Title: The Boy is Back
Author: Meg Cabot
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Boy Next Door
2. Boy Meets Girl
3. Every Boy’s Got One
Date Started: December 13
Date Finished: December 16
Format: ebook from the digital library
Sometimes to move forward, you have to go back… One post. That’s all it took to destroy the care free, glamorous life of pro golfer Reed Stewart. One tiny post on the Internet. Then again, it’s not like Reed’s been winning many tournaments lately, and his uncle isn’t the only one who says it’s because of the unfinished business he left behind back home in Bloomville, Indiana—namely Reed’s father, the Honorable Judge Richard P. Stewart, and the only girl Reed ever loved, Becky Flowers.
But Reed hasn’t spoken to either his father or Becky in over a decade. Until that post on the Internet. Suddenly, Reed’s family has become a national laughingstock, his publicist won’t stop calling, his siblings are begging for help, and Reed realizes he has no other choice: He’s got to go home to face his past . . . the Judge and the girl he left behind.
Becky’s worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed—which hasn’t been easy, considering he’s their hometown’s golden boy, and all anyone ever talks about. It was fine while they were thousands of miles apart, but now he’s back in Bloomville. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him—until his family hires her to help save his parents. Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another…or the memories of that one fateful night. Can the quirky residents of Bloomville bring these two young people back together, or will Reed and Becky continue to allow their pasts to deny them the future they deserve?
When I first found out that there was going to be another book in the Boy series, I was really excited, even more so when I went through a reread of them over the last few months. However, the thing that really bugs me about these books is that they’re not really sequels. They revolve in the same world, but focus on different characters. The Boy is Back, though, barely focused on characters that I remembered from the previous novels – other than an appearance by Dolly and Tim, no one else from New York appears – and instead focused on a brand new set of characters, who – if I’m being completely honest – weren’t all that great.
When this book first starts, it actually gets a little confusing because you’re jumping between an online news article, to Marshall and his wife Carly exchanging e-mails and texts, to Becky and her sister Nicole exchanging texts. That is a lot of new characters to be introduced to at once. However, once you get back into the flow of things, The Boy is Back really flies by. My only real complaint I guess is that there really isn’t all that much flirting between Reed and Becky. They see each other at his parents house a few times, they flirt over text, go out to dinner and then wam. They’re kissing? I guess I can chalk that up to old history, but I was shocked that there wasn’t much drama with Becky when she broke up with her current boyfriend so she could date Reed.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This book did have it’s witty moments, but otherwise it was a kind of dry tale. I wish that this particular boy hadn’t come back.
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