Jared Reck

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

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<b>Get your tissues ready for this unrequited love story that's equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, John Green, and Jesse Andrews.</b> <br /> <b> </b> <br /> <i>Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it's different? You see that goofy grin a thousand times and just laugh. But goofy grin #1,001 nearly stops your heart? </i> <p></p> <i>Right. That sounds like a bad movie already.</i> <br /> <b> </b> <br /> Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can't tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis's English class. If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt's madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain. <p></p> But that's not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse. <p></p> After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant. <p></p> &quot;This story broke my heart and made me laugh and gave me hope--and really, <b>what more can you ask of a book</b> than that?&quot; --Jennifer E. Smith, author of <i>Windfall </i>and <i>The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight</i> <p></p> &quot;In the blink of an eye, <i>A Short History of the Girl Next Door</i> <b>goes from hilarious to haunting to harrowing to heartbreaking to hopeful and back</b>.&quot; --Jeff Zentner, award-winning author of <i>The Serpent King</i> and <i>Goodbye Days</i> <p></p> &quot; <b>Pair this with</b> . . . Jeff Zetner's <i>Goodbye Days</i> or <b>Adam Silvera's</b> <b>History is <i>All You Left Me</i>.</b>&quot;-- <i>Booklist</i> <p></p> &quot;Recommend this to readers who enjoyed Steven Levenson's <i><b>Dear Evan Hansen</b></i>.&quot;--VOYA

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Get your tissues ready for this unrequited love story that's equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, John Green, and Jesse Andrews.

Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it's different? You see that goofy grin a thousand times and just laugh. But goofy grin #1,001 nearly stops your heart?

Right. That sounds like a bad movie already.

Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can't tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis's English class. If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt's madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain.

But that's not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse.

After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

"This story broke my heart and made me laugh and gave me hope--and really, what more can you ask of a book than that?" --Jennifer E. Smith, author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

"In the blink of an eye, A Short History of the Girl Next Door goes from hilarious to haunting to harrowing to heartbreaking to hopeful and back." --Jeff Zentner, award-winning author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days

" Pair this with . . . Jeff Zetner's Goodbye Days or Adam Silvera's History is All You Left Me."-- Booklist

"Recommend this to readers who enjoyed Steven Levenson's Dear Evan Hansen."--VOYAGet your tissues ready for this unrequited love story that’s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, John Green, and Jesse Andrews.
 
Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it’s different? You see that goofy grin a thousand times and just laugh. But goofy grin #1,001 nearly stops your heart? 
 
Right. That sounds like a bad movie already.
 
Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’s English class. If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt’s madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain.
 
But that’s not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse. 
 
After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

“This story broke my heart and made me laugh and gave me hope—and really, what more can you ask of a book than that?” —Jennifer E. Smith, author of  Windfall and  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

“In the blink of an eye,  A Short History of the Girl Next Door  goes from hilarious to haunting to harrowing to heartbreaking to hopeful and back.” —Jeff Zentner, award-winning author of  The Serpent King and  Goodbye Days

" Pair this with . . . Jeff Zetner’s  Goodbye Days or Adam Silvera’s  History is All You Left Me."— Booklist

"Recommend this to readers who enjoyed Steven Levenson’s  Dear Evan Hansen."--VOYA

Specifications

Publisher
Random House Children's Books
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
272
Author
Jared Reck
ISBN-13
9781524716073
Publication Date
September, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.56 x 5.88 x 0.94 Inches
ISBN-10
1524716073

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I really dont know ho...

I really don't know how to start this review, other than it is everything! And I hope that this book gets the recognition and praise that it deserves! This is an outstanding debut and I am already looking forward to reading more by this author soon... A word of caution, be prepared for some major gushing and I apologize ahead of time if some things may not fully make sense - it's been 2 months since I've read this book, but it feels like I read it yesterday! The love I have for this story is strong... Told from a basketball-playing-poetic-big brother-best friend forever-teen boy, Matt's inner monologue is by far the truest psyche and temperament that I have ever seen in a book! Matt knows who he is and how he feels at all times, unfortunately, that doesn't all come out well whenever he tries to put it into words or actions, especially if he's upset or put on the spot. If he could, he would scream out to the world how much he adores his Tabby - his childhood best friend. So imagine how he feels when Tabby starts dating a guy named Liam, the guy that Matt is aspiring to be - the star player on the basketball team. Matt knows that Liam is a good guy, but feels threatened and unworthy and does not know how to deal with this new situation. He feels like he's lost Tabby already when she's clearly still there, but he just doesn't know how to deal with his emotions. But when an unexpected tragedy occurs and Matt's life is flipped upside-down, everything for Matt feels like a lie and unreachable. He doesn't know what to do except to act out and make things worse... This book has EVERYTHING you could ever want! The entire cast of characters is so wonderful, heartwarming and real! The author captures everyone's personality and delivers such genuine people - I can't express how wonderful it was to read such authentic personalities. The family dynamic, how they all relate and truly love each other. Matt's relationship with Tabby and Trip, how hard it is to be a teen boy nowadays, his true feelings for Tabby, his family and teachers; and then, how he deals with the shock of loss and finally seeing things in a bigger perspective and accepting that there is more than just what is in front of him... I can't say more or give specifics because I fear I may spoil important parts of the story. Just trust me when I say that every person, moment and feeling in this story is important and palpable! The writing is exquisite, insightful, beautiful... divine! And Matt's story will melt you and make you think twice about slowing down and appreciating every moment in your life, even the smallest ones. And how differently everyone deals with anger, loss, and grief. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good laugh and a tissue-worthy heartfelt story! *I received an ARC copy of this book for a book tour from the publisher and my honest review. All thoughts here are my honest opinion and words.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Oh goodness, Im not e...

Oh goodness, I'm not even sure how to approach this review. I made assumptions from the cover and short synopsis, but boy was I wrong. This read wasn't at all bright times, it was sad shades of grey with bursts of color. It was shadows with hints of sunlight. It was happiness with secrets and grief. Marty and Tabby are two of the most well wrote characters I've ever read about. They were developed in such an intricate manner and their relationship was one of a kind. They had a connection that went deeper than high school crushes. They leaned on, confided in, and loved one another. They grew up together and formed a bond like no other. Matt may have felt something different than she did, but both knew that what they had was quite special. The twist about 3/4 the way through left me a tad bewildered. I'm pretty sure I read those words and my jaw fell to the ground. I wanted it all to be a dream, but I learned to appreciate it. I saw the inspiration and growth laced within the words and I found myself more immersed in the unknown. I saw the story in a new light and found hope in tragedy. My initial thoughts were that this was a messy story with wild emotions and teenage jealousy, but looking back I see a rich story with deep characters and awesome life lessons. I definitely recommend it to readers of all ages and genders.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This realistic fiction...

This realistic fiction novel will have you smiling and crying. This novel didn't strike me as a novel middle school readers would embrace; to me, the story appeals more to ninth graders, so I am not ordering it. Matt and Tabby have been best friends since they were two years old. Tabby's mother left and her father needed help, so she's grown up across the road where Matt's family consider her family as well. Matt is in love with Tabby, but Tabby doesn't know. They are both freshmen at their high school, and Tabby has caught the eye of a senior basketball player. This development eats Matt up. He admires Liam and wants to play basketball with him to improve both their games, but he finds himself angry that Liam likes Tabby. He has no right to be dating a freshman as a senior and, besides, Tabby is HIS best friend and he knows her better than anyone. I was listening to this novel and laughed several times. It's interesting to read a male's point of view, written by a male. We women cannot possibly know what goes on in a teen boy's brain. I should warn you that if you find language offensive, you'll be offended a lot. The language isn't used gratuitously; it's very deliberate. When Matt's anger almost conquers him, his language reflects this problem in his life. I mentioned that I laughed several times; I almost cried several times as well. I love the relationship Matt has with his family, especially his grandfather. You'll need a kleenex with these scenes. If you liked Goodbye Days by Zetner, you'll like this as well. I do recommend it. Girls will read and enjoy it a lot, but a lot of males say it's hard to find a novel they embrace. This one is it.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I liked the story line...

I liked the story line but the excessive amount of foul language got in the way of my enjoyment of the story.

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

It took me a bit to ge...

It took me a bit to get through this book because it never grabbed me. The first part of the book, where Matthew is lusting over Tabby, his neighbor seemed a little trite and wasn't really going anywhere for me. However, about 2/3 of the way in, it picked up and was very interesting. I loved the last third of the book, and raised the rating from 2 stars to 3.


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