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Review: The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

Posted October 18, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: The Boy is Back by Meg CabotReviewer: Rowena
The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot
Series: Boys Series #4
Also in this series: The Boy Next Door (Boys #1), Boy Meets Girl (Boys #2)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Pages: 400
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Series Rating: four-stars

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot comes the sweetly humorous story of a man who has to face his past in order to find his future.

Sometimes to move forward, you have to go back…

One post. That’s all it took to destroy the care free, glamorous life of pro golfer Reed Stewart. One tiny post on the Internet.

Then again, it’s not like Reed’s been winning many tournaments lately, and his uncle isn’t the only one who says it’s because of the unfinished business he left behind back home in Bloomville, Indiana—namely Reed’s father, the Honorable Judge Richard P. Stewart, and the only girl Reed ever loved, Becky Flowers.

But Reed hasn’t spoken to either his father or Becky in over a decade.
Until that post on the Internet. Suddenly, Reed’s family has become a national laughingstock, his publicist won’t stop calling, his siblings are begging for help, and Reed realizes he has no other choice: He’s got to go home to face his past . . . the Judge and the girl he left behind.

Becky’s worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed—which hasn’t been easy, considering he’s their hometown’s golden boy, and all anyone ever talks about. It was fine while they were thousands of miles apart, but now he’s back in Bloomville. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him—until his family hires her to help save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another…or the memories of that one fateful night.

Can the quirky residents of Bloomville bring these two young people back together, or will Reed and Becky continue to allow their pasts to deny them the future they deserve?

This warm, thought-provoking book, told entirely in texts, emails, and journal entries, is as much about the enduring bond of families as it is about second chances at love, and will delight as much as it entertains.

Meg Cabot is back with another book for her Boys series. This series is unique because the entire story is told through text messages, IM’s, newspaper articles and that kind of stuff.

This story follows Becky Flowers and Reed Stewart as they find their ways back to each other after ten years of being apart. Becky and Reed were high school sweethearts who were madly in love with each other until prom night when they got drunk and drove Reed’s fathers golf cart into the pond and Reed skipped town, leaving Becky behind without a goodbye or a fare-thee-well. Becky was left heartbroken but it’s ten years later and she is so over all of that, and over him too…right?

Reed goes on to become a wealthy professional golfer and hasn’t stepped foot in his hometown of Bloomville in ten years. The only people that he keeps in contact with from Bloomville are his siblings and their spouses. He hasn’t seen or heard from Beckly Flowers since he left her behind on prom night and while he’s sorry about it, there’s not much he can do to fix things now. Reed blows back into town when his parents go off the deep end and he’s needed to help fix their lives. He wasn’t expecting to see Becky at all but when her business ends up being the perfect way to help his parents (she owns a senior moving company where they relocate seniors to nursing homes, etc…).

Becky isn’t one to turn away business so of course she signs on to help the senior Stewarts relocate, even if it means spending time with the son that broke her heart and never gave an explanation for why he left her behind. Reading along as these two reconnected and then reunited with one another was a lot of fun. Between the shenanigans between Reed and his siblings and then Becky and her Mom, sister and best friend, I laughed my way through this book. This book has Cabot’s signature humor and the romance really worked for me. I loved Reed, loved Becky and everyone else except Reed’s sister. I hated her. Ha!

This was a fun treat and was perfect for a light weekend read. I definitely recommend to fans of Meg Cabot’s adult books and fans of contemporary romances. Good stuff!

Grade: 4 out of 5


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Review: Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot.

Posted February 21, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Rowena’s review of Every Boy’s Got One (Boys #3) by Meg Cabot.

Main Character: Jane Harris
Love Interest: Cal Langdon
Series: Boys Series, Book 3
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When cartoonist Jane Harris’s best friend Holly, New York Journal art director, announces that she’s eloping to Italy with longtime doctor boyfriend Mark, and asks Jane to come along as her witness, Jane jumps at the chance, delighted by the prospect of her first ever trip to Europe.

What Jane doesn’t gamble on is Mark’s witness, New York Journal foreign affairs correspondent Cal Langdon. It’s hate at first sight for Jane and Cal, and neither is too happy at the prospect of sharing a villa with one another for a week —not even in the beautiful and picturesque Le Marche countryside.

But when Holly and Mark’s wedding plans hit a major snag that only Jane and Cal can repair, the two find themselves having to put aside their mutual dislike for one another in order to get their best friends on the road to wedded bliss, and end up on a road themselves —one neither of them ever expected….

This was one of those, I hate you but I’m falling for you and I don’t want to love you stories that I thought was just so cute. I finished it in one day and just enjoyed the heck out of it. It’s a really quick read, with no really steamy love scenes because this story is told through emails, blackberry IMing’s and PDA journal entries and travel diary entries.

It’s fun, light and just extra cute.

I loved Cal, even when he was a psycho cell phone guy in the airport and a I do not believe in the institution of marriage jerk to Jane, Jane was funny, quirky and just cute all over. She reminded me of me, she remembers all sort of pop culture trivia, like only I would remember when Britney Spears filmed one of her commercials in Italy and talk of the oil problems in Saudi Arabia would bore me to death, much like it did for Jane, the cartoonist though that’s where our similiarities stop because she loves cats and I hate them.

But the story moved at a great pace, the characters were fantastic (though it appears we’ve read about these characters in Meg Cabot’s other books, The Boy Next Door and Boy Meets Girl)…Cal is one of John Trent’s journalist friends and Jane Harris used to work with her best friend, Holly at the NY Journal with Amy Jenkins and Dolly Vargaz (remember them, Izzy? They’re in this book) …Cal is a pimp too and I love it!

Read this book when you’re in the mood for something fun, cute and light, this is the book for you. I’m telling you, I heart Meg Cabot.

..and that’s your scoop!

This book is available from Avon.
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Weekly Reread: The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

Posted August 29, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Weekly Reread: The Boy Next Door by Meg CabotReviewer: Rowena
The Boy Next Door (Boys #1) by Meg Cabot
Series: Boys Series #1
Also in this series: Boy Meets Girl (Boys #2), The Boy is Back
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Publication Date: October 11th 2002
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 374
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Series Rating: four-stars

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I swear, I need to read a new Meg Cabot book like every few months because I HEART HER! I didn’t have any new Meg Cabot books to read (Daphne, let’s fix that this weekend, what do you say?) so I took out a book of hers that I read last year and holy hannah, I enjoyed the hell out of the book all over again…it was as my cousin Dovie would say, “SO THE BUSINESS!”

I’m hella loving the whole email, IM, letter storytelling. Meg Cabot had me cracking the heck up with all of the emails from Mel and her best friend Nadine, the emails from the coworkers who were trying to hook up with Mel’s left overs and then the whole hot damn HR department threatening to write Mel up for being tardy to work, yet again.

All the emails and all the activity running around this book should have confused the socks off of me but it didn’t. I was so wrapped up in this story, laughing and just breezing right through this book that I finished it not too long after I started it…such a good, fast paced, solid story. I mean, I still think that Mel was a bit harsh in her punishment to John after she found out just who he really was or whatever, but aside from that, the story flowed well, kept the laughs coming and I really enjoyed it all over again.

Melissa Fuller is a gossip columnist from New York and she lives next to this old lady who is attacked in her apartment, Mel being the kind hearted heroine that she is, calls 911 to report the accident and then she risks losing her job because she stays behind to oversee everything that needs looking after in the old lady’s apartment.

The old lady has a nephew who is supposed to come through and take care of things while she’s recovering in the hospital, only the guy that Mel thinks is the old lady’s nephew, really isn’t the sleazebag Max Friedwhatever, the real Max is in the islands sexing up a really hot model. He called in a favor from an old college mate who owed him to come and dog sit and be the water plant guy for his aunts apartment so he doesn’t get disinherited and all that madness.

I really hated that Max freak. Like, wanted to do him bodily harm hated him. I wanted him to contract a tropical sexually transmitted disease and then I wanted him to melt away like the wicked witch did in the movie with Dorothy and Toto.

I loved Mel and I loved John. I hated that John had a lie to upkeep and I cringed when the truth came flying out and John was trying to do damage control. I hated reading through all of that but the light at the end of the tunnel was shining brightly and I pushed right through it all and was glad for my trouble because man was this a good book. I’m still kind of irritated with Mel for the punishment she inflicted on John but overall, I was really happy with this book the second time around.

It was just a funny, laugh a minute book that kept me turning and turning trying to find out what hilarioius email, IM or whatever else I was going to read. You would think that a story like this wouldn’t work, would be confusing to follow along with but it’s anything but, Meg Cabot sure did toot ‘dat thang with this book because the book was hecka enjoyable and just all around good, I really really recommend this book, like for real!

I hella loved John’s family. His two nieces (who’s names have totally slipped my mind, goodness I’m getting old) had me rollin’ when reading their letters and emails to him, his sister in law who was seriously on pakalolo stuff was a funny one but my favorite emails were the emails between Jason and John. The brothers. Man, the emails these two sent to each other never failed to crack me the hell up because they remind me of my brothers, they’re such manly emails and just all around funny.

Man but this was a good book, seriously….GO GET IT AND READ IT, you’ll enjoy it if you’re looking for something light, fluffy and hilarious.

This is all you need! =)


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