I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Much thanks to NetGalley, Xpresso Book Tours and Samantha Armsteong for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.
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“I imagined what my name would sound like on his lips so many times, but not once did I ever think it would sound that good.”
📖 Blurb via Goodreads 📖
Four p.m. spy sessions are the highlight of Mallory Taylor’s day. Observing the boy next door—one with a body and an attitude to match—has her perched beside her window so often it can’t be healthy.
When she finally convinces her mom to let her go to public school, Mallory comes face to face with her neighbor, Troy Parker. And he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. His rejection awakens a newfound tenacity and maybe even a touch of recklessness. But when Troy starts to show up when she needs him the most, Mallory can’t help but wonder if there’s more to him than he’s let on.
Taking chances, breaking rules, and following her heart is all new to Mallory. And no one warned her just how fickle hearts can be. When she discovers that Troy isn’t at all the guy she imagined him to be, secrets rise to the surface that will change her life forever.
*This is a standalone mature YA/new adult contemporary romance.
🖋About the Author: Samantha Armstrong
Samantha Armstrong’s novels incorporate all of the feels—from swoon-worthy heroes to sweet-but-mostly-sassy heroines, quirk and laughter to emotional grit and panty melting-heat. She has written in multiple genres, but never strays far from romance.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Samantha prefers to be tucked away writing whenever she can — or, rather, whenever her adorable yet demanding baby boy allows.
📚 Series: No
📚 Genre: New Adult : Romance
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Spying/stalking. Descriptions of injuries/blood. Panic attacks.
⚠ Read if: you are into cheesy and cliche reads.
I Spy The Boy Next Door is about Mallory Taylor, a homeschooled girl who has a 5-year long crush with Troy Parker, the bad boy living next door. She is finally allowed to attend highschool because she is now 18, and to her surprise, Troy also attends there and is actually there in one of her classes.
This is a light and easy romantic read, with all the clichès that I was addicted to when I was 14 to 16, basically 10 years ago. Bad boy meets clueless-virgin-turning-wild-child.
A few pieces of freedom and she’s lying to her parents, sneaking out, partying, watching underground boxing and even letting a boy sneak up to her room.
I hated all the cliches. I hated sleep-stalking a la Edward Cullen and just barging into her room without consent. I hated lines like this:
There was just so much blood, and before I knew it, I was on the ground. . . and in his arms. SCORE! Maybe having panic attacks and getting nauseous at the sight of blood isn’t such a bad thing.
I never would’ve thought the help I would need would come from a gay guy and a chick as blunt as they come.
A redeeming part would be the plot twist toward the end, I guess.
Still, it is an okay read, I’m sure many would find it great. Also still looking forward to author’s future works.
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
🌻 Support Characters:⭐⭐
🌻 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Character Development:⭐
🌻 Page Turner:⭐⭐
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁FINAL VERDICT: 2.45/5 ☁
This review is also posted on my Not Again, Nicole blog.
▶ First impression ◀
I’m at 4% and already dread reading this. This reads like a low rated Wattpad novel. (Sorry, Wattpad lovers.) I hope this gets better at around 30% or I am quitting.
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