Author: Katie Van Ark
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Received: For Review From Macmillan (Thank You!)
Published: January 6th, 2015 from Swoon Reads
Stars: 2/5 Stars
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?
The Boy Next Door started off as a really fun and sweet young adult contemporary novel, but for me it took a turn for the worst. This is not saying that it wasn't a good book but it just wasn't the book for me. I really loved the premise of this book and I think a lot of people will like it. I just wasn't a fan of the direction that the book took. There was just too much drama that really killed the story.
The two main characters of this book are figure skaters and they are doing pairs. This is probably what I enjoyed most of this book. My motto is those who can't do watch it on TV and now read books about it. I wish I could figure skate. I am just not athletic in any sense of the word, but I love watching other people who are. I really enjoyed how figure skating was worked into this story and for those who are completely unfamiliar with figure skating would still be able to understand those aspects.
The romance started off okay there was tension and that was enjoyable, but after awhile it didn't make sense why he felt they shouldn't be together. There was just too much angst and drama. It went from him saying they shouldn't be together to them having sex way too quick for this story. It just wasn't paced right at all.
The romance was overly dramatic and then their family drama put it over the top. By the end of the book, I just wanted it to be over. I know some people will really enjoy this book it just missed the mark for me. I love soap opera like stories and over the top romances but this one had too much drama that just felt forced.
I really wanted to like this one, but alas the second half of it wasn't as good as the first. If was tad bit less dramatic and angsty I definitely would have enjoyed this young adult contemporary skating novel a lot more.