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The Next Door Boys Paperback – October 8, 2011
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Genre: LDS Romance
Length: 272 pages
Rating: **** (Really liked it).
The Pros: I was once in a book club with a woman who called most LDS literature "fluff." I wish I had known about books like THE NEXT DOOR BOYS (or OF GRACE AND CHOCOLATE and NOT MY TYPE) back then. Not fluff. Leigh deals with issues. Leigh uses the gospel. Sometimes Leigh does good dealing with issues. Sometimes Leigh does not. THE NEXT DOOR BOYS has depth and I like that depth a lot. Leigh has a great supporting cast of characters from her protective brother Jaron right down to her love interests Brian and Noah.
The Cons: So, I'm being picky about this one, but Leigh had as sort of selfish attitude when it came to the concern her family felt for her. She was stubborn about the doctor's advice and kept refusing to listen to her parents and brother even when the ill-effects of her choices were blatantly obvious. It especially stands about because all the characters in the book praise Leigh for her kindness and thoughtfulness, so it didn't seem to jive for me. BUT, Leigh does learn and realize how selfish she's been in the end, so I guess I can forgive her that. Two other picks: one, Leigh has a cliche quality that pops up a lot in many of these genres in that all the boys are attracted to her and she can't figure out why; and two, the quick scene changing sometimes caught me off guard.
Disclaimer: Leigh deals with pretty emotional situations, but I'd have no problem putting this book into a teenager's hands.
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It did. I really, really liked it.
The main character, Leigh, is a nineteen year old survivor of ovarian cancer that has left her family frightened and overprotective, while making Leigh determined to get back to normal life as soon as possible. For Leigh,normal life includes attending Brigham Young University and practicing her faith -- she is a devout Mormon.
I found Leigh an appealing character, one who I wanted to follow through a 287 page book. Her struggles with illness were very poignant and realistic to me. I have some experience with illness myself and very much related to her wish to be treated like everyone else, her efforts to maintain a normal schedule despite her exhaustion and weakness, her determination to move forward and claim her future.
I was also fascinated by the peek offered into the world of practicing Mormons -- I would have liked more of that in the book, in fact. Leigh embraces her faith as part of her daily life, and I enjoyed reading about it.
Even post-chemotherapy,Leigh is a bit of a femme fatale. Without trying or even wanting to, she attracts men like bees to honey. Accordingly, there's a love triangle of sorts, which also makes for a fun read.
A very nice book that I enjoyed the whole way through. Highly recommeded!
Leigh Tressman has taken a year of from college to recover from treatment for ovarian cancer and as the story opens, she is headed back under the watchful eye of her brother. She meets her brother's roommate Brian and his son but soon finds herself torn between her attraction for Brian and the sophisticated Noah who sweeps her off her feet. The conflict is engaging and emotionally accurate throughout.
This is a Mormon romance novel, and so there are references to scripture studies and walks on the Temple grounds, but the beliefs of the characters lend a refreshing kind of innocence to the proceedings. For example, to celebrate the end of mid-terms, they go on a hike. A kiss is a big deal. In today's jaded and overpressured world, that's kind of nice.
Jolene has a couple of other books out now and I want to read them all. I hope she has a bright and productive career. It's kind of odd for a guy my age to want to read romance novels, but I'll go for good writing, intriguing plots and well-drawn characters any day, regardless of genre.