Book Review: The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot 2

the-boy-is-back-coverThe Boy Is Back

by Meg Cabot

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In this brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.

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.


My Rating:

4 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


Graham says the trick of wine tastings is to sip and spit.  But I never spit because spitting is disgusting and wine is delicious.  Who (besides Graham, and his wine-loving friends) is ever going to spit out something so lovely?  Not me.


He likes to go camping on weekends.  I make sure to tell him I have to work.  I don’t understand camping.  It’s organized inconvenience.


Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve been on a date?  I’m half-Hoosier, half-Japanese.  The only guys who ask me out here are the ones with fetishes.  And not the sexy kind.


My Review:


The Boy is Back was a clever and amusing story told mainly through texts and emails between stressed family members while dealing with their elderly parents, as well as with their friends and co-workers.  Poor Marshall was always at war with the autocorrect function on his phone, which much to his consternation would repeat the same over correction each time he attempted to express himself.  There also highly humorous, rambling, and tangential review and sales ads placed by two of the more unusual family members that revealed more personal information about the family than the items they were attempting to sell or review online.  And, as a reviewer, I couldn’t help noticing that the more bizarre and off topic the reviews and item descriptions were, the more helpful votes the reviews received – smirk.


As the story unraveled, it quickly became clear that the family dynamic was a comical train wreck.  Although the underlying plot of dealing with eccentric and elderly family members would seem a challenging topic and the level of dysfunction throughout this family was serious – the writing remained highly amusing and always entertaining.  My favorite aspect was the cute and witty banter between the returning son and his old high school sweetheart, whom he had left behind ten years prior.  The writing was insightful, clever, humorous, crisp, and well-paced.  I kept a near-constant smirk on my face and remained engaged with the story from the first page to the sweet and satisfying conclusion.

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About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her award-winning adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of bestselling young adult fiction, including The Princess Diaries and the Mediator series. More than twenty-five million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Find out more about Meg at her website, follow her blog, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

  1. Reply Heather J. @ TLC Oct 22,2016 1:36 pm

    I love the text and email format of this book. It is fun and different and I really enjoy that!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  2. Reply trish Oct 24,2016 10:54 am

    “Comical train wreck.” HA! My favorite families to read about. 😉

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