Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl

by Meg Cabot

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Overview

Meet Kate Mackenzie. She:

  • works for the T.O.D. (short for TyrannicalOffice Despot, also known as Amy Jenkins,Director of the Human Resources Divisionat the New York Journal)
  • is sleeping on the couch because herboyfriend of ten years refuses to commit
  • can't find an affordable studio apartmentanywhere in New York City
  • thinks things can't get any worse.

They can. Because:

  • the T.O.D. is making her fire the most popularemployee in the paper's senior staff dining room
  • that employee is now suing Kate for wrongfultermination, and
  • now Kate has to give a deposition in front ofMitch Hertzog, the scion of one of Manhattan's wealthiest law families,who embraces everything Kate most despises ... but also happens to have a nice smile and a killer bod.

The last thing anybody -- least of all Kate Mackenzie -- expects to findin a legal arbitration is love. But that's the kind of thing that canhappen when ... Boy Meets Girl.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060085452
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Series: Boy Series , #2
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 609,571
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana

Education:

B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

Read an Excerpt

Boy Meets Girl

The New York Journal
New York City's Leading Photo-Newspaper

Kathleen A. Mackenzie
Personnel Representative
Human Resources
The New York Journal
216 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-555-6891

Ida D. Lopez
Craft Food Services
The New York Journal
216 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Dear Mrs. Lopez:

Last week, we met to address your continuing job-performance problems related to the giving out of dissemination of serving of items from the dessert cart you operate in the newspaper's senior staff dining room. These problems have persisted despite repeated counseling sessions with me my boss Amy Jenkins supervisors as well as staff training programs. Specifically, your refusal to give disseminate serve dessert to certain members of the senior staff has resulted in several written complaints from administrators at this establishment paper company.

Mrs. Lopez, your refusal to serve dessert to certain members of the paper's staff is disruptive to food service operations, and the explanations that you have provided for your behavior are not satisfactory wholly believable inexplicable acceptable. This letter is being issued as a written warning with the expectation that there will be an immediate and sustained improvement in your work attitude food service dissemination job performance. Failure to comply will result in further disciplinary action.

On a more personal note, Mrs. Lopez, please stop refusing to give senior staff members dessert, even if you feel, as you explained to me last week, that they don't "deserve it." Which members of the paper's staff do or do not deserve dessert is not your decision to make! And I would hate to see you asked to leave the food craft services department over something so silly! I would really miss you -- and your chocolate chip cookies!

Damn it.

From the Desk of
Kate Mackenzie

To do:

  1. Laundry!!!!!!!!!
  2. Finish disciplinary warning letter to Ida Lopez.
  3. Pick up prescriptions -- Allegra, Imitrex, Levlen.
  4. Get new Almay pressed powder compact.
  5. Find new apartment.
  6. Find new boyfriend.
  7. Get better job.
  8. Get married.
  9. Have successful career.
  10. Have children/grandchildren/big retirement party.
  11. Die in sleep at age 100.
  12. Pick up dry cleaning!!!!!!!!!

Kathleen A. Mackenzie
Personnel Representative, L–Z
Human Resources
The New York Journal
216 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-555-6891
kathleen.mackenzie@thenyjournal.com

Sleaterkinneyfan: What are you doing?

Katydid: WORKING. Stop IM-ing me, you know the T.O.D. doesn't like it when we IM during office hours.

Sleaterkinneyfan: The T.O.D. can bite me. And you are not working. I can see your desk from here. You're making another one of those To Do lists, aren't you?

Katydid: It may look like I'm making a To Do list, but really I am reflecting on the series of failures and bad judgment calls that have made up my life.

Sleaterkinneyfan: Oh my God, you are twenty-five years old. You have not even had a life yet.

Katydid: Then why am I in such mental and emotional anguish?

Sleaterkinneyfan: Because you stayed up too late last night watching Charmed reruns. Don't try to deny it, I heard you salivating over Cole.

Katydid: Oh my God, I'm so sorry!!!!!!!! Did I keep you and Craig awake?

Sleaterkinneyfan: Please. Craig would sleep through a nuclear blast. And I only heard you because I got up to use the bathroom. These hormones make me have to go every five minutes.

Katydid: I am so, so sorry. I swear I will be off your couch and out of your place just as soon as I get a line on a studio I can afford. Paula's taking me to look at one tomorrow night in Hoboken. $1100/month, third-floor walk-up.

Sleaterkinneyfan: Would you stop? I told you, we like having you stay with us.

Katydid: Jen, you and Craig are trying to have a BABY. You do not need an old college roommate sacking out on your living room couch while you are trying to procreate. You did enough just getting me this job in the first place.

Sleaterkinneyfan: You more than earn your keep with all the cleaning you do. Don't think I haven't noticed. Craig even pointed out this morning that you had dusted the top of the refrigerator. Obsessive much, by the way? Who even looks at the top of the refrigerator?

Katydid: Well, Craig, OBVIOUSLY.

Sleaterkinneyfan: Whatever. You can't afford $1100/month on your salary. I know how much you make, remember?

Katydid: It's the cheapest place Paula's found me so far. That isn't on the same block as a methadone clinic.

Sleaterkinneyfan: I don't understand why YOU are the one who had to move out. Why didn't you kick HIM out?

Katydid: I can't stay in that apartment. Not with the memories of all the happy times Dale and I shared.

Sleaterkinneyfan: Oh, you mean like all those times you came home from work to find that, like, one of his bandmates had mistaken the closet for the bathroom and peed on your suede boots?

Katydid: WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BRING THAT UP AT WORK? You know it always makes me want to cry. I really loved those boots. They were perfect Coach knockoffs.

Sleaterkinneyfan: You should have thrown his stuff out onto the fire escape and changed the locks. "I don't know if I can marry you after all, I have to take things one day at a time." I mean, what kind of thing is that for a guy to say?????

Katydid: Um, the kind of thing an ex-pothead who is about to land a million-dollar recording contract would say to the girl he has dated since high school. I mean, come on, Jen. Dale can get anyone now. Why would he stay with his girlfriend from high school?

Boy Meets Girl. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Boy Meets Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is all about love, life, and taking chances! I'd recommend it to any girl!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I'd just read the Boy Next Door and it was interesting how some of the characters from that appeared in this story as well. The character development is exceptional especially considering the book's unconventional style (written through e-mails, phone calls, instant messages). I couldn't put it down. I hope this series continues.
Anonymous 6 months ago
written+in+different+forms+but+I+loved+it
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An adult Meg Cabot title this is told in the form of emails, IM's, letters, diary entries and other such items that doccument the life and woes of Kate MacKenzie. There are times that you wonder why she would be writing at this time but this is the pivot around which the book is written.The other two main characters are Ida Lopez, a provider of cakes to those she deems worthy and when she refuses Stuart Hertzog, a lawyer one of her cakes it sets in motion a series of events that cause Katie to come into contact with Mitch Hertzog, the brother of that lawyer and a completely different person.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was listed as recommended reading in the chicklit genre, which I haven't read a lot in, but I did love Bridget Jones Diary, the template for this sort of fiction. Like that book, this is about life, love and career from a female point of view in a contemporary urban setting, in this case New York City. Also like Bridget Jones it's fluffy and light, and in an unconventional narrative structure. The book opens with a draft business letter, complete with strike outs, by twenty-something Kate MacKenzie of human resources at a New York City newspaper. She works for a boss known as T.O.D. among her colleagues (Tyrannical Office Despot) and gets involved in a lawsuit (and with the lawyer involved). There are some smile-worthy and witty lines, but the format irritated me. There aren't just letters but to-do-lists, transcripts of instant messages, phone messages, meetings, dispositions, as well as emails, signs, menus, receipts, reports, memos, journal entries (in script font)--a dizzying array of formats that unlike Bridget Jones diary entries left me increasingly annoyed and unable to settle into the story. Too fluffy, too far-fetched, too reminiscent of teen fan fiction for my tastes.
dkg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another cute one in e-mail format
mcollier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another love story. (Hence the title.) But I really liked this book because unlike other Meg Cabot books, this one is written entirely on e-mails, txt, or IM. It was really cool. The story is funny. There are 2 story lines: one, about Kate Mackenzie and her work life. Two, about Mitch Hertzburger and his family drama. It turns out Mitch's brother, which he has a rocky relationship with, is egaged to Kate's boss.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a quick, amusing read, complete with romantic entanglement. This story is told entirely through email, IM, notes, and the occasional phone message. Which just goes to show that the epistolary novel is not dead in the electronic age! Occasional cursing.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the style of this, a modern epistolatory romance using IM, email, and diary entries.But I found it hard to empathise with the main characters, I found them silly and immature considering the career positions and life experience they supposedly held. Towards the end, although the characters become more well rounded, I found the nasty incidents of racism and homophobia jarring in the fluffy context.
shamille on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meg Cabot is ridiculously hilarious.Anyway, I don't really remember what this book is about. Some sort of romance, I guess.The only thing I can really talk about is the writing style. The whole story is told in instant messages, emails, memos, letters, etc. It's amazing! I love quirky writing styles and this book is definitely a great example. It's the third person omniscient but maybe a bit less omniscient. Anyway, lovely book. I'm sure it was a great story, whatever it was.
pjchea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very quick read. It was an unusual format, as the story was told through emails and memos, but it was easy to follow and interesting.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A love story told completely in emails, instant-message chats, and phone messages. This book was a decent read, but the characters acted so much like teenagers that it was unbelievable at times. I think Cabot should stick to The Princess Diaries, although I want to read the prequel, The Boy Next Door.
magst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute book. I like Cabot writing style & and characters.
lyssrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the book e, this is also a modern epistolatory novel. Told through e-mail, instant-messenger conversations, journal entries, and memos, the action is quite fast-paced, and the book is an easy read. It's cute, but by no means does it require much thought.
reelpersona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've always associated Meg Cabot with her Princess Diaries series so I didn't expect this book to have such an adult theme to it. It has all of its basic chick lit ingredients to it. The only thing that threw me back was the story's writing style/presentation. The story is narrated via the characters' email/chat interaction with one another. At first, I felt like I was committing a felony by reading a private correspondence, but I think that helped me, as a reader, get to know the characters intimately. It's a good read! Very chick lit indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey wat would be the age rang on this book? 13 is my age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would buy this book as a real book and then read it multiple times. Which is why I bought it as a ebook. But the mistakes! How hard could it be to format properly? Otherwise, it's Meg Cabot at her finest! Witty, sweet, funny, sarcastic, a great, fun read.
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Great book!! Loved that I got hooked into this book, could not put it down. Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors of all times!
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The second in the "Boy" series by Cabot does not disappoint. Written in the same style of emails, texts and messages it is an entertaining and easy read. Perfect for the beach or the plane and a must-read for fans of Cabot.
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I'd reccommend to anyone looking for a fast, FUNNY read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great i LOVE this book and meg is my fav author EVER