Saturday, 6 March 2010

Review: The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols


Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback
Released: June 26th, 2007
Grade rating: A


Amazon summary:

Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends -- including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori's always been one of the guys. But while Lori and the "baby" brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can't deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean's been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way. But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she's girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as girl friend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard...

Review:

The Boys Next Door should come complete with a 'CAUTION: THIS BOOK IS HOT' warning strapped across the cover. At least then we'd know what we were in for, and wouldn't be at all surprised when extreme melting/swooning/drooling became part of the reading experience.

Jenn Echols seriously has a way with words, not to mention hotter than hot boys and teenage girls with their heads firmly screwed on. She has the rare talent of sucking you into a story, making you wish you were living it yourself, and then making you pray to the book gods that the sequel will land in your hands, like, NOW.

Although The Boys Next Door is packed with swoon-worthy guys, the boy I fell head over heels for is Adam, a 16-year-old wakeboarding fiend with a golden tan and ripped biceps with the power to make you forget your own name. Never was a boy so perfect and, unfortunately, so fictional. I may have to set up a support group just to get myself over this little fact, and I'm sure I wouldn't be sat there wallowing all on my lonesome (come join me, fellow Adam-aholics!).

The boys aren't all this book has going for it. It has a ridiculously likeable main character in the form of Lori, the lucky girl who lives next door to the glorious Vader brothers, and has the fun task of working with them at Vader Marina during the summer. She's snarky and fun, and is so realistic she practically jumps off the page. She's exactly the kind of person I'd like to have as a friend, and not just because of our shared tomboy gene.

To sum it up, The Boys Next Door is an absolute must-read for fans of YA, romance or just a downright addictive story. I'm already counting down the days until I can read the sequel, Endless Summer, and I'm glad that May 25th is fast approaching. Now, if only I had a handy time machine...

11 comments:

Becky said...

Ooh this sounds like a fun girly read. Maybe my students will like it. Thanks for a fab review!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

OK, I admit I'd probably dismiss this book based on this cover, BUT the cover for the sequel is gorgeous and it really makes me want to read this book so I can read the sequel when it comes up! Fingers crossed they re-design this one so they match! I know that's a shallow thing to say but oh well. Anyway, thanks for the great review - I might give this one a chance after all! :)

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! This is such a cute book, and I can't wait for the sequel!

Shweta said...

Sounds like absolutely must read for YA fans. Off to add it to my wishlist. Great review.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I looooved this book!! Bookalicious Ramblings, this book deserved a much better cover!!!

Leah said...

This sounds great. I've just bought my first Jennifer Echol's book so if I like that, I'll definitely get this.

Lauren said...

This sounds like another really fun one! I've heard a lot of good things about Jennifer Echols recently. I have to agree, the cover of this might have put me off, but from what you've said in your review I'd definitely give it a go. Excellent review!

LovesSam said...

Oh my god, this is an amazing review for an amazing book. You know how much I love Jennifer Echols, and now you've read this and we can swoon over Adam together. Though, remember what I said Jenny before you started?? Adam is MINE, fictional bf's are the best, because they don't answer back and they are always there for you when you need them, just sat in some pages on your bookshelf. Perfecto xo

Steph Su said...

Woot woot *spins in circle* I agree with Carla: now we can ALL swoon over our love for this book together. May 2010, come now!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

It definitely sounds like a must-read for me! Thank you for this great review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds fantastic. Everyone seems to love Jennifer Echols!