The Boy Is Back (Boy, #4)by Published 18 Oct 2016
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From New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot comes the sweetly humorous story of a man who has to face his past in order to find his future.
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?
This warm, thought-provoking book, told entirely in texts, emails, and journal entries, is as much about the enduring bond of families as it is about second chances at love, and will delight as much as it entertains.
The Boy Is Back (Boy, #4) Reviews
Time and time again I have to pick up a book by Meg Cabot, she’s my go to author when I’m feeling down and had a crappy day, when I need to lose myself in her crazy funny worlds with her bubbly characters. She always guarantees a laugh out loud read that you find yourself up until the early hours finishing off even though you have to get up early the next day. I’ve lost count from the times that one of her books has become my new favourite, it was originally the Princess Diaries series, then Queen of Babble, then the Heather Wells series, but now Meg’s Boy series has become my favourite once more. I adored these books when they first came out, and so when Meg announced that there would be a new addition to this series, I was over the moon and once again Meg didn’t let me down with The Boy is Back. I love the format Cabot gives us with the emails, text messages and group chats, you would think this sort of format would be difficult to get into, but once you get stuck into the story it seems to flow so well. Of course Cabot creates characters that you’re rooting for from the very beginning. I love it when characters are reunited under awkward circumstances and try to hide their feeling away from 10 years ago. We’re never given the full story of what happened between Reed and Becky 10 years ago, but just given snippets over the course of the story and I really liked this. I’d made my guesses of what really went down, but was glad to be surprised that I was wrong. It was obvious from the beginning that there was still something between Reed and Becky and I adored the build up to their relationship, the misunderstandings and mistakes that they had to endure along the way. Reed was such an adorable character, watching him try and make sense of how to make things right was so cute. It was clear that even though Reed had messed up in the past, he was trying his best to make things right now.
Once again Cabot gives us a great set of quirky characters which bring so much entertainment to the story with their colourful personalities. I loved the interactions between them, how they were there for each other to offer extra encouragement and support when needed. But they were also those characters who you loved to hate, that were so infuriating, but also so entertaining at the same time. Even though I had inkling about how things would end I absolutely loved this book. The Boy is Back couldn’t have come at a better time for me; I was in the biggest reading funk ever, and feeling quite down to coming back home from holiday. So I welcomed these vibrant characters into my life with open arms. I also liked the small cross references that Cabot included to other characters in the rest of the Boy series, just this small amount of it made me want to re-read the entire series once more. I’m not normally a big book pusher, but if I can recommend one book that everyone should pre-order this year it is The Boy is Back. Cabot weaves a wonderful story of missed chances, family, friendships and love. It’s full with many scenes which will have you laughing out loud and swooning throughout!
The Boy Is Back is the fourth book in the Boy series. This book is Chick Lit and is a complete standalone.
This book is told entirely through texts, emails, and journal entries.
I love that in the past 1-2 years Meg Cabot has gone back and written conclusions to some of her most popular series. First she did Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries #11 - they are now adults), then she did Remembrance (The Mediator #7 -they are now adults), and now we have The Boy is Back (a conclusion to her popular Boy series - told completely through emails, texts...).
It has been forever since I read the first three books in the Boy series. So I was happy that this book has different characters and that I did not need to remember the previous books. Apparently there are a couple of minor characters from the previous books that have cameos (if anybody knows who these are can you list them in the comments section).
The book takes place in Bloomville, Indiana. The main characters of this story are Becky Flowers (age 24) and Reed Stewart. Other important characters are Nicole and Beverly (Becky's sister and mom) and Judge Stewart and his wife (Reed's parents), Carly Stewart (Reed's sister-in-law), Marshall Stewart (Reed's brother) and Trimble Stewart (Reed's sister).
This story is completely told through emails, texts, journal entries and a few other interesting ways (there were product reviews on Amazon which were hysterical). The other books in the series were done the same way. There are no chapters. This is a fun way to set up a book. But it does take a bit of getting used to. Also there were a handful of times when I felt this format did not work (i.e., when two characters were together and I just really wanted them to speak to each other vs the author having to figure out a way to tell us what they were saying).
The story is about Becky. She is a senior moving consultant. She helps seniors declutter and relocate. Reed is a professional golfer. He was Becky's high school boyfriend. But he left town 10 years ago. When his parents are mixed up in a town scandal everyone gets involved. And the result is some pretty funny stuff. But even though this book is fun and funny, there are some serious issues that are explored: senility, elder abuse, hoarding, and under-age drinking.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is funny and charming. It is a quick and light read. The format is interesting and made for a nice change. I really liked it!
Thanks to edelweiss and William Morrow Paperbacks for allowing me to read this book.
Cute, but extremely predictable. Also, Becky was basically Mia, just in a very small town and much less neurotic. Kind of boring at points because I already knew without a doubt how it'd end.
Meg Cabot is the queen of fluff! And this series is one of the best at it. The epistolary format consisting of emails, texts, and documents makes this a fun and quick read. The Stewart family is in trouble. Their father, a prominent local judge, tried to pay for a meal with a worthless stamp. Is he going crazy? His children are scrambling to figure their parents out and professional golfer son Reed rolls back into town. And sister-in-law Carly has decided to hire ex-girlfriend Becky to organize their parents' stuff. See the dilemma? Meg really has us rooting for Becky and Reed getting back together throughout the entire book.
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author, is back with her popular Boy series and yet once again the author has successfully enlightened the spark between two old flames in Cabot's signature style flair, complete with laughter, humor, a bit of pain and lots of emotions, that only ensure that whoever picks up a copy of her book is sure to have a good time. The Boy is Back is centered around a celebrated golf player who returns back to his hometown following a scandal about his parents and there he once again come face to face with his first love, who he has been avoiding for the past 10 years.
In this brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.
Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit. Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.
Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.
Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night. And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.
Reed Stewart is back in Bloomville, the small town in Indiana, which he painfully left 10 years ago in order to forget about his heart break and also he was kicked out by his father following a tragic accident. Reed is all set to save his parents' name and also to move them to a retirement facility where they can be taken care of, following an awkward scandal that has apparently gone viral on the Internet. Although Reed is backed by his brother and his sister-in-law, he is bit scared to come across his old love whom he left behind all those years ago to become a professional golf player.
Becky Flowers has managed to make her heart understand that Reed is gone and that it is time to move on. Although she is in a stable relationship with a wine shop owner, yet her heart still holds back the sweet memories that she shared with Reed. And not to mention, when Reed's sister hires Becky to help her in laws stuffs to relocate, Becky jumps at the opportunity, who herself has inherited her father's business of moving and relocating household goods and stuffs. Little did Becky had any idea on how to react in front of Reed, when she comes face-to-face with him, all the while her emotions are running wild. But no matter what, Becky needs to maintain a professional contact with Reed, even though she is constantly being forced by her sister, mother and her best friend to rekindle the spark between Reed and Becky. But can they?
Meg Cabot is a queen when it comes to creating some cheesy melodramatic chick-lit stories that are hilarious and extremely heart touching. Unfortunately, The Boy is Back is mildly funny, moreover, it feels like the fun is force-fed by the characters, who also try to be weird and hilarious in a dramatic way. The one unique thing about this book is the way the story has been unfolded by the author through text messages, email threads, online reviews and journal entries, sometimes images too show up amidst the light heart-hearted communication among the characters. Cheesy drama aren't my forte yet I grabbed this book on the pretext that I'm gonna have a good time, no matter what. After all, sometimes, cliches are necessary to make the readers have faith in fairy tales, otherwise, fairy tales would fade into nothing.
The author's writing style is simple, articulate and something easy to comprehend with, perfectly laced with emotions, hilarious remarks and moments to reflect a sweet and romantic flair. The narrative is often sketchy, as the story is unfolded in the form of text messages and emails, hence the scenes that have already happened are narrated or discussed among the characters, which will give a brief idea to the readers about such scenes. Hence descriptions are lacking from the scenes, and also the depth is missing from those, that will leave the readers pretty clueless about the importance of the events and the scenes. The pacing is swift, as it is very easy and quick to read the book through short sentences.
And if any reader is looking for cheesy romantic story, then he/she must grab a copy of this book, as when Meg Cabot creates a magical romance between two old flames. The spark between the two central characters is well concocted by the author as they rediscover one another after a decade, where they learn new truths and secrets about one another, all the while forgiving one another for their broken past. The emotional flow among the two characters is strong, evocative and extremely compassionate, that will make the readers fall for the idea of love all over again. So on a long, lonely afternoon, this book can be your companion that holds the power to feel for your lost love yet one more time. The feelings are very much real and the readers will find it easy to contemplate with the demeanor of the two characters, who in the beginning feels scared to re-approach one another with their honest feelings.
Although the characters lack realism, layers and shades from their behavior thereby leaving them look vague in the eyes of the readers. The characters fail on being trying to look funny, yet somehow the love story will beg the readers to stay glued to the story line. The main characters are crafted out someone who is very plain, straightforward and okayish type, without much flair, passion or diversity in their demeanor. The character development lacked terribly.
So to sum up my review, I would not highly recommend this novel to anyone, yet anybody who enjoys reading cliched love stories can easily find this novel delectable and compelling enough to keep themselves engaged through out the story line.
Verdict: A sweet, tender and a bit cliched and typical Cabot-styled love story.
Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers from Harper Collins India for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.