The Girl Next Door, by Selene Castrovilla, is amazing! It reminds me of a classic romantic teenage fairytale with an unexpected twist.
The story starts with Sam telling us about her childhood best friend, Jesse, his illness and the memories that they’ve had together. Jesse and Sam grow closer as Sam tries to make their friendship stay the same. But Jesse begins to question if Sam is in love with him or with the memories that they’ve shared. As Jesse gets weaker, Sam learns how to let him go. They eventually find a common ground and realize that they love each other no matter what.
This book made me cry as we went through both of the lives of Sam and Jesse and their relationships. This story is chilling and heartbreaking because it hits so close to home. Cancer. It makes us think about the gratifying risks that we take to save a loved one. I highly recommend this book.
I didn’t think the story moved too slowly. The beginning did have a lot of exposition, but it was needed in order to fully describe the situation.
The dialogue sounded too thought out, like the writer had been thinking about the way teens communicate and the way adults communicate with teens, but she didn’t get the “natural” effect that she was going for.
I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5.
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Until next time,