Dear Meg, I've been reading ridiculously complicated books, nonfiction and biographies that have arguably been great, have taught me much, but have always required great concentration and patience. And sometimes, I need a break. I deserve it. Don't I?
Which is where you come in. Your novels are my guilty pleasures. I am an avid fan of yours, so much so that I can ever ignore your disastrous Nicola and the Viscount. This book 'The Boy Next Door', written in the modern-day epistolary form ( through emails ) is a simple, unbelievably entertaining, often funny romance. Mel Fuller, a gossip columnist finds the man of her dreams, after he comes to stay 'next door' to take care of the pets of his Aunt who has been attacked and is in a coma. But is Mel in love with someone who isn't what she thinks he is? A case of mistaken identity, popular culture references, exciting humour and even a little mystery to solve - this novel has all the ingredients to get it right, and it does.
We know its bound to be a happy ending ( That's the whole point of this, isn't it? ) and some parts seem to be a bit of a stretch and some mails include too many details which isn't usually the case when you mail people. But this book is a great creative attempt to write an entire tale in the form of e-mails and I think it paid off. Your characters ( as I know them from their e-mails ) are very entertaining. Your writing makes writing an epistolary novel seem so easy. This was a fun, quick ( I completed the book in 2 hours) read and I'm sure going to read the rest of the series. Thank you for being the constant source of fun chick-lit, Kals