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The Guy Next Door: Boy, Book 2 [Audio Download]

by Meg Cabot (Author), Lorelei King (Narrator), Vincent Marzello (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 3 hours and 3 minutes
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  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Jun 2007
  • Language: English
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Melissa Fuller, gossip columnist of the New York Journal, is on the brink of losing her job. On this particular morning, she is 68 minutes late for work, making it her 37th late arrival so far this year. Human Resources have given her another official warning, her boss seriously doubts her commitment to the paper and, more importantly, even her best friend has begun to worry about her psychological well being.

This time, however, Melissa has a real excuse. She has just saved her elderly neighbour from a near-fatal attack, taken her to a hospital, and in the process, become sole custodian of Paco, her Great Dane - not the ideal accessory for a New York City girl. Melissa urgently needs to trace her neighbour's only relative, but when she finally meets him, the real trouble starts.

©2002 Meg Cabot; (P)2002 Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never thought e-mails could be this funny 4 May 2004
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As a great fan of Meg Cabot's wonderful Princess Diaries, I was doubtful whether she could be as funny writing for adults, but she is. This is an hilarious story, told entirely in e-mails. Mel is a gossip columnist on a New York newspaper. When her next-dorr-neighbour, elderly Mrs Freidlander, is knocked on the head and endus up in hospital, Mel is stuck with caring for her two cats and Great Dane. She contacts Mrs Freidlander's nephew Max to come and take over. Max however doesn't want to give up his holiday with supermodel Vivica, so her persuades his reluctant friend John Trent to take his place and pretend to be him (Max doesn't want to be cut out of auntie's will, she is very, very rich). Of course, Mel and John get to know each other and start to fall in love, but John is afraid to tell Mel the truth, especially as he is a reporter on a hated rival newspaper. The e-maile exchanges become more and more complex as Mel's love life is discussed freely by all her friends at the newspaper office.(Dolly, the outrageous fashion editor, is particularly funny). John dithers over whether or not to tell Mel the truth, while at the same time doing some investigating into the mysterious attack on Mrs Friedlander. The book reaches a climax with Mel's spectacularly clever and funny revenge oh John when she discovers the truth. This is a very, very funny book, and it would probably make a good film, though I am appalled at a previous reviewer's suggestion of Meg Ryan and Hugh Grant for the leads. I could not bear to see awful, simpering Meg Ryan playing the delightful Mel (anyhow, she's too old for the part),and Hugh Grant, though not as irritating as Meg Ryan, is not at all suitable to play John.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful reading 4 Aug 2004
If you are someone like me who is escapist and young at heart this book can not fail to please. I read it in one go and was disappointed when it finished. I can truly say I have not enjoyed a book like that for a long time. If you are a serious reader it may not appeal. But I loved it thouroughly and utterly.
Thank you to Meg Cabot for this wonderfully entertaining story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 17 April 2003
Melissa Fuller has managed to rack up dozens of tardies, but this time, her excuse is a really good one, albeit unique. She has discovered her elderly neighbor lying comatose, the apparent survivor of the city's current serial killer, the transvestite killer. Mel now feels responsible for taking care of the old lady's dog while she lies in the hospital, and walking the giant dog with a pea sized bladder is causing serious complications to her life. With the assistance of well meaning friends, she tracks down the woman's one living relative, Max, a nephew, and contacts him to come help with the dog, and see his dying aunt.
Max is, however, a selfish SOB, who had rather complete his vacation with a Victoria's Secret supermodel than come walk a great dane and visit an old, but rich relative. Thus, he calls in a favor and enlists John Trent to impersonate him so that should his aunt awaken, she won't think him the uncaring cad he really is. Reluctantly, John agrees, and immediately finds himself falling for Mel. The attraction is mutual, but the matter of his deception lies between them. What will happen should Mel find out that "Max" is John?
***** In this hilarious tale told via email messages, Ms. Cabot has created a GRIFFIN AND SABINE for the new generation. We get to see all sides of the story as Mel and John's friends and families communicate their varied opinions of the whole situation. From Mel's newly emailing parents, to her catty coworker who has inherited her exboyfriend, to the supermodel Max is dating, we are charmed by the situation that is so unbelieveable that it could be real. If this were a movie, Meg Ryan and Hugh Grant would be the ideal stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 9 Jun 2004
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I've read it many times and it still makes me smile
I love the way it's written (emails, voicemail messages etc.)
and be real here; doesnt anybody like (secretly) to read other people's mails? it's a very funny story, the characters are very realistic and well, it's just a great book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 20 Sep 2007
I should start by saying that I am probably not the intended audience for what some would call "chic lit" but I have to tell you as a 39 year old man this book made me laugh out loud more than any other I have ever read! The novel way of telling the story (through a collection of emails) makes it a page turner extraordinaire and sorry to use a cliche but I honestly couldn't put it down, it was that good! If I had to make one complaint it would be that I would have liked to have seen more of the character of Dolly Vargas, a camp, over the top "Ab Fab" kind of woman whose emails were so funny I cried in places. I will definitely be reading the 2 other novels in this series now and would recommend them to anyone, male, female and any age. Absolutely superb!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for relaxation and holidays 20 Dec 2002
Melissa Fuller is a fashion reporter whose neighbour, Mrs Friedlander, was attacked and remains in coma. Max, the old lady's relative, gets email from Mel who asks him to take care of his aunt's pets but it's not his nature to be that good. That's when Jack, a crime reporter of Mel's rival paper, has to pretend to be Max in order to repay his old friend. Jack moves in and falls in love with Mel. Problem is Mel does not know who he is--a guy from a wealthy family--and then, he discovers that his (fake) aunt was attacked by a copycat. Their relationship is fantastic so Jack plans to propose and confess when his lie is exposed. Jack will have to try winning Mel back while Mel is getting closer to the one who attacked her lady neighbour.
Cabot writes this story amusingly in the form of emails among friends, relatives and bosses, carefully weaving a 21st-century fairy tale full of humour, friendship and a little bit of suspense. You know it will have a happy ending but you still cannot put it down. Cabot steps up from 'cool-teen' to 'not-too-adult' style which can entertain both teens and adults. It's a fancy with reality check, a love story with crime scence. No long (and sometimes boring) details about places, things, events. You visualize the story from email communication---like reading diaries in the old time. I recommend this book for those who want happy thoughts and relaxation. Don't worry that it will bore you once you know the plot already---This is Cabot's writing! She knows how to hook you on.
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Published 3 months ago by Yasir Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one to read and re-read!
I first read this book years and years ago. I devoured The Princes Diaries series and I also really liked some of Meg's other books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Erin's Choice
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick, witty read
Firstly, The Boy Next Door is a novel entirely made up of emails and while that might put some readers off I have to confess to a huge weakness for the epistolary novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rosie Read
4.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked..
Its a good book. I read it quite quickly, at times the format was annoying but it did make me smile. Really good
Published 8 months ago by chitala
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Really great book, but on kindle some of the email formats and tables went onto different pages and were hard to read, there weren't very many of these though.
Published 13 months ago by Pearly2512
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Always loved meg Cabot and her story telling. Not sure if I read it in order from boy meets girl but I did enjoy it regardless. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anna Connacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Just finished reading :(
So good if u like her books love the twist of who killed the aunt kept u guessing through it
Published 15 months ago by stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical
This book is just laugh-your-socks-off funny. Meg Cabot is one of my all time favourite authors, and after reading her Young Adult books, I found this one on her website. Read more
Published 17 months ago by KC
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Decided to buy it after reading some reviews on the internet, discovered that it was no where near as entertaining as some people led me to believe. Very predictable and boring.
Published on 14 April 2011 by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL moments....brilliant read!!
I simply LOVED this book. It is so funny and witty and all written through emails it is divine! I read it in one go, simply because i couldnt get enough of the witty banter in... Read more
Published on 6 April 2011 by Elle L
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