Series: The Boy #4
Published by William Morrow & Company on October 18, 2016
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary (adult)
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"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." ~Goodreads
I’ve loved reading Meg Cabot books since I was 13, but it’s just been this past year that I’ve started getting into her adult fiction. And The Boy Is Back didn’t disappoint! Thanks so much to Lauren from Bookmark Lit for including it as part of my Secret Santa gift!
5 Reasons to Read The Boy Is Back
The Quips – This book was pretty hilarious in general, but a lot of that was because Reed had so many quick quips and a lot of them where feminist gems of awesomeness. I loved seeing a male love interest that came off so put together and caring whether it was about his niece having the right to wear whatever she wants or putting others in their place for saying something that was slightly sexist.
The Family Struggles – Seeing parents or grandparents get old and do crazy stuff with their money and lifestyle can be equal parts heart-wrenching and frustrating, and I feel like it’s a struggle that many experience at some point in their life either as the kid who has to clean up the mess that their parents make, or as the parent. I definitely saw it happen with my grandparents, and it’s something that I worry about with my own parents as they get older.
The Format – This book is told via emails, texts, online reviews, and a blessings journal. I’ve loved reading books like this in the past, but I feel like this might be the first time I’ve seen it in adult fiction, and I really enjoyed it. Sometimes with books the im-ing can feel a little out of touch or too ridiculous with all the abbreviations, but I didn’t feel that way at all with this format.
The Sibling Relationships – The sister dynamics between Becky and Nicole, especially the back and forth banter and nagging, was a lot of fun to read. But I also liked seeing Marshall, Reed, and Trimble’s interactions, especially since there were sibling-in-laws involved. Carly, Marshall’s wife, was definitely one of my favorite characters because she’s just watching all this crap go down with Reed’s parents, and is the first one to step up and start addressing the problem.
The Small Town Hijinks – Everything takes place is this cute little town where everyone knows each others business and everyone pretty much has their own small business or works in town. There are quirky characters like Becky’s mom who boycotts another restaurant in town, and Reed’s parents who get up to all kinds of mischief inside and outside their house.