Friday Recommends is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper. This week, I am recommending one of my favourite books by the hilarious author Meg Cabot, The Boy Next Door. I first picked up a copy of this book at a used book store in Paris, another reason this book holds sentimental value for me, but I quickly became a huge fan of Meg Cabot's adult fiction. The two books that follow in the series, Boy Meets Girl and Every Boy's Got One are both great reads as well. Here's the Goodreads summary:
Gossip columnist and single New York City girl Melissa lives in the most exciting place in the world, yet she's bored with her lovelife. But things get interesting fast when the old lady next door is nearly murdered. Mel starts paying closer attention to her neighbors--what exactly is going on with the cute boy next door? Has Mel found the love of her life--or a killer?Just to give a more in-depth summary than Goodreads provided, The Boy Next Door is written entirely in the form of emails. Hilarious and fast-paced, the story follows Mel after her neighbor is nearly murdered and she is stuck taking care of a Great Dane and two terrified cats. Enter Max Friedlander, nephew of the comatose Mrs. Friedlander and famed photographer who has returned to look after his elderly aunt's pets. Unbeknownst to Melissa, "Max" is really John Trent, Max's old college buddy who owed him a favor and now has been wrangled into impersonating Max so his aunt will never know he chose a vacation with a supermodel over rushing to his aunt's bedside. Mel and John find themselves falling in love, but trouble is abound in this tale of mistaken identities, murderous plots and adorably funny romance.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romance or any of Meg Cabot's young adult books, as her humorous and imaginative style is still prevalent in her books for an older generation. I still get out this book and read it whenever I'm feeling down - it has the effect!