Boy Meets Girl

By Meg Cabot

I enjoyed Boy meets Girl, the second one in the “Boy” series, as much or actually more than the first. I loved the reappearances of the main characters from The Boy Next Door. There was more tension in the office politics and the book benefited greatly by some real contemptible villains for the good guys to vanquish. I liked the super-nice, if a little too ditzy heroine, and liked Mitch Herzog, the hero, even more. There were more interesting characters than in the first one. I am so glad I finally tried Meg Cabot. Although I am going to take a break now, and read something with a little bit more substance, I will certainly keep her in my pocket whenever I am in the mood for a light as a cream puff, quick read.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

September 12, 2018

Every Boy’s Got One

By Meg Cabot

“I’ve never enjoyed myself more than I have the past forty-eight hours, during which I’ve been trapped in a car with one of the worst drivers I’ve ever seen, run up the Spanish Steps and then down again so I could be on time to wait in line to perjuer myself at the American consulate. And I’d like to continue doing those sorts of thing with you on a regular basis for the foreseeable future.”

Every Boy’s Got One is another fizzy romance just like the previous two in the series. Again, it is written all in emails, and journals. I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the first two. The use of the epistolary form was handled clumsily and lazily in this one, to the point that our heroine is transcribing a climactic conversation while it is happening and the hero is actually commenting on the font she is using. Self-parody on the part of Meg Cabot? Maybe. But if so, it was self-indulgent and maybe a whiff disrespectful to the reader? Maybe? I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

It was seriously lacking much of a plot. In the previous two, we had an almost murder mystery, mistaken Identity, quirky and funny secondary characters, vicious office politics, serious legal problems, and really bad people to root against. Other than the two protagonists misunderstanding and disliking each other at first and how they come to value each other and fall in love in the course of the book, there isn’t much to this one. All problems and conflicts are wiped away fairly easily and “off stage” albeit cutely. There was no anticipation of how a major conflict, conundrum, or misunderstanding was going to be solved. Also, the romance struck me as a mutual crush, rather than a great love. Ironically, this was based on Meg Cabot’s real-life elopement with her husband of 25 years!
That all said, it was cute and amusing, and kept me reading, chuckling, and engaged.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

February 11, 2019

The Boy Next Door

By Meg Cabot

“It’s only until Mrs. Friedlander gets better.

And when is THAT going to be? Earth to Mel. Come in, Mel. The woman is in a COMA. Okay? She is COMATOSE. I think some alternative arrangements for the woman’s pets need to be made. You are a DOORMAT. A COMATOSE woman is using you as a DOORMAT.

A delightful frothy romance written entirely in emails to and from our heroine and her friends, love interest, coworkers, family, and acquaintances. It is well-written and engaging. The protagonists are likable, even endearing. I didn’t think anything could be lighter than Sophie Kinsella, but apparently Meg Cabot has managed to make her adult novels even lighter (if this is representative) and just as fun. It is utterly predictable and I usually do like more depth and emotion, but I couldn’t resist the charm. It is full of cultural references (who knew Winona Ryder dated Chris Noth?!) which dated it considerably, but was also part of it’s quirky nostalgic appeal, for me. I can’t resist going on to another one immediately.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

September 10, 2018