March 05, 2018

#BookReview: A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

About the Book:

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.

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Contemporay, Romance 
How I Acquired this book: Blogging for Books
Overall rating: ★★
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About the Author:
Jared Reck is a debut author. He received a BA in English from Clemson University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership, and recently completed graduate coursework in McDaniel College’s Writing for Children & Young Adults program. He lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where he’s an eighth-grade Language Arts teacher. Learn more about Jared on Twitter at @ReckJ.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This one started out so well but then kinda died for me. 

Check out author's other books? No
Recommend this book? Maybe

Notes and Opinions: Well this one started out really well. I loved the snark and the humor but after about 60 pages the shovanist parts of this one just got too much for me.  In the end, I really just didn't like parts of how Matt things about Tabby it makes him sound very bad.  After about half way through there is a VERY LARGE change in the book that I really didn' see coming. It really made this book different. Make sure to have tissues.  All in all I just really didn't care for Matt. I did feel sorry for him and his situation and the twist in the story was one I didn't expect. But just some of the things that the MC thought just didn't go over well with me.  If you don't mind male snarkiness then check it out.

Go Into This One Knowing: Unpredictable 

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