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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  5,999 ratings  ·  243 reviews
Sylvia O'Mara has spent the last four years trying to get over her high school sweetheart, who after breaking off their relationship left town without any reasons. With the help of her friends she has moved on and started dating a mysterious bad boy. She isn't happy, but she's content; until she meets the new neighbor.

Quinn Lobato has recently moved to Minneapolis to finis
ebook, 301 pages
Published October 20th 2010 by Central Avenue Publishing (first published July 1st 2010)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jan 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
If you don't already know, I thoroughly enjoyed Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, even though I was well aware of its problems. I couldn't help it, it was sort of a guilty pleasure book. So when a discussion popped up on my Goodreads homepage regarding books that were similar to Beautiful Disaster, I took a peek and wrote down a few suggestions. Across the Hall was one such suggestion, and I can honestly say that I will never take a recommendation that lightly again.

I'm assuming you've read t
Aug 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm very disappointed in this book. I thought I'll like it or at least enjoy it to some point, but, honestly, it too cheesy and amoral.

What I didn't like?

*the change in POV's was really shitty, I didn't need to see through a whole day twice. The author should learn from Simone Elkeles.
*the idea- nothing new there
*TMI in descriptions, I got bored quite fast. I even started reading diognally at 18th chapter, so I'd fucking finish it already
*when Sylvia and Quinn finally got back together every cha
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, beta-hero
I've read numerous reviews in which the reviewer has said "I really wanted to like this". I never fully comprehended what that meant until I read Across the Hall so here it goes... I so WANTED to like this book, unfortunately in the end it just didn't spin my wheel.

What I wanted to like about it... I love second chance romances. It is without a doubt my most favorite theme. In Across the Hall we have Sylvia who is a grad student and lives in a small apartment building. Four years ago her boyfri
Farmers Wife
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-this
50% through and loving this story! Takes me back to those early 20s when we think we know who we are and where we are going but later learn, we weren't quite there? Or, that we knew more than we gave ourselves credit for.

Great Chick-Lit book with a small love triangle!
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was not the kind of story where girl and boy skate around their attraction and then they get together and BOOM end of story!!! NM Facile introduces us to the main characters, Sylvia and Quinn, and lets on that each one has had their life turned upside down by the one that got away. With a great cast of supporting characters, it was hard not to like this story. Quinn and Sylvia were high school sweethearts until after graduation Quinn breaks up with her out of the blue and breaks Sylvia's he ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
A tale of ex boyfriends, never-ending innuendo, crime mixed in with college romance, plus a dash of friendships, picnics, bowling and somehow teenage pregnancy.

I can't explain it. The plot just didn't click - none of the pieces matched up to me, as the plot flittered from one path to another. First it's about undying love, then about lust, then about 'hey I still love you', then it's about deciding who to love, then it's 'hey my not-so-boyfriend-boyfriend-was-actually-a-criminal', then the show
★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

Sylvia O’Mara has spent the last four years trying to get over her high school sweetheart, who after breaking off their relationship left town without any reasons. With the help of her friends she has moved on and started dating a mysterious bad boy. She isn't happy, but she's content; until she meets the new neighbor.

Quinn Lobato has recently moved to Minneapolis to finish college close to his parents. His mother found the perfect apartment for him close to campus and assured him it has everyth
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Quinn was perfect and swoon worthy, I loved Quinn and Sylvia together and rooted for them from the beginning. This book made laugh, cry, and made me full of joy. All the supporting characters were great and I loved them just as much as Quinn and Sylvia. I also realy liked that everyone's story got wrapped up perfectly. This book is definite worth it and excellent read!
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This was a good book. Pretty predictable, but a nice read. It was a bit long in certain parts - but I didn't skim .. at all. It pulled me along through to the end.

This was again, a story about the strength of love and how when you are young, do you really understand that the depth of some feelings doesn't just happen...? Being so young and new to relationships and the accompanying emotions... and a love so strong. Is it easy to assume this will happen again ... repeatedly? The two main ch
Jul 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
This may sound harsh but I honestly wish I could erase ever reading this book and could have spent that time doing something even marginally better like watching clothes dry. I really can't bring myself to write a review. Apart from the fact that the writing was terrible and the infodumps were endless, it looks the author just tried to slip in as many sex scenes as she could (with the most cliché descriptions).So with that, I'll just put a few random passages and let you decide for yourself. I w ...more
Liz Cope
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm not going to be harsh in this review as I usually am for most 2 star books, I will be brutally honest though. Self-publishing has been an amazing thing for the world, we found authors and books that would never have come to light without self-publishing. Yet the downside to it is that publishing houses weed out authors who just aren't ready to be published, and Across the Hall would have been one of those books. From the writing, to the character development, to even the flashbacks this nove ...more
Alexandria Tugot
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was tolerable for the first two chapters, and then it just got annoying. There were times when I felt like my brain was going to explode because of the stress the characters put me through.

The book could have been written a whole lot better. There were times when I wished that the characters weren't so stupid (Sylvia, my God, she was so stupid like 80% of the time).

Also, I found Beau to be such a horrible villain. I mean, what kind of villain would be a stalker ex boyfriend? Beau was s
Oct 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
I really wish I hadn't spent .99 on this book. I normally love indie books (where I first discovered Amanda Hocking and Jamie McGuire, both phenomenal story tellers) but this was just awful.

Sylvia is an extremely annoying and selfish main character. She is self centered and kind of a slut. Yes, I really did say that. I thought the story line dragged and I only read it so I could know what happened at the end. Even the relationship between Sylvia and Quinn was lacking in development especially a
Really good debut novel...well thought-out plot and engaging characters. A totally hot beta hero and a heroine worthy of him. The sex scenes rocked as they were not only explicit but very sensual...the amazing chemistry Quinn & Sylvia shared was undeniable and explosive.

Across The Hall will suck you right into the story and run you through the gamut of emotions, concluding with a perfect epilogue - the kind romance readers yearn for in every novel but very rarely see. I am looking forward t
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately did not enjoy this as much as I hoped I would.

The main problem of Across the Hall is pretty typical of authors in this genre - too much emphasis on the romance and not enough on the actual plot line or background to the story. Most of the book was filled with lackluster love scenes that weren't all that inspiring.

The characters themselves were also 2D. I didn't sympathize all that much with either Sylvia or Quinn, which sucked because they were the main characters. After finishing
Across the Hall is basically about second chance on love. I am a sucker in reading about old couples who drift apart and once again found themselves back in each other’s arms. NM Facile made an amazing story of love and friendship in Across the Hall. The main characters Sylvia and Quinn were once high school sweethearts who broke up after graduation and things for them were never the same again.

Until four years later, they once again saw each other and found out that they just live Across the Ha
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I want to say a HUGE thank you to my Goodreads friend Chanda for lending me this e-book via kindle!

I absolutely loved this romance about two high school sweethearts that are seperated after graduation only to meet up years later after some growth, maturity and plenty of drama!

Sylvia and Quinn were together in h.s. (first loves I guess you could say) and broke up before they both went to seperate colleges. I love this story and how Quinn was brough back into Sylvia's life and all the ups and down
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: have-on-nook
Across The Hall started strong. The main characters Sylvia and Quinn were likable enough and their backstory led to some drama filled scenes that kept me wanting more. Told in alternating points of view (which I always love) we were able to experience the thoughts and feelings of both Sylvia and Quinn seeing each other again since their breakup years earlier, sparks flying all over the place! I really loved all the secondary characters and the bad boy Beau was the perfect bit of conflict needed ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Apparently I shouldn't be reading books about high school sweethearts reuniting after years apart because The Davis Years by Nicole Green was one of my worst reads of 2011 and I didn't like this book. In fact, I couldn't even finish it.

I couldn't stand the character's names. Quinn? Sloane? Reed? Kai? Kerrington? Why so many weird names? WHY? Another thing that bothered me was Quinn's POV was too feminine. It was so obvious that his voice was written by a female author. The dialog between other
Mar 06, 2012 marked it as fanfiction-oh-fanfiction
I whiled away a couple of hours reading this book. I was stuck with nothing else to read.

This was utterly predictable and held no surprises as I read along. I have to agree with other reviews and say that the narration (switching back and forth between two first person points of view) is repetitive. The story began as Twilight fanfiction, and I think this origin explains the bad writing.
Claire Robinson
Feb 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
Ewwwwwwwww. I need a palate cleanser. Pronto. D:
Emma Louise
Jul 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook
"It surprised the hell out of me when the bad boy from across the bar came up to me and started dancing with me"

I want to open on this quote for a number of reasons;
a) This is something I might have written when I was 10.
b) Don't judge a book by it's cover, even if you end up right about the 'bad boy'; and
c) It's just hilarious.

I found a copy of this book because I read quite a negative review and for some reason, it's the bad books that intrigue and excite me more than the supposed good books t
Aoibheann { ⊱Aoibh Reads⊰ }

Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Recommend: Not really


Review originally posted on Aoibh Reads

Sylvia had her heart broken when Quinn ended their relationship together before heading to college. 4 years later, Sylvia is still hurting but trying to move on with her life. But when Quinn moves to the same university, and is living across the hall, Sylvia has to struggle with battling her old feelings. Meanwhile, she is trying to move on with bad boy Beau, but she soon realises she got more th
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I downloaded this book months ago with the intention of reading it but there were so many other books I wanted to read, so I didn’t read it until now. I am sorry I waited! I loved it!

This is the story of Sylvia and Quinn- they were high school sweethearts until Quinn broke Sylvia’s heart. It is now 4 years later and Sylvia has finally moved on after being devastated. She attends school and lives in an apartment building where her good friends also live- Reed, Sloane, Kai and Kerry. Although she
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-stars, 3-stars

I swear I should just rename my blog “THE ROAD TO FINDING THE NEXT BEAUTIFUL DISASTER.” Every single time I pick up a book, I compare it to Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I don’t compare the characters, the plot or the author’s writing styles. Nope. I compare the way the novel makes me feel- while I am reading and after I am finished reading. There are very few novels (I can count them on one hand) that have
Shameeka Alexis
DNF at 79%

I couldn't go any further.
These quotes from the book are self-explanatory and I'm guessing they would justify my rating.

Terrible writing...

“He asked me what growing up with a cop as a father was like. I told him that I guessed it was like any other father-daughter relationship would be like.”

That's a very accurate answer...

“My happy go lucky best friend, Kai-ying had insisted that I go out was going to find my Mr. Right very soon and no one argues with Kai and her freaky future feel
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Across The Hall and I was just amazed on how well developed the story was. There are some emotional rifts, but there are just so many good feeling moments as well; it was impossible to put this story down. It was absolutely wonderful. Towards the end, I have to admit, my heart tugged a little, for a good reason, and I was just very pleased on how things went at the end, to me like it should be, and was. The characters were well written, just so well written. Quinn and Sylvia: the ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beautiful Disaster lovers
Recommended to Fred by: Amy
Kind of a funny book for me, I found every character kind of irritating, but still had a hard time putting it down, and def got absorbed in the story. Sylvia comes to life, and is charming and realistically mixed up. Quinn, both too bad and too good to be true. Beau Dalton ... girls, if you ever meet someone with a name like this, run a background check BEFORE getting involved with him. Towards the end I felt like I was reading a Dickens novel where everything seemed to conspire against Sylvia's ...more
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