Review: The Next Door Boys

10.22.2011
The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry
Published October 4th, 2011 by Cedar Fort
With her body still recovering from last year's cancer treatments, Leigh Tressman is determined to be independent. Despite the interference from her overprotective brother, physical frustrations, and spiritual dilemmas— not to mention the ever expanding line of young men ready to fall in love with her— Leigh discovers what it actually means to stand on her own and learns that love can be found in unexpected but delightful places.


Okay. So this usually isn't the type of book I read, and the beginning had a fair bit of religion - nothing too intense, but a lot of you know I'm not a fan of reading about religion in books.


However, for some reason I was okay with it here. It seemed like it was necessary for the plot but it wasn't being shoved in my face. And while I'm not going to say I loved it, after the beginning it didn't come up as often so it was rather easy for me to pretend there was no religion involved :P 


Leigh is recovering from ovarian cancer and finally moving out of her parent's house and going to college. Of course, her family won't let her be on her own completely, so she ends up living right next door to her brother. 


I loved the relationship between Leigh and her brother, Jaron, but at the same time, I feel like he wasn't developed enough. I know next to nothing about him other than he worries about Leigh, and sometimes I found myself waiting to find out more about what he likes to do and then being cut short.

The relationship between Leigh and Brian, though, was awesome. I love how you get to watch their relationship grow and change through the book - first Leigh is intimidated by him, then he becomes basically her best friend, and then something more. And Brian was a well-developed character to me =)



And then there was Leigh's relationship with herself. She wants to be independent so badly, to forget that she was "The Sick Girl," that sometimes she forgets that she still needs to take care of herself, that her body is still recovering. I thought that was very realistic; I feel like a lot of people would have done the same thing. Actually, Leigh herself was a very realistic character, and all her emotions in the book came through so clear. 


AND SHE HAD A HOBBY. She sewed. That made me ridiculously happy, since YA authors seem to forget that their characters do other things besides stare at pretty boys. 


I think the only real complaint I have is the ending. It felt too abrupt to me, like maybe there should have been another chapter or two before it really ended.


Overall: The Next Door Boys is a realistic, enjoyable novel about a girl recovering and realizing that she's still alive. The secondary characters are just as interesting, and I loved reading from Leigh's perspective. The relationships were fun to read, the emotions rang through loud and clear, and I honestly finished this in one night. 4 stars.




~Zoey~

{I apologize for not including Amazon/B&N/Book Depository links. The format wasn't working >.<}
16 comments on "Review: The Next Door Boys"
  1. Oooohhh. This sounds really good. (:

    And guess what?!?!!? You made it to the final round, Zoey!!!! For Princess Bookie's cover contest... (: [I voted for you. How could I not?]

    -Megan

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  2. It was :o I was actually surprised at how much I liked it xD

    I knowwwww O_O_O_O AND THANK YOU :O *totally voted for the Under the Never Sky cover* xD

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  3. That cover was cool too, but a little too crowded for my taste. It was just swarming with colors and text and that kind of annoyed me.

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  4. Yeah, that's true. But I also feel that way about the other one - not that it's too crowded, but the text is too difficult for me xD And I felt awkward voting for my own, so yeah.

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  5. This sounds like a really good book I saw it on Netgalley and it intrigued me. I'll have to check it out. Wonderful review!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  6. This sounds awesome. I agree, it's nice that she has a hobby and doesn't stare at boys all the time. :P I'm also not a fan of a lot of religion in books, but if it didn't bother you very much, it probably won't bother me. Great review! :)

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  7. Giselle: Yup, NetGalley is where I got it xD

    Alyssa: Yeah, they sneak it in sometimes, but for the most part, it's fairly easy to ignore.

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  8. Hummmmmmmmmm. I shall have to look for this. I could use a nice contemporary read. Especially since Looking for Alaska will probably make me cry.

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  9. cover caught my eye straightaway! then the title of the book :P. your review is great! i want to read it now :)

    - juhina

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  10. Lexie: Yes, I had no urge to cry during this :D

    Maji: Thank you =) Yeah, the cover and title were what got me right away.

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  11. Zoey: Yeah, it sounds like more of an "uplifting" book than a depressing one, so that'll be nice. :P

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  12. I totally agree with you! When I saw their was religion, I was like whooah I don't think I want to continue with this but I did ease up and like you said, it even made the book better!

    I also agree with you on Jaron, as Leigh's brother he was really well done but as just Jaron he wasn't close to being 3D, same with secondary characters like Meghan, Kim, Julie and Stewart. The only real complex characters are Leigh and Brian.

    Moi agrees again, I just love love love love how Leigh & Brian's relationship actually *gasp!8 could an author really do it? can she write about actual DEVELOPMENT?! there was no 'the moment my eyes laid on him I felt the magnetic pull of love at first sight and forever after' It's probably one of the best romances yet but sadly, it finished to quickly//: wouldn't you have liked to see like an epilogue of Jaron's wedding? that would have been awesome!

    Great review:D

    -thank you&come again.

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  13. Thanks for the review on this. I have actually avoided this one since the description started off with the religion thing. I am like you, I don't like religion in my books, so it's good to know that I should not write this one off.

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  14. I'm reading this book and I find it good. One of the typical light read story. Glad you liked it.

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  15. I'm not a fan of religion in books either. I think that's the reason I couldn't get through Bumped.

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  16. Wow, I actually haven't heard of this one yet. Sounds like a great read! This type of novel always draws out the emotions.

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10.22.2011

Review: The Next Door Boys

The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry
Published October 4th, 2011 by Cedar Fort
With her body still recovering from last year's cancer treatments, Leigh Tressman is determined to be independent. Despite the interference from her overprotective brother, physical frustrations, and spiritual dilemmas— not to mention the ever expanding line of young men ready to fall in love with her— Leigh discovers what it actually means to stand on her own and learns that love can be found in unexpected but delightful places.


Okay. So this usually isn't the type of book I read, and the beginning had a fair bit of religion - nothing too intense, but a lot of you know I'm not a fan of reading about religion in books.


However, for some reason I was okay with it here. It seemed like it was necessary for the plot but it wasn't being shoved in my face. And while I'm not going to say I loved it, after the beginning it didn't come up as often so it was rather easy for me to pretend there was no religion involved :P 


Leigh is recovering from ovarian cancer and finally moving out of her parent's house and going to college. Of course, her family won't let her be on her own completely, so she ends up living right next door to her brother. 


I loved the relationship between Leigh and her brother, Jaron, but at the same time, I feel like he wasn't developed enough. I know next to nothing about him other than he worries about Leigh, and sometimes I found myself waiting to find out more about what he likes to do and then being cut short.

The relationship between Leigh and Brian, though, was awesome. I love how you get to watch their relationship grow and change through the book - first Leigh is intimidated by him, then he becomes basically her best friend, and then something more. And Brian was a well-developed character to me =)



And then there was Leigh's relationship with herself. She wants to be independent so badly, to forget that she was "The Sick Girl," that sometimes she forgets that she still needs to take care of herself, that her body is still recovering. I thought that was very realistic; I feel like a lot of people would have done the same thing. Actually, Leigh herself was a very realistic character, and all her emotions in the book came through so clear. 


AND SHE HAD A HOBBY. She sewed. That made me ridiculously happy, since YA authors seem to forget that their characters do other things besides stare at pretty boys. 


I think the only real complaint I have is the ending. It felt too abrupt to me, like maybe there should have been another chapter or two before it really ended.


Overall: The Next Door Boys is a realistic, enjoyable novel about a girl recovering and realizing that she's still alive. The secondary characters are just as interesting, and I loved reading from Leigh's perspective. The relationships were fun to read, the emotions rang through loud and clear, and I honestly finished this in one night. 4 stars.




~Zoey~

{I apologize for not including Amazon/B&N/Book Depository links. The format wasn't working >.<}

16 comments:

  1. Oooohhh. This sounds really good. (:

    And guess what?!?!!? You made it to the final round, Zoey!!!! For Princess Bookie's cover contest... (: [I voted for you. How could I not?]

    -Megan

    ReplyDelete
  2. It was :o I was actually surprised at how much I liked it xD

    I knowwwww O_O_O_O AND THANK YOU :O *totally voted for the Under the Never Sky cover* xD

    ReplyDelete
  3. That cover was cool too, but a little too crowded for my taste. It was just swarming with colors and text and that kind of annoyed me.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yeah, that's true. But I also feel that way about the other one - not that it's too crowded, but the text is too difficult for me xD And I felt awkward voting for my own, so yeah.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This sounds like a really good book I saw it on Netgalley and it intrigued me. I'll have to check it out. Wonderful review!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  6. This sounds awesome. I agree, it's nice that she has a hobby and doesn't stare at boys all the time. :P I'm also not a fan of a lot of religion in books, but if it didn't bother you very much, it probably won't bother me. Great review! :)

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  7. Giselle: Yup, NetGalley is where I got it xD

    Alyssa: Yeah, they sneak it in sometimes, but for the most part, it's fairly easy to ignore.

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  8. Hummmmmmmmmm. I shall have to look for this. I could use a nice contemporary read. Especially since Looking for Alaska will probably make me cry.

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  9. cover caught my eye straightaway! then the title of the book :P. your review is great! i want to read it now :)

    - juhina

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  10. Lexie: Yes, I had no urge to cry during this :D

    Maji: Thank you =) Yeah, the cover and title were what got me right away.

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  11. Zoey: Yeah, it sounds like more of an "uplifting" book than a depressing one, so that'll be nice. :P

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  12. I totally agree with you! When I saw their was religion, I was like whooah I don't think I want to continue with this but I did ease up and like you said, it even made the book better!

    I also agree with you on Jaron, as Leigh's brother he was really well done but as just Jaron he wasn't close to being 3D, same with secondary characters like Meghan, Kim, Julie and Stewart. The only real complex characters are Leigh and Brian.

    Moi agrees again, I just love love love love how Leigh & Brian's relationship actually *gasp!8 could an author really do it? can she write about actual DEVELOPMENT?! there was no 'the moment my eyes laid on him I felt the magnetic pull of love at first sight and forever after' It's probably one of the best romances yet but sadly, it finished to quickly//: wouldn't you have liked to see like an epilogue of Jaron's wedding? that would have been awesome!

    Great review:D

    -thank you&come again.

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  13. Thanks for the review on this. I have actually avoided this one since the description started off with the religion thing. I am like you, I don't like religion in my books, so it's good to know that I should not write this one off.

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  14. I'm reading this book and I find it good. One of the typical light read story. Glad you liked it.

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  15. I'm not a fan of religion in books either. I think that's the reason I couldn't get through Bumped.

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  16. Wow, I actually haven't heard of this one yet. Sounds like a great read! This type of novel always draws out the emotions.

    ReplyDelete