My Second Book Review!

9 Jan

The book I want to share with you this month isn’t seasonal in the slightest, but I feel that you’re probably being bombarded with seasonal cheer right now, so I won’t add to that pile.

Now last time I told you about the book “Destined to Play” and mentioned that I was trying to read The Twitter Diaries. Now I shall tell you now that I failed to finish The Twitter Diaries by Georgie Thomas and Imogen Llyod Webber. There was something about the format that made it quite unreadable for me. A story needs something more than to be told in 140 character messages. This is coming from the woman who gets bored reading her twitter feed mind.

Anyway moving on, I thought I would keep within the realms of stories told though electronic media. Now, the book I have chosen in The Guy Next Door by Meggin Cabot. Before we go any further just to clarify, Meggin Cabot is Meg Cabot, the lady who wrote The Princess Diaries? You know, that series of books that there were two movies for? Starring Anne Hathaway? And Julie Andrews?… Yeah that one!

The Guy Next Door is one of Meg Cabot’s books for grownups; she also rights adult crime, and The Queen of Babble series. Looking at this book in relation to the Princess Diaries, you can see the same writing style and the same self expression in the book that drives the plot. Instead of diary format however, we are treated to a series of emails detailing our hero and heroine’s successes (and disasters) in their attempts to woo each other.theguynextdoorcover

Our hero is Melissa “Mel” Fuller, who works for the fictional New York Paper, The New York Journal who is always late for work, but one particular day she has a good reason; she finds her next door neighbour in a coma. Ok, so no huge problem, except the problem is that she adopts the task of looking after her neighbours three pets, two cats and a great Dane. The fact that the great Dane has to be walked three times a day does not help her perpetual tardiness.

Mel eventually tracks down her neighbours nephew, informing him that he needs to come home and look after the animals. So all seems well, until you realise that the nephew asks an old friend to pretend to be him. Enter our hero, John Trent, Of the Park Avenue Trents no less (and before you ask, think of them as one of those big American families with Money, like the Kennedys).

You can see it coming a mile off, but Mel and John end up falling in love, and it all becomes one big tangled mess. I shan’t spoil anything for you by revealing too many ins and outs, but lets just say, in the end, the great Dane gets walked.

I love the format of this book, even though it is written in email format. It’s an easy style and flow that Meg Cabot does so well. The characters are almost like those out of an American sitcom, a little two dimensional and a little, but you can’t help rooting for Mel when she goes all girl power (Can I get a zigazigah? ;)).

If you want something light and easy to read, then this is the book you should pick up in that down time after Christmas. So easy to read, and one of Meg Cabot’s best books, I do feel. It is a step up from Princess Diaries, but is certainly an adult themed book.

A word to the wise however, if you dislike chick lit, then this isn’t the book for you.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


Other reads:

  • Jane Eyre  written by Charlotte Bronte. Love this book, Jane is a perfect example of a woman who can stand on her own two feet, is strong and knows when to say no! For woman I feel this is a really empowering book, and makes you realise that you don’t have to be society’s version of beautiful to get a man and live happily.
    This is a good book to get lost in over the Christmas break, the scenery that Charlotte Bronte creates is stunning, you get a real sense of place.
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. The first James Bond book, although as you read it, you wouldn’t know it. It could be in the middle of the series. There is almost a feeling that what you’re reading needs some background, but Flemming’s style feels like you have already been told everything you need to know. This might be down to the whole Spying overture of the book. Anyway, even with all the gaps, promising read, if perhaps a little awkward in a way. If you love a good spy thriller, this one’s for you!

Happy Reading! (And New Year!)

About the writer: Stef is a 21 year old graduate who has a lifelong obsession with books and reading who also loves music and live theatre. You’re most likely to find her in a book shop or out in London standing at a theatre stage door. She can be found on twitter and running The World of Blyton.


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