Published by Swoon Reads
Pub Date: January 6th 2015
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Maddy Spier's 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. How can she make him realize that they can be partners off the ice as well?
Gabe’s relationship with Maddy is vital. He can’t imagine skating with anyone else, and together they have a real chance at gold–maybe even making it to the Olympics! So he’s decided to think of her as a sister. After all, family is forever, but he’s never dated anyone for more than two weeks.
Then their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, and everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big break-up that Gabe has always feared?
The Boy Next Door had its ups and downs for me. On the one hand, I really enjoyed reading this for the romance that it was. It didn’t promise to be anything more than that, so I didn’t have to look for anything else. I thought the drama between Maddy and Gabe fit their situation and age well, and for me it wasn’t too overly dramatic for the most part.
I do think this story stretched out too long. There were other things going on in Gabe and Maddy’s lives, like the skating and the “problems” at home, but I don’t think it added all that much. I didn’t like that Gabe wanted to keep it a secret for so long because he wasn’t ready to deal with the consequences if it didn’t work out between him and Maddy. I felt he needed to grow a pair. I can’t say he’s someone I’d put on my book boyfriends list sadly. And Gave has this “two week” hang up that was really kind of silly, mostly because he put so much emphasis on the countdown when it came to Maddy. I did appreciate that he started feeling bad about being known around school for only dating girls for two weeks, even if it was after people started making fun of him for it. Gabe does end up finding his way in the end, but by then I’m left wondering what Maddy is so crazy about when it comes to him.
I did enjoy the skating competition aspects of the story though! And I really enjoyed how Igor, their coach/trainor, always messed up figures of speech. I liked how the two families were really close and had Saturday family fun nights together because that’s something I’ve always wanted to have. Definitely give The Boy Next Door a try though. It’s well written! I read it in one sitting. And maybe Gabe will rank higher with you than he did with me. :)