Thursday, April 2, 2015

A to Z April: B Reviews - Boy Meets Girl and Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

My choice of books today are similar to yesterday's in that they are what I consider Chick Lit.  These are the first books by Meg Cabot that I ever read.  I believe the whole Princess Diary craze was after my time.  But these books came out when I was in my late twenties/early thirties, and I was all about being a single woman.  And I loved the cute, funny romances like these.  Now what makes these books really unique is that they are not told through normal narrative like other books.  While I don't know that these were the first books to do this, I'm sure they were out before it became more of a trend.

The first book, The Boy Next Door, is told completely through emails.  Nothing but emails.  No actual dialogue, regular chapters and paragraphs describing things, just the daily emails from the main character, Mel and her friends, coworkers, bosses, etc.  She's got a good job, gossip columnist, but her love life leaves much to be desired.  And there's a really cute neighbor that she's noticed some weird things going on.  I loved this book because it is told in such a fun, unique way. And the character was one that I felt was easy to relate to as a single woman at the time.  I definitely think you should check it out, as well as the next one I list if you enjoy fun romance stories.

The second book, Boy Meets Girl, is told through letters, instant messenger posts, lists, memos, etc.  There is not anything other than that within the entire book.  And I can't remember for sure, it's been a while since I read it, but I think there is at least one part that is a note or list written on a napkin.  The main character is Kate.  She has a horrible boss, a boyfriend that she can't get to commit, and can't find an affordable apartment in NYC.  The horrible boss makes her fire some employees, who then come back and sue her.  The legal woes aren't so bad when she meets the very attractive lawyer Mitch.  A man who is normally not her type at all, but for some reason they click.  A fun read, and as I said, completely told through all the different types of messages.

Have you read any Meg Cabot books?  Or books told in a similar format?  That's one reason I enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's Attachments was because of that type of format.

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