A Short History of the Girl Next Door
by Jared Reck
Published September 26, 2017
Hardcover, 272 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Knopf Books for Young Readers, I received an eARC)
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.
Humorous and heart-wrenching, A Short History of the Girl Next Door is perfect for readers who fell in love with All the Bright Places’ Finch or Stargirl’s Leo.
I need to start by saying that I absolutely love when contemporary books have male narrators. This book also had many things I like in any type of book, chapters on the short side, and an easy to read writing style that flowed beautifully. All I’m going to say is I did not expect where this book was headed and it made it a much deeper story than I thought I was getting myself into. I changed my rating from 4 to 5 stars for just that reason.
I found it hard to dislike any of the characters in this book. Matt’s sense of humor was just perfect, I laughed so many times throughout this book, because of his witty one liners. He was such a great character. I also found Tabby a wonderful character, she was so sweet.
Overall if you are looking for a fluffy contemporary you will not find it here. You will find a bit of fluff, but this book goes much deeper. I absolutely love this book and the rollercoaster of emotions it brought me. It was in no way predictable, which made me love it so much more.