"Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it’s different?"
If you're a YA lover like me, you're going to love this book. I've always tried reading other book genres but YA has a very special place in my heart. A Short History of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck, tells the story of a boy named Matt who's in love with his childhood friend and next door neighbor Tabby. He can't gather up the courage to tell her how he feels for her. Things get even worse for Matt when Tabby starts hanging out with Liam Branson, one of the cool seniors.
MY. FAVORITE. CHARACTER. IN. THIS. BOOK. IS. MATT.
In most YA books the lead or main character is always the girl. It was really interesting for me to read a book where the male character is longing for the female character. Even though this is from a guy's point of view, Matt is totally relatable. Matt has difficulty expressing his feelings. He's also an over- thinker, which doesn't make it any easier to handle his feelings for Tabby. He's witty, real, and you want to be his friend.
I also liked the writing style. It didn't feel as if I was reading a book. The book gave me this very "personal" vibe. I almost felt as if I was reading someone's journal. There's happy moments, funny moments and sad moments. This book is so different from other YA's in the sense that not everything falls together perfectly. All the characters have ups and downs. We're able to see much heavier and deeper themes through the characters. It was nice to see characters you can connect to because of their humanity. A Short History of The Girl Next Door is a great debut novel. I definitely recommend this book!
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All comments included in this post are my own and honest opinions. Thank you Blogging for Books!*