Title: A Short History of the Girl Next Door
Author: Jared Reck
ARC received through NetGalley.
A Short History of the Girl Next Door is a funny, incredible, emotional story. I laughed. I suffered second-hand embarrassment. I cried.
Matt was one of the most wonderful characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. He can easily be described as the sweet, funny, sometimes awkward, boy next door. I loved having the story narrated from his point of view and from very early on, I had the easiest time connecting with him. It was not difficult to put myself in his shoes throughout the book: I felt all of his frustration, embarrassment, heartbreak, anger, grief, and pain right alongside him. My heart truly broke for him and I’m not ashamed to admit that it made me cry ugly tears. That not-so-little twist that comes almost two-thirds of the way through the book caught me completely off guard, and when I realized the book was heading in a totally different direction than I had been expecting, it was heart-wrenching.
This book was nothing short of amazing and tells a very touching story, one I won’t be forgetting any time soon. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is an impressive debut novel that I highly recommend!