and I just finished this book. I couldn't put it down. It was just a really fun, easy read which I am all about. It is different from other books I've read, It is written all in e-mails, which you think might not carry the story very well but it did. I kept thinking ok one more e-mail and I'm going to bed.

The only thing that irritated me a little is the main character (Mel) calls her mom and dad mommy and daddy, I don't know, something about an adult doing that rubbe
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Simone Elkeles
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was so much fun. I mean, I saw the ending coming from a mile away and it was mega cheesy, but still, SO FUN. I can't believe I waited so long to start this series. Meg Cabot is my queen ...more
Sara
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.
Jennifer
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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Nasty Lady MJ
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reread 2020:

Such an improvement over the last Cabot book I am bumping it up from a four to five star review though it's probably really a 4.5 star book.

This one is really tropey and Cabot really does have signature tropes but I did enjoy it. It is a comfort read through and through. In a lot of ways, it sort of reminds me of a modern remake of one of those old Doris Day and Rock Hudson movies my mom used to make me watch as a kid.

To see review of whole series with gifs click here.

In a lot of w
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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
Rose
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,
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Laura
Jun 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: grown-up-books
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victoria_tonks
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
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Jessica
Well.. let’s just say I’m neutral like Switzerland.
zainab
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book in February but had to put it down because a) I got busy as hell and b) I got sick so yeah finally picked it up and so glad I did!
This one took me back time when I used to read every Sophie Kinsella book I could get my hands on. Those simpler times when I didn't care much about overly analyzing every aspect of the book and just reading it for the sake of pleasure. I guess, due to this fact I have decided to go a little back and read all those old books for the sake of
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Anshu Sharma
There are many instances that makes the book feel dated but still a cute and fluffy story.
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
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Syndi
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF

I enjoy No Judgements by Meg Cabot. I really do. I want to like The Boy Next Door. Its just... too much email conversation in this book. I can not keep up. I know this is suppose to be rom com. There is some funny part in the email correspondent. I can not keep up with the pace of the story though.

What a disappointed.

2 stars
Rebekah
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful frothy romance written entirely in emails to and from our heroine and her friends, love interest, coworkers, family, and acquaintances. It is well-written and engaging. The protagonists are likable, even endearing. I didn't think anything could be lighter than Sophie Kinsella, but apparently Meg Cabot has managed to make her adult novels even lighter (if this is representative) and just as fun. It is utterly predictable and I usually do like more depth and emotion, but I couldn't re ...more
Jess
So, I asked on twitter what makes people think something qualifies as an epistolary work of fiction, and while I said that I wanted at least 50% of written communication, I think it's possible that 100% is too much? Maybe especially if it's all email. If it was mixed up with email, texting, voice memos, whatever, I think it would work better for me. Granted, based on when I THINK this was set, texting was probably less of a thing or nonexistent, but wow, some of the times they were emailing just ...more
Alaina
I was so freaking hesitant to try another series by Meg Cabot.. but I did it guys.

The Boy Next Door was a cute and pretty predictable story. I didn't really care about the characters too much. Mostly because they seem so freaking forgettable. The entire book was written in like an email form - which I have nothing against, it was just so different from what I'm used to.

At first this book seemed like it would be a little amazing to read. Maybe some laughs here and there.. but then it went downhil
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Candy Boisvert
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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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: chick-lit, 2004
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
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 : jerrylives@freemail.com
From : Mel Fuller
Subject : How about this one?

I know

Princess Leia, Return of the Jedi

Mel
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Lulufrances
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.
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Jess
Nov 30, 2017 marked it as abandoned
8%, and I can't take the email format. I love dialogue, character interaction, the author interjecting snarky observations about what's happening. Email is... so cold. But this is just me, and so far the writing is funny and colourful. ...more
Heather
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I'm not gonna lie...I didn't even finish this book, but that's because it was so absolutely boring that I couldn't even force myself to continue. Which is sad because the last book I read by this author was really good. This entire book is made up of email conversations between people so I felt no connection to the characters. Plus it was just like random conversation and I couldn't really follow much of a storyline....I'm not usually one to not finish a book, but reading 50 pages of this wa ...more
Ruby Rose
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 18 and older
This book has absolute possibility in my mind. I didn't finish it due to how pushy this book was getting. As well as the swearing was too much for me. Yes. The swearing was too much for me. NEVER has that happened. I just don't stop a book because of swearing. But this one had just too much. About 1 per page. And instead of actually meaning something, you know trying to make something really bad or worse. It just became normal. Please read the writing below:

PARENT NOTE: This is not a good book f
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Leslie
I’ve read this book a few times but it’s been years this time around. Some things didn’t age well but it was still such a fun read.
Sophie
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
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
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Punya Nayak
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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. Friedl
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Anne
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Reign
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

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