Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Next Door Boys Paperback – October 8, 2011
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Discover what to read next through the Amazon Book Review. Learn more.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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!
What first attracted me to "The Next Door Boys" was both the book's cover and synopsis. They left me intrigued.
But while I'd love to recommend this book to a number of people, I can't. It's simply too Mormon-centric to appeal to a large group of readers. Jolene writes with a Mormon audience in mind, using jargon and relating experiences that leave readers of other faiths in the dark. It's unfortunate, because the basic story is sound and Leigh is a relatable character. By adding a few explanations and minor tweaks, Jolene could have had much more marketable and overall enjoyable book.
Leigh struggles with the same things we all did at that age: finding our own self, transitioning from child to adult, learning that as much as we want to stand on our own, it's okay to need others. But she does it with the perspective of someone who has touched death, giving this book a sense of depth unlike so many other young adult books I've read.
Jolene does a fabulous job with characters. They feel entirely real and fully dimensional... there's not a flat cardboard character in this book, which is chock full of characters. especially Leigh, who wants her independence and normal life back so much that she puts her own health in peril. There are a lot of nice people in this book, which is, frankly, refreshing. The fact is, nice people can add complexities to a situation as well, and Jolene's cast of characters bring their own well-intentioned but nevertheless frustrating roadblocks to Leigh's desire for a normal life. Besides her own housemates, Leigh has to contend with the "next door boys": her watchful older brother, a handful of boys with crushes on her, and a tattoo-laden guy with a past and the secrets that go with it.
I liked that faith was also an integral part of Leigh's story. I think faith is important to a lot more people than books tend to show, and Jolene manages to make Leigh's faith so seamlessly a part of this story that it doesn't feel like an added element, but rather one the story could never have been written without. In fact, the importance of family in the LDS church plays a huge role in how Leigh sees herself and her future, knowing the cancer has robbed her of the ability to have children.
This book is both fun and heart-wrenching, and impossible to put down. While I would say it was an easy read in the fact that I fairly flew through the pages, it was also definitely thought provoking, and the kind of book that stays with you long after you finish. And as a young adult book, I was thrilled it had no language or sexual content that would keep me from giving this to my kids to read.
I highly recommend this book, and any other book Jolene writes. I, for one, will be the first in line for the next one!
I am going to start with the ending. Yes, I am going backwards. I loved the ending. Not because it was a happily ever after, but a new beginning. Hope after something greatly lost. I loved that the ending gave a great defining that if you keep your faith, pray consistently, what you pray for will come to pass.
The love in this book gave me many happy tears. I loved that it not only grew over time, but became so much more than what is expected. Leigh knows wants what she can't have, yet God answers her prayers to something better. Something more. I love that Leigh learn a great lesson in faith and in love.
The plot line gave me such great chills that I just wanted to start from the first page and read again. I just can't explain how much this book really touched my heart. I adore everything in it. Plus, really I am this type of person. I love to see happy endings and dreams come true.
I recommend you read this book if you love a book with a tragedy but a hopeful ending. Ms. Perry did a great job in capturing the characters feelings and letting the reader feel them. This is a book of a kind of faith I want to have. Read it. You'll love it.