Today, we have The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark, which I reviewed last January 15, 2015. I was lucky enough to be part of the official blog tour of The Boy Next Door, thanks to the awesome people at Swoon Reads and Macmillan Teen!
Let’s travel back to January 15, 2015 …here’s what I posted:
Publication Date: January 6, 2015 by Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
[Special thanks to Swoon Reads for the review copy!]
Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls. Gabe can’t imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks. But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?
I live-tweeted my The Boy Next Door reading experience with #TheBoyNextDoor. Some of my tweets include: https://twitter.com/bookishsongs/status/545581528730722305 https://twitter.com/bookishsongs/status/545771802215981057 https://twitter.com/bookishsongs/status/545781975789740034 https://twitter.com/bookishsongs/status/545836402882011136
A contemporary romance on the ice–I thought The Boy Next Door is just a love story. Don’t get me wrong, love stories are my favorite. It’s just, I didn’t expect that The Boy Next Door would have plot twists that would surprise me more than I think. That element of surprise is the one that got to me–especially that plot twist within a plot twist.
Re: The Title Change
If you’re a Swoon Reads member when The Boy Next Door was still a manuscript posted on the site, then you know that The Boy Next Door is not the original title of The Boy Next Door. The Boy Next Door is originally titled Pairing Up. I like Pairing Up more. Pairing Up made me imagine Maddy and Gabe’s romance on the ice, while The Boy Next Door gave me pictures of neighbors falling in love. Skating is a major part of the story, so I think Pairing Up would have been a better title. But I like The Boy Next Door anyway. Maybe the Swoon Staff saw something special in that title. Something more special than Pairing Up. I trust their judgement. The Boy Next Door is the third book of Swoon Reads’ first list, and so far, the Swoon Reads books did not disappoint. 🙂
A little spotlight on Gabe:
I hated Gabe for his game with girls. He even asks Maddy to pretend to be his girlfriend just to keep the girls away because the time limit of two weeks had been reached. But when I learned why, my heart broke a little. I was touched, but I was also annoyed at him. That’s why he only got a little character spotlight. I understand what he truly felt but I couldn’t accept his cowardice. He’s forgiven, though. He learned his lesson. Plus: he had done things for Maddy that made me wish I were Maddy. He almost made it to my list of book boyfriends.
As ironic as it may seem, there were fiery scenes… Everything is not what it seems. Ellie from This is What Happy Looks Like can be great friends with Maddy.
Take the fall, my bookish friends.
Hey, I know those eyes. I know that you want to read this book. Go read it–you’ll seriously be curious about figure skating. I love how passionate Katie is on her story’s theme. Her love for figure skating transformed into a swoonworthy book! The Boy Next Door got my attention right from the start. Its little surprises formed one fearless story about falling, and how inevitable it is when it comes to love.
Initial Rating: 4.625
Mileventwelve’s Bookish Songs for The Boy Next Door:
Fearless by Taylor Swift
“You pull me in and I’m a little more brave…”
Jump Then Fall by Taylor Swift
“Don’t be afraid, please…jump then fall into me…”
Final Rating: 5.38/5
Be fearless enough to jump, then fall.
Now we’re back in the present, and we’re going to talk about the quotes! ❤
One thing that I really love about Macmillan is that they post quote roundups of their books. However, the quotes that they post may or may not include the quotes that I want to post. If a quote I love is in their roundup, I’ll post the quote image from their site. If a quote I love is not in their roundup, I’ll just type the quote here. 🙂 (Click here if you want to see the full quote roundup!) Okay. ❤ Swoony feels in 3…2…1… I love love love love this quote. This quote is for everyone. ❤ *sings the Taylor Swift song* Love is taking the fall anyway. ❤ This is so true. Falling in love is probably one of the scariest things ever.This is like a follow-up quote for the previous one. It’s not what you have, but what you do with it. (I think I read that saying somewhere.)
Because I don’t want to hurt her. -Gabe
Thinking of the people you love before doing something proves how much you truly love them.
What if doing something means…taking a risk? -Maddy
Doing anything would always mean taking a risk. You just have to decide which risks are worth taking.
Where would you be if you’d given up just because it was hard? Keep trying. -Gabe
Swooning for Gabe. ❤ #NeverGiveUp
You’re the only girl who was ever worth getting up early for. -Gabe
More swoony feels for Gabe! ❤
You know how I feel about you…I’m so afraid of falling I can’t even say it out loud yet but I’m writing it here. -Gabe
This is why I love writing. It gives me the freedom to say what I can’t voice out.
You have to let go…fighting a fall only hurts worse. Just let go. -Maddy
Don’t go against the current of life. Just go with it, and live in the present.
I love her, Mom. For real this time. I’m in love with her. -Gabe
Oh, Gabe. #SwoonOverload
Because I know what love is now. Love is an intricate filigree band. Complicated but beautiful. Love is three diamonds. For past, present, and future. Love is never giving up even through the Great Depression and two world wars. -Gabe
FAVORITE QUOTE. ❤ I love how Gabe defines love. And his definition is so full of meaning. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Whatever happens, we’ll pick ourselves up. Brush ourselves off. And circle around for another attempt. -Gabe
Standing up after a fall is not easy. But you just have to do it, because if you won’t try again, you won’t see what life has in store for you.