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I Spy the Boy Next Door


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This Teen Drama would rival all the daytime and nighttime soap operas combined.

This story needed one real, central plot from which all the action and storyline would unfold. Instead, we are inundated with a hodgepodge of subplots. Mallory Taylor, a sheltered 17 year old girl, suffers from panic disorder and was home schooled all of her life, but after 5 years of stalking her hunky next door neighbour, she decides that she wants a chance to meet hunky Troy, overcome her panic disorder, and physically attend her final year of high school.

In her first few weeks of school, Mallory somehow manages to captivate Troy, fall in with the wrong crowd, get drunk at a rowdy party, and attend a few of Troy's boxing matches - despite her parents being over the top protective of her. Oh, and she is such a home schooled genius that she is way ahead of all of the other kids in her new school.

Like the famous Twilight series, Troy at first appears to dislike Mallory, but she often awakens at night to find that Troy regularly climbs up to her bedroom and sleeps with Mallory (much like Edward and Bella in the now famous vampire trilogy!)

Since there aren't already enough convoluted subplots floating about in this story, Mallory also learns towards the end of the novel that she was in fact adopted and that her biological father is in prison. Troy then confesses that he and his father have been assigned to watch over her for her protection - as if she was in some sort of witness protection program.

But wait, it gets better: at the end of this crazy ride that would rival the Perils of Pauline, Mallory discovers, during a visit to her biological father in prison, that she has a sister. At this point, I thought: is the author hinting at a sequel here? What more can Mallory possibly endure without risking her panic attacks returning to stop her from living such a full and eventful life?!

The characters in this novel are not true to life, the plots are farfetched, there is no flow or proper continuity to much of the storyline, and the author makes use of just about every YA trope out there. I rate this a 2.75 out of 5, rounded up to a 3 because the author can actually write a proper sentence.

My thanks to Reedsy Discovery, the author and publisher for a free ARC of this YA novel in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author

Born and raised in New Zealand, Samantha prefers to be tucked away writing whenever she can — or, rather, whenever her adorable yet demanding baby boy allows. She has written in multiple genres, but never strays far from romance. view profile

Published on May 25, 2019

Published by Koru House Press

80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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