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October 30, 2011

Review: The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry - Juhina

The Next Door Boys
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc
Author: Jolene B. Perry
Publication date: October 4th, 2011
Genre(s): Young Adult (Romance)
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 272
My Rating★★★
With her body still recovering from last year's cancer treatments, Leigh Tressman is determined to be independent. Despite the interference from her overprotective brother, physical frustrations, and spiritual dilemmas— not to mention the ever expanding line of young men ready to fall in love with her— Leigh discovers what it actually means to stand on her own and learns that love can be found in unexpected but delightful places.

My Review:

This book was exactly what i needed to read. A well written story about a 20 year old cancer survivor that wants her independence by going to college, the catch? she has to move next door to her older brother, Jaron and his two roommates, Brian and Stuart. I really loved how the protagonist, Leigh. She is independent, optimistic and strong. I can relate that sometimes the need for independence could blind sight you in terms of what is best for you.

I liked the setting and plot of this book. I found it to be very realistic, that has always been a problem in many contemporary books, but this book didn't disappoint. Even though i was hesitant about reading this book at first, I've read how much religion is a part of this book but it honestly didn't bother me here. I have my own beliefs and I'm always interested in knowing about other religions.

I adored many of the characters, such as Brian, Julie, and Nathan. I always have a soft spot for kids so I found the moments of Nathan and Leigh to be so emotional and lovable, emotional because Leigh can't have kids (ovarian cancer), and lovable because of the sweetness of those two together! I always had a smile on my face when they were together.

I think the romance was also very believable, it wasn't the whole love at first sight, i can't live without you! unrealistic love. It was a slow build up, to what becme Leigh's true love.

I didn't know what to expect from "The Next Door Boys" when i started reading it but it definitely exceeded any expectations i might have had! this is a contemporary novel about hope, love, finding your self and coming to terms with what god has given you.


  1. This sounds like I book I would like. I'm adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the review =)

  2. @Amanda yes its a pretty great book! i really enjoyed it :)

    - juhina

  3. Great review! No wonder you've been tellng me to read it! Sounds great!!! :)

  4. My co-blogger reviewed this and she liked it. I heard there is may be a sequel

  5. There is a sequel :D
    It's at the publisher's now.
    Thanks SO much for taking the time to write a review on my book!!

  6. @Jolene omg a sequel?!! Now I'm excited!!!
    @Jess & crissy you guys should read it :)


  7. Wow this one sounds awesome! Surprisingly I've never heard of this one but I am totally adding it to my TBR list! The characters sound wonderful. Thanks for the engaging review :)

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  8. @jaskirat i know, this was kind of low key but i REALLY loved it! you should definitely read it soon =)

    - juhina

  9. I hadn't heard of this book before. Sounds like I need to add another contemporary to my TBR pile. A book about hope is just what I need right now.