Summary from GoodReads:
Gossip columnist and single New York City girl Mel lives 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?
Meg Cabot has does it again! She has gotten me out of a reading slump once again! I was in a serious reading slump, this time, too. I started reading four different books (all books I want to read, and think I will enjoy), but I just couldn’t get into them. I decided that I should try reading a different type of book, so I grabbed the only book I had that was categorized for grown ups (I don’t want to call it an adult book, because it sounds like I am talking about something else). I am so glad that it was The Boy Next Door.
This book was published in 20o2, so it might seem a bit dated, but it is still amazing! The whole book is told in emails between the main characters (Melissa and John) and all their friends, and family. I must admit that sometimes I wish it was just a regular narrative, but overall I did like all the emails. Cabot did such a good idea of creating distinctive personalities (and email writing styles) for each of the characters! I mean, even if the character’s name was not at the top of each email, about half way through the novel, I think I would have been able to tell who wrote which email because each email had so much personality! Does that make sense?
And seriously, I am totally in love with John! Yep, in LOVE! Although he is no Mr. Darcy (but who is!?), he was dreamy, but in a very realistic way. I could totally picture someone like that walking down the street. Mel is just great, too. What a great MC. The supporting characters were awesome! I particularly liked Nadine, Jason, Stacey, Brittany and Haley, Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, Vivica. Okay, I just about loved all the characters, even the annoying ones.
Just so you know, the mystery really plays a small part of this book. I highly recommend this book. Meg Cabot is fantastic!