Monday, December 26, 2016

#5 of 2016 - The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

28694462The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published October 18th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks

In this brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.

Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit.  Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night.  And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.

The Swoon-er, heart-thumper, knee-melter (if that's even a thing)

Really just swoon.

Absolutely, more than anything, without a doubt loved it.
It's so sweet and all those other frilly words that tend to follow that word. Fill in the blanks.

There's something about books like this that, while so simple, give so much.

A couple of months ago I said I gave up on an anthology of love stories because: "I just wasn't feeling it." And that I wanted a love story: "that would make me go 'aww' or even better 'I want one of him.'"

Well, a huge "Aww' and a definite "I want one of him" goes to this book.

I have to admit that while reading this a part of me kept thinking "No more romances." But give me more love stories like this and I'll never stop. (Which would basically be a repeat of my high school years when I read all of Meg Cabot's books.)

I can't even start with the characters; like all other Cabot characters they're charming, hilarious and all around awesome.
They're all so real. Dare I say "authentic?"

It's books like this that leave me inspired. To do what I never know, that's usually the problem; but I have always loved that overwhelming feeling they leave. It lets me know that they really did effect me. And better yet that I can still be effected.

3 Months Later

Oh Meg. What's it been now, 13 years? As I mentioned in a post a couple of days ago I'm surprised there aren't more Meg Cabot books mentioned on these list, but it turns out in six years of blogging and counting top tens of the year she did make it four years but I don't acknowledge the first two years because I don't think I was very "established."
So, for me this would be her second appearance after last year's Royal Wedding.
I'm very weird and overly complicated in my thoughts sometimes.

Much like a few characters by a certain author.

I recently moved some of my books into drawers of an empty dresser and, no real surprise, ended up with one filled with just Meg Cabot. (Though that's not counting the handful of signed copies I have which are in a separate box. I don't have the room for shelves, as I said a few posts ago the problem is room not space.) I found myself  staring at all these books just wondering my connection and ties to both them and their author who I have been obsessed with since middle school. I kind of realized that it's not something I'll ever be able to let go of, not that I'd want to.

They just have that special something for me.

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