Boy Next Door

Boy Next Door

by Meg Cabot

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Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

To: You (you)
From: Human Resources (human.resources@thenyjournal.com)
Subject: This Book

Dear Reader,

This is an automated message from the Human Resources Division of the New York Journal, New York City’s leading photo-newspaper. Please be aware that according to our records you have not yet read this book. What exactly are you waiting for? This book has it all:

  • Humor
  • Romance
  • Cooking tips
  • Great Danes
  • Heroine in peril
  • Dolphin-shaped driftwood sculptures

If you wish to read about any of the above, please do not hesitate to head to the checkout counter, where you will be paired with a sales associate who will work to help you buy this book.

We here at the New York Journal are a team. We win as a team, and lose as one as well. Don’t you want to be on the winning team?

Sincerely,
Human Resources Division
New York Journal

Please note that failure to read this book may result in suspension or dismissal from this store.

*********This e-mail is confidential and should not be used by anyone who is not the original intended recipient. If you have received this e-mail in error please inform the sender and delete it from your mailbox or any other storage mechanism.*********

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060096199
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Series: Boy Series , #1
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 545,040
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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 The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana

Education:

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

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Boy Next Door


By Meg Cabot

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Meg Cabot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060845546

To: Mel Fuller melissa.fuller@thenyjournal.com
From: Human Resources human.resources@thenyjournal.com
Subject: Tardiness

Dear Melissa Fuller,

This is an automated message from the Human Resources Division of the New York Journal, New York City's leading photo-newspaper. Please be aware that according to your supervisor, managing editor George Sanchez, your workday here at the Journal begins promptly at 9 AM, making you 68 minutes tardy today. This is your 37th tardy exceeding twenty minutes so far this year, Melissa Fuller.

We in the Human Resources Division are not "out to get" tardy employees, as was mentioned in last week's unfairly worded employee newsletter. Tardiness is a serious and expensive issue facing employers all over America. Employees often make light of tardiness, but routine lateness can often be a symptom of a more serious issue, such as

  • alcoholism
  • drug addiction
  • gambling addiction
  • abusive domestic partner
  • sleep disorders
  • clinical depression

and any number of other conditions. If you are suffering from any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact your Human Resources Representative, Amy Jenkins. Your Human Resources Representative will be only too happy to enroll you in the New York Journal's Staff Assistance Program, where you will be paired with a mental health professional who will work to help you achieve your full potential.

Melissa Fuller, we here at the New York Journal are a team. We win as a team, and we lose as one, as well. Melissa Fuller, don't you want to be on a winning team? So please do your part to see that you arrive at work on time from now on!

Sincerely,
Human Resources Division
New York Journal

Please note that any future tardies may result in suspension or dismissal.

This e-mail is confidential and should not be used by anyone who is not the original intended recipient. If you have received this e-mail in error please inform the sender and delete it from your mailbox or any other storage mechanism.


To: Mel Fuller melissa.fuller@thenyjournal.com
From: Nadine Wilcock Nadine.wilcock@thenyjournal.com
Subject: You are in trouble

Mel, where were you? I saw that Amy Jenkins from Human Resources skulking around your cubicle. I think you're in for another one of those tardy notices. What is this, your fiftieth?

You better have a good excuse this time, because George was saying a little while ago that gossip columnists are a dime a dozen, and that he could get Liz Smith over here in a second to replace you if he wanted to. I think he was joking. It was hard to tell because the Coke machine is broken, and he hadn't had his morning Mountain Dew yet.

By the way, did something happen last night between you and Aaron? He's been playing Wagner in his cubicle again. You know how this bugs George. Did you two have another fight?

Are we doing lunch later or what?

Nad :-)


To: Mel Fuller melissa.fuller@thenyjournal.com
From: Aaron Spender aaron.spender@thenyjournal.com
Subject: Last night

Where are you, Mel? Are you going to be completely childish about this and not come into the office until you're sure I've left for the day? Is that it?

Can't we sit down and discuss this like adults?

Aaron Spender
Senior Correspondent
New York Journal

Continues...


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Boy Next Door 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 252 reviews.
Ice_Would_Suffice More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it had lots of Cabot's signature snappy dialogue. The only drawback for me was that the whole book was in e-mails. However this also made it quick read. Overall a funny original good time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i've read this book over 15 times at this point and it never fails to entertain me. my mom had given it to me as a birthday present a few years ago, and it's been my favorite ever since. the storyline is easy to follow, but far from boring. excellent book :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Boy Next Door is about a girl named Mel and what¿s cool is that the book is told in emails. Mel¿s neighbor, Mrs. Friedlander, gets conked on the head by a mysterious someone, and Mel feels bad for her, so she is voluntarily taking care of her pets. Then after a while the pets start interfering with Mel¿s life, and she decides to email Mrs. Friedlander¿s only relative, Max Friedlander. He¿s busy in the Florida Keys with his supermodel girlfriend, so he asks his buddy, John Trent, to take his place for him for a while until his Aunt conks out for good. Well, Mel believes John really is Max and the two fall in love, but just as things are turning out to be perfect, a lot of changes take place for Mel, John, and Max, and the mystery of who hit Mrs. Friedlander is finally solved. This book is very interesting and is probably the type of book girls would like to read I never wanted to put it down. I rate it a 9 out of 10, because there¿s always some room for improvement!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book written by Meg or Megin Cabot is perfect. It is basically just the right mixture of Greif, Love, Humor, and Peril. If you like these like these things, I strongly recommend this book. It is one of the best things she has ever written. It is in the form of e-mails so just be sure to read who it's to and from. Also read the Subject and then the e-mail otherwise you'll be lost.
Kelly Pagniello More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing and occassionally makes you laugh a little yet in other parts i was weeping well done the only thing is it is ten dollars for a book you will read once
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never read a book unless its a amazingly great book or/and a book you cannot put down and this is one of them! My fav book EVER! Trust me its better then twilight
sstokman on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Heavy reading? No. Light and funny? Yes! I laughed aloud and read the whole thing one night. It's written all in emails, too funny! Won't leave you with any deep thoughts, but if you're on vacation and want an entertaining get away, this is the book!
Darrol on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The epistolary novel is not dead, but now it is email. There were places where straight narrative would have made this story better.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Decided to read this one because I read the sequel first, Boy Meets Girl first. It was very fluffy with an extremely farfetched plot. Cabot, who usually writes YA novels, seems to be confusing teens with adults in her attempts to move away from the YA genre...I said it last time and I'll say it again: stick to Princess Diaries Meg.
sonlie04 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
It is an entire book through email. I love when they have a few emails in the book, but not the ENTIRE BOOK! This is the only "Reading with Ripa" book I've read, and I am not impressed.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Easy read, fun story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual this was a fun and funny read.
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I absolutely love Meg Cabot, and this book is no exception. Although the format is a little different, it is still an enjoyable and entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish there were more like it!
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John is adorable, i wish there was a sequel. The characters are so personable! Absolutely loved it
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Such a cute book
moviechic79 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book...makes me laugh out loud every time I read it! I also highly recommend the other 2 books in the series: "Boy Meets Girl" and "Every Boy's Got One". The book is written in emails, instant messaging, and journal formats, but it definitely didnt bother me - just made it a quicker read.
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