From the publisher—
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.
Meg Cabot is probably the best-known and most prolific young adult and tween author around and she has truly earned her popularity with such books as The Princess Diaries. In fact, anyone who hasn’t at least heard of that book or the movie adaptation has most likely been living under a rock. Ms. Cabot has also written a number of adult books, mostly romances, and The Boy series falls into that category. Technically, those four books aren’t really a series since each one has different characters but the overall theme ties them together.
The Boy Is Back is the first one I’ve tried—I don’t read much romance but I’ve always liked Ms. Cabot’s other work—and I certainly didn’t feel any lack because I hadn’t read the first three. Reed and Becky are quite normal people coping with real-life issues the best they can while trying to ignore the connection they had in the past. This, of course, is a common trope in romances with contemporary settings and I felt that what elevated this particular one a bit above the pack is the style in which it’s written, presenting the tale through texts, emails, journal entries, etc. For me, this gave it a fresh, light feeling and made everything move quickly which I appreciated.
On the whole, I’m still not a convert to the romance side 😉 but Ms. Cabot gave me a few hours of chick-lit pleasure. I don’t know that I’ll go back to read the earlier Boy books but I definitely have a fondness for this author and will continue to follow her.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, October 2016.
Amazon // Indiebound
About the Author
Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her award-winning adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of bestselling young adult fiction, including The Princess Diaries and the Mediator series. More than twenty-five million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.
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