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Josie Lloyd , Emlyn Rees
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7 Feb 2002

Is it true what they say about first loves being forever?

As the 1980s dawn in the sleepy English village of Rushton, Mickey and Fred are next-door neighbours and best friends, in and out of scrapes from the day they're born. They're convinced that nothing will ever keep them apart. But they're wrong.

Fifteen years later, Mickey is beginning a new phase of her life, with a small flower shop in London. Meanwhile, Fred's life is also changing: he's set to marry his girlfriend in just a few short weeks. Then he bumps into Mickey for the first time since their worlds fell apart.

As they pick up the threads of their friendship, Fred and Mickey relive their glory days growing up in Rushton. But can they ever really overcome the devastating events that once tore them apart?

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099414821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099414827
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Boy Next Door is the third offering from bestselling duo Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees. Their previous books, Come Together and Come Again, carved out a niche in the popular romance genre with their alternating boy/girl perspectives; and this novel uses the same device to tell the story of childhood best friends pulled apart by tragedy and reunited by coincidence. Fred Roper is a technophile: "I'm into technology, it's a compulsion and a fear." He has a cool job as a marketing manager for an online company and a hot fiancée who has an "insatiable sexual appetite". But he's not really happy. Mickey Malony, his 70s best friend, hasn't seen him in 15 years. She's also living in London, runs her own flower shop and is bringing up her young son on her own. They meet by chance in a toy superstore, and the remainder of the book is a will they? won't they? get-it-together scenario against a backdrop of their shared memories from their small town past. The novel is nice, an old fashioned romance, but with a modern twist--techno boy rekindles lost love with the down to earth flower shop girl, even the language has a love in bloom quality to it: "her short curved lip turned tender and full". The Boy Next Door is an entertaining look at first love and the way it can all gone wrong and then go right. --Eithne Farry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A moving story of childhood friendship and grown-up love - you won't want to put it down" (She)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabby summer read! 23 May 2001
By A Customer
'The boy next door' is a very good read as was 'come together' and 'come again'. Josie lloyd and Emlyn Rees wriing style complements each other and the book is light, simple, entertaining and funny. the story line is fantastic and believe me it's hard to put down. Im not a strong reader but i finnished it in 2 days (so much for studing for exams!).The authors have a superb style and an effective way of telling the story by mixing past with present. I highely reccoment the book to any young (ish) female looking for a top book to read in the sun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it's real! Lloyd and Rees do it again! 16 Jan 2002
By A Customer
What a treat this book was to read. Funny, sweet and VERY moving. I really cared about what happened to Fred and Mickey, particularly when it became apparent that this wasn't just another boy meets girl book, but a story based around a realistic trauma that happens to two kids and what they have to do to come to terms with it as adults and kickstart their lives again. 3D writing at its best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully moving story 1 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Having already read "Come together" by Lloyd & Rees I was confident that this would be a good read. I read the book in days as it became impossible to put down. The first person narrative style adopted is very powerful in conveying the thoughts and feelings of the protaganists in both their childhoods and the present. The plot is original, thought provoking and at times, incredibly moving. As the story unfolded I was on occasions moved to tears. The intertwinement of the past and the present was clear and effective in demonstrating how closely the two were linked for Mickey and Fred. The ending is built towards slowly, removing any possibility of it being cliched. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected - a good read 7 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Not without it's weaknesses (its title that promises so little being one of them) "The boy next door" is a surprisingly engaging read. It's the story of childhood friends that become sweethearts whose teenage plans and dreams are torn apart by a family tragedy. It's particularity is its alternation from chapter to chapter, between the boy's and the girls prospective.
Those that reproach the unlikely plot and predictiblity of the storyline obviously are not true 'romance readers' the only thing that matters is if you are captured by the romance and feel the sizzle of the attraction and the Lloyd/Rees combination manages to deliver at least on the former.
It is a very romantic story and its classic starcrossed lovers theme can be found a thousand times over but it is done well, kept relatively simple and reads easily. It's not got a lot of bedroom sizzle (hardly any in fact)but then British novels rarely have.
I wish the boys prospective had been a little more insightful and less... 'girly' and the ending does seem rushed but putting aside my disappointment it was a meatier, more rounded out novel, the story trips along nicely and you do care about the characters. You will get more than you expected from this nicely writen little book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Josie Lloyd and Emilyn Rees completely surpass their earlier joint novels, Come Together and Come Again, with a tale of romance, intrigue, tragedy and excitement. This real life couple write alternate chapters through the eyes of their characters from the differing male and female perspectives.
Mickey and Fred were childhood sweethearts whose romance met an untimely end due to a family tragedy which is hinted at all the way through but not revealed until the end of The Boy Next Door. We pick up the tale when Mickey and Fred are in their early thirties and Mickey is a single mum with her own business. Fred, inspired by the dawning of the year 2000 and a mid-life crisis, is on the verge of getting married to the sexually insatiable Gucci-wearing Rebecca.
Alternating between the past and the present, Mickey and Fred guide us through their childhood friendship, teenage romance and adult lives, reminding the reader about the innocence of childhood, the excitement of first love and the trials and tribulations of being grown-up.
The Boy Next Door it totally addictive and without a doubt the best book I have read in the last year. Boy meets girl with a twist, you'll laugh, cry, and wonder where the time has gone when you read the entire book in one go.
The Boy Next Door will keep you turning the pages, wondering about your own first love and wishing that if you were going to write a novel, it could be this one.
by Emma Lunn
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! :o) 2 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Another thumbs up for Lloyd and Rees! After reading Come Together, I was hooked and had to buy this book! I absolutely loved this book and just couldn't put it down! It's a cute story of two childhood lovers reunited again by coincidence. This book had me awwwww-ing all the way through and made me kinda tearful in some parts! A very sweet story and I can't wait for the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy enjoyable read 11 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Really enjoyed this book, I think it may even be better than their other two. It's not intellectually challenging, but is a pleasant, fun, easy read and you really care about the characters. The flashbacks to Fred and Micky's childhood work well and create interest as they give the book two simultaneous "love stories" running side by side. I would recommend this to friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars REALLY FUN!!
Even with the bad writing style and the bland narration, this story somehow managed to captivate me. I fell in love with this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rashika
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming & Absolutely Lovely!
This story is similar to a Romeo & Juliet type story as the parents force the main characters apart at a young age.... Read more
Published on 7 July 2008 by Little Miss Star*x
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Heart warming... funny...FAB!!!!
I love, love, LOVE all of Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees Books! I have them all and this is one of my favourites! Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2008 by L. Hargreaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good read.
Found this on the bookshelf in the apartment on holiday - read it in record time and loved it. I have since bought a copy for my own bookshelf so I can read it again and again. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2007 by M. Tolley
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little book
I found myself becoming quite attached to this book, possibly because it reminded me of my childhood and the feelings described are feelings im familiar with. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2006 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Once again, as seen from both sides of the fence...
These two offer a kind of `guarantee' of an enjoyable romantic read, while managing to avoid the rose-tinted outlook usually favoured by romantic novelists, and keeping an... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2006 by maria1971
5.0 out of 5 stars *Excellent Buy*
I bought this book and Oh My God, I absolutely love it. I'm about half way in and I find myself constantly needing to read more and more. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2006 by Ms. C. Walmsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Best thing I've read in ages...but what an ending!
I bought this book years ago but due to moving twice it somehow ended up unread and in a box gathering dust but a few weeks ago I finally sorted out the junk and found it and it... Read more
Published on 16 July 2006 by Mrs. Gemma L. Cantan
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
Totally predictable outcome for this story. Things happen in a way that seem unrealistic....boy remeets girl, invites her to a company event aimed at kids and gets on famously with... Read more
Published on 15 April 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book!
this is definitely one of the best books i have ever read! the story is amazing! you really start to care about the caracters and what happens to them! Read more
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