Genre: Fiction - Chick lit
Publisher: Avon Trade, 2002
Other Works: The Princess Diaries, Boy Meets Girl
Flags: Tenuous references
Rating: A-, or Good w/ Minor Problems
Premise: Mel is a newspaper columnist in New York, who gets a mysteriously handsome new nextdoor neighbor. He's got a weak spot for redheads, but he's also got a secret . . .
Meggin Cabot's The Boy Next Door is what I like to call a "fluff" book--it's all about fun. Cleverly structured and written, it truly is entertaining from the first page to the last. It was a little difficult to get used to only hearing part of the story in the beginning; the entire thing is written in emails between the characters. But, once you get used to hearing about everything that happens after the fact, it's quite enjoyable, not to mention extremely creative.
Whimsical, sweet, funny, and clever--all the qualities a good fluff book should have. I love it when I read the last line of a fluff book, and all I can do is grin. =)