While walking amongst the stacks the other day I found Meg Cabot’s The Boy is Back and checked it out. I think I read it in a day. The story is told between texts, emails and journal entries, and is light and fluffy. Exactly what I needed. The Boy is Back follows Becky Flowers, the owner of a senior moving company in her Indiana small town. When her high school boyfriend Reed’s parents are caught trying to pay for their dinner with a postage stamp, she knows something is wrong. So does the rest of Reed’s family, so Reed (now a professional golfer) comes back to Indiana. Shenanigans ensue as Becky is hired by Reed’s sister in law to help his parents move, and as I’m sure you guessed, there’s a happy ending.
This got me reading the rest of Meg Cabot’s boy series. I read them out of order (4, 3, 1, 2) and aside from The Boy is Back, the characters all work for the same newspaper in New York City. This isn’t a crucial plot point or anything, but I kinda love how they’re all connected. Even if the main players are different.
In Every Boy’s Got One, Jane flies to Italy with her best friend Holly to be a witness and Maid of Honor at Holly and Mark’s wedding. Mark’s best friend Cal, is the Best Man, and so different from Holly she doesn’t know how they’ll stand the week together. But as they say, opposites attract.
The Boy Next Door follows Mel, a gossip columnist who finds her elderly neighbor unconscious in her apartment. When the neighbor’s nephew moves in to take care of the place (and pets) and be around for his aunt, Mel starts to pay a little closer attention to her neighbors than before.
Boy Meets Girl is about Kate, who works for the Human Resources Division of the New York Journal is instructed to fire the catering lady, despite Kate’s moral objections. When Ida, the caterer, files her own countersuit Kate finds herself embroiled in a legal case with her hated boss, her hated boss’s fiancé, and the boss’s fiancé’s brother (who is technically the head of the case, since the fiancé is “too close to the case”). However, the fiancé’s brother, doesn’t seem quite so bad… actually kind of nice.
I think I liked The Boy is Back the best, followed by The Boy Next Door (and with Every Boy’s Got One as the worst). But they’re all fun. A little dated in terms of politically correct terms, but I can’t hold that against them since they’re 15ish years old (I think). They also have some godawful covers. The early 2000s did not have good designers.