Review: The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

24171958Title: The Boy Next Door
Author: Katie Van Ark
Publication Date15th January 2015 (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Pages: 305
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

In this intensely romantic novel, Maddy falls in love with her skating partner – who is also the boy next door.
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 break-up that Gabe has always feared? [Goodreads]

Maddy and Gabe have been in each others lives since they were put on ice. Their schedules run alongside each other as they work hard on the ice, go to school together and, of course, conveniently live next door to one another. They’ve stowed away their feelings for one another because they’ve seen first hand how rough it can get. But when their trusting coach wants to bring Romeo and Juilet to the ice in their program and Maddy and Gabe both battle with their feelings as Romeo and Juliet and as themselves.

To say it simply, I didn’t like this book. The story seemed to drag on way too much, going round and round the same situation. I don’t know if it’s because of their age or their stupidity or both, but they were being really naive about everything. They fought their feelings, which was futile, and then got themselves into a huge mess because they kept reminding themselves that they shouldn’t be together off the ice because it’d get complicated.

Urgh! I did finish the book but through skim reading it.

My rating:

I didn’t like it

1 cup


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