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The Girl Next Door by [Noble, Elizabeth]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Length: 496 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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"The vivid primary protagonists and dramatic plot twists full of headache and heartache make this a safe bet for fans of Barbara Delinsky and Jane Green." -- "Library Journal"

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'This emotional read is full of fascinating characters you'll miss once the final page is turned'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1778 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Feb. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI92FC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
As is common with a number of Noble's books, here she takes almost a short story 'Love Actually' approach where we see snippets of intertwining lives. The reason for it in this book is people living in an apartment block in New York, and hence impacting on each other.

The main drive of the story is Eve and Ed, an English couple who move across from England when Ed starts a secondment in the New York office. Eve suffers due to the move, feeling lonely and needy, and eventually decides that having a baby would solve the issues she has, both with her new life and her relationship. The conclusion of their particular story brought tears to my eyes.

Other characters include Kim and Jason, a couple who are struggling through the aftermath of IVF; Rachael and David, who have to come to terms with a huge shock to their relationship; and the sweet love story between Emily and Jackson.

There are other stories that gently touch these more central narratives as well. Unusually, I found all the stories equally absorbing in their own way - although a couple of the characters annoyed me. These included Madison, because of her jealous and manipulative nature, and Charlotte, because of her naivety (although we leave her having had an epiphany of sorts and therefore can hope she'll change).

I enjoy Noble's warm and gentle writing style (that could be compared to other chick lit giants such as Marian Keyes), but also appreciate the fact that she is willing to touch on real life issues and tell sadder stories rather than keep everything light and frothy.
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Format: Hardcover
Once again Elizabeth Noble has succeeded in entertaining us. This time with a cleverly interwoven tale of the lives and loves of neighbourly New Yorkers. Her characters are captivatingly real and honestly flawed.You care what happens to them. There are tears but plenty of laugh out loud moments too in a cracking good read that ends too soon.
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Format: Paperback
I have came across this book 3 times before in the end I decided to buy it. I have not read an Noble book before so therefore I cannot comment whether it is the best or not.. This book for me was a 50/50 case, I have enjoyed it and I have been dissapointed by it.. Firstly there was too many characters, it takes quite a while for you to adjust the characters and that can put of many people, half or the characters weren't even important.

This may be just my mind and thinking but at the synopsis we read this part: "Meeting Emily Mikanowski from 3A turns Trip Grayling's world upside down. Its love at first sight, but he needs help from Charlotte, the shy romance addict in 2A, if he's going to win the girl" and it says that everyones heartbroken etc. So this sentence mislead me to think that whilst helping out, they (Trip & Charlotte) would fall for each other and Emily would be heart broken. But that was not the case. Trip only went to Charlotte once for help and that was towards the end of the book and he had already won the girl. It was a big dissapointment in my case unfortunately..

I'm afraid the introductions of each characters were too long and you had to read half the book by the time you come to the real action. It takes quite a bit time to get into the story.

The only couple I have liked was Eve ad Ed and I really did cry at the end to their story, and I only enjoyed their story, to me this is the only plus side of the book for me...
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Format: Paperback
I have enjoyed all of Elizabeth Noble's books up to this one, and The Girl Next Door carries on that trend. It's the story of a number of people who live in an apartment block in New York, and their trials and tribulations over the course of a year or so.

It's a very light book, and a quick and easy read, although it did move me to tears on two occasions. It doesn't have loads of substance, but it certainly kept me wanting to pick it up and read it as often as possible.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm sorry to disagree with the other reviewers, but I found this book a real bore. Yes, there is some heart-tugging stuff about a sick baby, but (without wishing to sound cynical) that isn't enough to make a good or moving book. In theme it's very reminiscent of Candace Bushnell's One Fifth Avenue, revolving around the inhabitants of an apartment block in New York. Unfortunately, the characters struck me as pretty dull and lifeless, and I just couldn't care very much about them. Despite the many references to Central Park and Barneys and shopping, the city didn't come alive. Bushnell's book is far more frivolous, and a far better read. Also, a minor point - many of the American characters sounded suspiciously English (saying 'mum' instead of 'mom', for instance.) I know many people love Elizabeth Noble's books and will hate me for saying this, but there is much better stuff out there.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was actually reading the book in paperback but I received a kindle for my birthday and couldn't wait, so bought the kindle version. Actually a good book, one part actually made me cry. I have read another of Elizabeth Noble's books (Things I Want My Daughter To Know) and really enjoyed this too. I am definitely going to read more of her books.
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Format: Paperback
I'm always ever so slightly wary when I open a book and the first thing I find is a list of characters- and one that takes up quite a few pages nonetheless! For a chick lit book as well, I was a bit dubious- 'how many characters does this book have?' I thought to myself, already a little bit concerned that I wouldn't be able to focus on who was who. I needn't have worried though- a lot of characters listed at the beginning are actually secondary ones and only make a flitting appearance in the novel. To be honest, I think this book could have done without the list entirely- it seems a bit of a waste of time.

The book isn't a waste of time, thankfully. It's a nice enough read, concentrating on an apartment building in New York City's hodge-podge of residents and their entwining lives. There's a bit of romance, infidelity and focus on family lives. Like Nobel's other books the character development is well done and the writing flows easily- admittedly it isn't a masterpiece and I didn't like this as much as 'Things I want My Daughters to Know,' but that aside, it held my attention and I don't regret picking it up.

As I've said, there's quite a few characters in this- we have a few married couples- but how happy are they, really? There's also independent Emily, romantic dreamer Charlottte and rich boy Trip. Throw in elderly Violet who's hiding a few secrets of her own, a gay couple and a homophobe and this book is like a mini soap-opera.

Though its a little bit rushed in places, I think this book would appeal to anyone who likes chick-lit with a focus on family lives and relationships.
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