A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Expected publication: September 26th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Romance
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.
Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.
When I started reading this book I was not expecting it to get so emotional… It just seemed like a cute contemporary, the classic “I know you since we were babies but, sometime along the way, my feelings changed and you don’t even know…”. It felt kinda meh…
It felt like any sad book of uncorresponded love. So, I was expecting it to end with a “I love you too, I can’t believe I didn’t see it before”. Guess what? This novel is nothing like that! I don’t wanna say too much but this was an extremely emotional book that made me cry my heart out! I won’t tell the why because I entered the book not knowing it and I think it’s the best way.
One thing, just enjoy the cute lovely moments in the beginning! Because it gets VERY tense after that.
It talked about love, friendship, family relations, dealing with problems being them high school ones or major life ones, and about enjoying the moment we are in.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book and how realistic it felt. There were some really cute, amazing moments of friendship that I always tend to love, but there were also some heart-freaking-wretching moments. And the writing was just perfect for it! It balanced so well the sadness with funny moments! I loved how it made me cry and yet laugh at the same time… I was a mess.
I also really enjoyed the family aspect of this book. It was lovely and heartwarming and I absolutely loved Murray! He is the cutest! We see their relationship, their history, everything and I loved it! The grandparents were so freaking cool! It made me miss my family…
And last but not least, the title blew me away. I hope it does the same to you… I definitely recommend this book as a cry-worthy and realistic read about friendship, family and love!
Do you like books that hit you big time? Then this is for you! What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!