A Short History of the Girl Next Door

A Short History of the Girl Next Door The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny yet heart breaking debut novel Fifteen year old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil He can t tell his lifelong best frien

  • Title: A Short History of the Girl Next Door
  • Author: Jared Reck
  • ISBN: 9781524716073
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart breaking debut novel.Fifteen year old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil He can t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in EnglishThe unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart breaking debut novel.Fifteen year old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil He can t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all around great guy Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough but, as Matt soon discovers, he s close to losing everything that matters most to him.

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    1. This is one that I have no clue how to rate.I do have to admit that part of it may be the fact that I was stupid enough to read some reviews before I read this one and I got spoiled. DON'T DO THAT. This one has to be read without knowing anything about the plot twists.I also probably would have given this a million stars if I had read it a few years ago.Why didn't I? It felt too short and choppy. I felt like it tried TOO hard with the readers emotions without giving us enough about the character [...]

    2. What I learned from this book: unrequited love stories are not for readers like me who root for the underdogs. Also, they can be extremely sad. While this is an engaging and humorous enough story, Matt’s unrequited romantic feelings for his neighbour that he keeps concealed made it impossible for me to imagine Matt and Tabby together.Because it was obvious Tabby cared deeply for Matt, seeing that he was her best friend, but she was in love with another boy. And yet, Matt still hoped that somed [...]

    3. This book made me cry actual tears out of my own eyeholes. And I'm a heartless monster. That is all . . . .Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    4. Grab your tissues!!! A truly a fantastic book!! Going into it figured I’d read another cute young adult book, I was WRONG!! I was completely blown away, COMPLETELY!! The thoughts that went through Matt’s head were honest, vivid, endearing, candid, and raw. Loved it!!! This review isn’t doing any justice to this book, a must read!!

    5. I may be biased, as I am his literary agentbut I could not stop laughing and crying and hugging my laptop, because this book is that great.

    6. Quick read that is funny and very emotional. The bitterness of unrequited love does not escape any of us does it? Really this story can be described in three words: beautiful, funny, and heartbreaking.

    7. This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.This book really got to me. I mean there were tears with this one. Real tears! I almost never shed tears over books but this one got through my shield. I didn't really know a lot about this book going in. I saw the book offered on Blogging for Books and decided to give it a try without reading any reviews for it. I ended up really enjoying Matt's story.Matt and Tabby have always been together. Tabby lives just across the street from [...]

    8. “There’s a fine line between laughter and pain. And I think, sometimes, it’s the only thing you can do with your pain. Sometimes things suck so bad that you just have to laugh at it.”A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck is a sweet, hilarious, emotional read. A book that introduces readers to a full cast of characters you can’t help but fall in love with. They all made me laugh and tear up. But Matt. *places hand over heart* You have to meet Matty.Matt Wainwright has such [...]

    9. "I don't know what the point of all this isere are times where there can't possibly be a point. Others, it's like the stars have lined themselves up just for youI decided, however long I get, if I can spend time with the people I love, I don't really care what the point is."This book sucker-punched me right in the feels and brought me back to a very vivid time in my life. The writing is real and raw and worthy of your time. Full RTC.

    10. This heartfelt and funny story of love, friendship, and family broke my heart, but was terribly lovely. I have a physical book hangover from all the crying, but I loved all the moments I shared with Matt. I finished this book back in September, but I still don't think I will be able to properly articulate how wonderful and painful this book was. This book was such a gut punch, I actually suggested that the book was written by Jared WReck, because he wrecked my heart! My feelings about this book [...]

    11. The Short History of the Girl Next Door was my most anticipated release of 2017, and I am very happy to say that it did not disappoint. Sometimes you just know a book is going to be special. We follow a 15-year-old boy named Matt who is in love with his neighbour and best friend Tabby. Unfortunately for Matt, Tabby's caught the eye of a very popular senior, Liam Branson. While I like the synopsis has on the website, I highly recommend not reading the one on the book (spoilers!).I was able to re [...]

    12. Finally finished this!As I said in a reading update, I am usually all about the quiet, character-driven contemporary stories. But for a good amount of time reading this, I thought it might be too quiet for me.Matt is secretly in love with his neighbor, Tabby. They've been friends for years, and suddenly she's dating an upperclassman and he's feeling jealous and unsettled. Matt also loves basketball and dreams of making the varsity team. A huge part of the book is just slice-of-life, with Matt pi [...]

    13. I'll be extremely honest and tell you that, about a third of the way through this story, I wasn't quite sure how I felt about this story. But it surprised me - in a good way! Despite the fact that I'm not much for basketball, and that there were things in this one that made me squint my eyes a bit at the page, I still thought it was an interesting take on moments in Matt's life. There's a hint of life lesson vibes by the end, but I actually liked that a lot too.

    14. DNF @ Page 50As of right now, I'll be DNFing this one. Unfortunately, I just wasn't jiving with this story. My mind kept wandering while I was reading and I was unable to connect to the characters and stay focused on the story.At the moment, I can't really tell if it was because I just wasn't in the mood for this genre, but I do usually really enjoy contemporaries. I may try to come back to this one at some point, but probably not any time in the near future.Update: Sept 27. 2017I tried reading [...]

    15. Well, I cried, so well done, book, well done. You made a non book crier shed a few tears because you hit so ridiculously hard in the feels. Only issue I had with this book: the slow beginning. Had I not known that there was going to a bit kind of twist that had me laughing one minute to crying to another, this book might have been another kind of rating. Don't get me wrong: the beginning was enjoyable, and it is the perfect way to set up the story. However, it feltwell, a little too contemporary [...]

    16. “It’s our memories that make us who we are - those moments that for whatever reason, big or small, stick in our brains, that make up our stories.”Well, that was a bit disappointing. I was excited for this book because it has all the makings of things I love in contemporaries: friendship, crushes, lots of cute moments, but this just did not work out for me. A Short History of the Girl Next Door follows basketball obsessed freshman Matty as he deals with secretly loving his best friend Tabby [...]

    17. **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: bookbriefs**A Short History of the Girl Next Door is a standalone young adult novel by Jared Reck. This book totally wrecked me. It was completely unexpected, in such a good way. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is so different than the books I normally read, and I am so so glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone because this book was an emotional journey that I absolutely loved. I typically read pretty happy books, so even whe [...]

    18. A Short History of the Girl Next Door made me cry and laugh and cry some moreuntil all the words were gone and I was left wanting more from Jared Reck. This unrequited love story takes an honest and unflinching look at the missed opportunities that can haunt us, especially at an age when love can be so confusing and each choice seem paramount. It will make you want to seize the day, spend time with the ones you love and eat all the Nerds.

    19. In my opinion, this book is one of the best coming-of-age stories of the year or even since The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I can't give much away on why it is so amazing, because it would ruin the plot of the story. A plot that is very well hidden by Jared Reck. I knew something was going to happen by the synopsis on the cover, but what exactly did happen left me crying big, ugly tears. First let me start by saying that this book is light and wonderful, but will also break your heart into tiny [...]

    20. "Fiercely funny and heartbreaking" is the pitch for the book and it is spot on. I laughed, and then I spent the second half of this one crying my stupid eyes out. It reminded me a bit of Stupid Fast which is one of my favorite YA titles. But what I loved most about this book -- aside from Matt's excellent voice and his clear love for Tabby -- is that this is a story about a boy coming to learn that he doesn't get to dictate or control anyone else's life.cially not the girl he grew up with and ha [...]

    21. Ugh. Why was I surprised that this book broke my heart when the word "heartbreaking" was literally in the synopsis?? I'm not sure what I was expecting but it was totally not this. There was a lot of pining and basketball and then WHAM. Ugh x 2. I don't know what to say but this was a really incredibly solid debut.

    22. I must say that when I started reading this book, I had no intention of crying. I failed horribly.At first glance, this book appears to be just another typical YA romance, but it's so much more than that. It's an honest look at a teenager's life, relationships, and the grieving process. There's romance and humor, but then something happens that changes everything. The plot twist hit me upside the head. I didn't see it coming. I didn't read the synopsis (on purpose), so it's probably my own fault [...]

    23. I thought this would be a light book, considering the title. I thought him obsessing over basketball would be the most annoying part of the book. It's not. That's one reason why I don't read works by male authors very often. The other reason is that they have to create situations so they can be in 'man pain' and we can watch as the characters go through hell.No. I didn't sign up for this shit. This book took a sharp turn off the road just for that 'man pain' actor and I HATE that. There was no d [...]

    24. A real gut punch, this one. Following Matt Wainwright around will have you laughing one second and wanting to punch someone the next. He's just so REAL and his emotions are so raw, you can't help but feel exactly what he's feeling, exactly how he's feeling it. From his sentiments on being strong-armed into a "mama bird" costume for Halloween by the combined efforts of his four-year-old brother's adorableness and his mom's guilt tripping, to his untamed fury in the face of devastation, Matt just [...]

    25. My mom says a book that makes you cry is a good book. Going into it. I didn't know much about it. Just that it's a story of unrequited love. And I thought that's all this was going to be. In the start it was hilarious at times and it made me feel for Matt. Cause it's just such a relatable situation loving someone knowing they don't feel way the same way about you but having this tiny voice inside that says they might one day. It sucks. And it's barely in the books or anything. So this was differ [...]

    26. Well written and I really appreciated the humor. I finished it basically in a day. The plot twist. Dang. I'm always pleased when I can't predict the ending so bravo. Well deserving of five stars!

    27. Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews!I knew when I heard about A Short History of the Girl Next Door that I needed to read it. I love dynamics where in guys and girls are best friends (mostly because that's not something I've ever experienced in real life and as always, I treasure experience through books) and particularly love when one of them is feeling a little bit something more. Matt and Tabby's story, however, took me by surprise as it felt very different from most unrequited love stor [...]

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