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    Top 10 of 2017: Best Surprise Reads of 2017


    Welcome to Day Three of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I hosted yesterday’s Day Two giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader will be hosting today’s Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway will be at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway will be at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Best Surprise Reads of 2017

    So it’s not one of the official topics for the challenge, and I would have gone with Contemporaries as I have so many favorites in that particular category, but I chose to pick “surprise reads” as there were so many wonderful and amazing and unexpected books that completely took me by surprise this past year.

    #1

    I expected this book to be sweet and sad but I never expected it to be as much of an emotional wringer as it was. I could not stop crying. It was written so incredibly well. It made me ache for the characters and their loss and guilt.


    THE LAST THING YOU SAID by Sara Biren – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #2

    I thought this was going to be a funny and lighthearted read because I was judging it by its cover and its title – which was why I’d added it to the TBR pile. And while I must have skimmed the description, I clearly missed the mention of “horrifying tragedy” which might have made this less of a surprise. But even still, I would have been surprised at just how sad and gorgeous and devastating a read this was.

    THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS 


    #3

    I was expecting a story akin to the film 50 First Dates, so this definitely caught me by surprise. And it has stuck with me long after the read. It was sad and hopeful and inspiring. And until I read this story I’d never heard of Svalbard, but ever since, I can’t stop hearing about it. And now I want to borrow some of Flora’s adventurous spirit and visit there myself.

    THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


    #4

    I’ll admit that I was intrigued by this story with its unassuming cover that actually says quite a bit. But I did not expect it to be as unique, beautifully written, or riveting as it was. It was such a surprise read and a very memorable tale.

    THE WOOD by Chelsea Bobulski – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS


    #5

    I did not expect this book. At all. I made some very wrong assumptions that this would be well-written but unemotional. It would have that voice that makes it an interesting read but not one that I would relate to or connect with. I was so, so wrong. It was brilliantly done. It is memorable and sweet and so very, very sad and beautiful. Such a unexpected surprise.

    A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jared Reck – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


    #6

    I expected certain things from this book – and those expectations were surpassed. But there were so many surprises that made this book a standout. I never expected it to make me think about the possibility that a windfall may not always be a great thing. I never expected the depth and complexity. It was a wonderful and sad and awesome surprise.

    WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSEGOODREADS


    #7

    I expected a road trip story. About a boy who was rethinking his choices in life, just before college. I also assumed it would be a man vs. nature tale. But this was so different and completely unexpected. Thought-provoking, haunting, bittersweet were never terms I would have used to describe this story until I read it. For lack of better words it was unusual and unique in all the best ways.

    WILDMAN by J.C. Geiger – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | DISNEY BOOKS | GOODREADS


    #8

    I loved the title so had made the assumption that this was going to be a (hopefully) captivating horror story. And that assumption was correct. But I did not expect so much of what happened. I did not expect the myth, the science, the religion. I did not expect the depth. I did not expect the mystery. I did not expect to be so impressed or surprised.

    HELLWORLD by Tom Leveen – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #9

    I incorrectly assumed that this was not my type of read but I wanted to try something new – “vibrant, fresh, edgy” books were not usually topping the TBR. But I did love the idea of the female graffiti artist and that this story would include illustrations. And I was totally wowed by it. Instantly caught up in the story. I could not put it down. I adored the main character. I fell madly in love with her story. Which was completely unexpected.


    YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE – Whitney Gardner – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


    #10

    I was very curious about this story, as it seemed to be so different from any book I’ve read format-wise. I’ve never read a graphic memoir, and haven’t read very many (if any) graphic novels that weren’t about super heroes and villains. I was so surprised that a story that was mostly told visually could say so much. I was so surprised at just how much emotion I could feel for the author’s plight as a young figure skater. I was not surprised that I loved the illustrations, but was so surprised at just how expressive they were. It was an emotional and beautiful and humorous and unexpected read.

    SPINNING by Tillie Walden – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLANGOODREADS


    There were a few other books I’ve read this year that had elements that surprised me, but as I expected to be wowed or amazed or even surprised, I have not included them here. And as I’m more than happy with the ten I chose, I’ve decided not to list any honorable mentions.


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    Top 10 of 2017: Best Books I’ve Read in 2017


    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I’ll be hosting tomorrow’s Day Two giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader will be hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway will be at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway will be at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Best Books I’ve Read in 2017

    While I haven’t read a ton of books this year, the ones that I’ve read have been pretty incredible. So it has not been easy to choose just ten. And ranking them has been even harder, but here they are…

    #1

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    Title & Series: BLACKSOULS (Blackhearts #2)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: April 11, 2017
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

    Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

    Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty, and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

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    #2

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    Title & Series: WAYFARER (Passenger #2)
    Author: Alexandra Bracken
    Release date: January 3, 2017
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    Pages: 544
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

    Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

    As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

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    #3


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    Title: THE LAST THING YOU SAID
    Author: Sara Biren
    Release date: April 4, 2017
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief.

    Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

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    #4

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    Title & Series: NOW I RISE (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)
    Author: Kiersten White
    Release date: June 27, 2017
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

    What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

    As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

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    #5

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    Title & Series: FROSTBLOOD (Frostblood Saga #1)
    Author: Elly Blake
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    Description…

    The Frost King will burn.

    Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

    Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

    Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies . . . but together create a power that could change everything.

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    #6

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    Title: THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH
    Author: Candace Ganger
    Release date: July 25, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Description…

    Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together, to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad. And to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything.

    But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy links Birdie and Bash together – yet neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall – hard – the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo.

    Told in alternating perspectives full of the best nerdy banter this side of Ohio, some seriously awesome skate moves, and the promise of a kiss destined to make the world stop turning, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash will break your heart and put it back together again.

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    #7


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    Title: LETTERS TO THE LOST
    Author: Brigid Kemmerer
    Release date: April 4, 2017
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

    Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

    When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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    #8

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    Title: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
    Author: Jared Reck
    Release date: September 26, 2017
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    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, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks.

    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.

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    #9

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    Title: HELLWORLD
    Author: Tom Leveen
    Release date: March 21, 2017
    Publisher: Simon Pulise
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Five years ago, Abby Booth’s mom, co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a ‘haunted’ cave in Arizona.

    Since then, Abby’s life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad’s deep depression and how they’ve drifted further and further apart.

    But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.

    With the help of the co-host’s son Charlie and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers…but what the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imagined.

    Abby was investigating a possible haunting… she never expected that there could be something worse.

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    #10

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    Title: WILDMAN
    Author: J.C. Geiger
    Release date: June 6, 2016
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Description…

    “How can a total stranger understand you better than the people you’ve known your entire life?”

    When Lance’s ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don’t panic. After all, he’s valedictorian of his class. First-chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks.

    But the locals don’t know that. They don’t even know his name. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.

    He’s ordering drinks at a roadhouse. Jumping a train. Talking to an intriguing older girl who is asking about his future. And what he really wants. As one day blurs into the next, Lance finds himself drifting farther from home and closer to a girl who makes him feel a way he’s never felt before—like himself.

    This debut novel by a remarkable new talent explores the relationship between identity and place, the power of being seen, and the speed at which a well-planned life can change forever.

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    Again this year I’ve opted not to do an honorable mentions list as I’m hoping to capture my other favorites on the “Best ____ of 2017” day… though that may end up having a few honorable mentions if I can’t capture them all.


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    A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: Pre-Pub Blog Tour Review

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    Title: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
    Author: Jared Reck
    Release date: September 26, 2017
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    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, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks.

    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.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is an unassuming title for a story that packs such a very large punch. It is sweet and funny and moving and heartbreaking. It introduces an authentic and relatable character with a wildly entertaining inner monologue. It is an intensely emotional, gut-wrenching read that will not be so easy to recover from.

    Matt Wainwright knows exactly when he fell in love with his lifelong best friend and neighbor, Tabby. If he were someone else, he probably would have told her how he felt. But he wasn’t confident enough or starry-eyed enough to think that things would work out like they did in the movies. And he didn’t want to risk losing his friend.

    But when Tabby starts dating Liam, he can feel her slipping away from him anyway. And instead of doing everything in his power to keep their friendship intact, he lets his insecurity, his jealousy, and his anger drive her away.

    To get Tabby back in his life he’d had to get over himself, bury his feelings, and just be a friend – things he should have done in the first place. Maybe if he had, he wouldn’t have lost all that time they could have spent together. A regret that didn’t seem so deep when he thought they had a lifetime of memories ahead of them, but felt bottomless when he learned there wouldn’t be any.

    Jared Reck’s debut is nothing short of brilliant. It is the perfect mix of light and weighty, heartwarming and devastating. The wry humor will make you laugh. The raw pain will destroy you. His character, Matt, will make you cringe at some of his bad decisions, chuckle at some of his poetic masterpieces, smile at just what he’s willing to do for his family, sigh when he gets in a mood and lets the expletives fly, ache for his loss, and sympathize with his plight.

    A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is a tragic, unrequited love story that promises to be a tearjerker. But it’s not all darkness and despair. Its amusing chapter titles, its likable main character, and its positively adorable moments throughout, infuse happiness and levity into this exceptionally well-written tragedy.

    It is clever, it is captivating, it is absolutely outstanding. And with much to think about and a few life lessons to learn from, it proves itself a meaningful story that is not to be forgotten.

    The Rating

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


    About Jared Reck

    Jared Reck is a debut author. He received a BA in English from Clemson University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership, and recently completed graduate coursework in McDaniel College’s Writing for Children & Young Adults program. He lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where he’s an eighth-grade Language Arts teacher. Learn more about Jared on Twitter at @ReckJ.

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