The Short History of the Girl Next Door

From the jacket:

“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 basketball court, even though no one cares about the JV 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 cantankerous 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 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, spiraling out of control and in danger of 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.”


I went into this book pretty blind, only knowing the inside flap and not having heard of it otherwise. I was immediately drawn in by the snarky and honest voice our narrator has. This book is technically YA and I think that made me love it even more. Reck puts into words the thoughts so many of us have undoubtedly had as an unsure teenager trying to navigate the social norms and despair of high school. I felt like I was living in Matt’s head the entire time which was such as satisfying experience as a reader.

The one caveat I will give to more sensitive readers is that this book uses a LOT of language and if you are not a fan of the F word, this probably won’t be for you. I loved Matt and Tabby enough to overlook it but I do wish the author had been a BIT more sparing with the cursing.


I finished this book with a smile on my face while tears were streaming down. It was sweet and sad and so very brutally honest. I thought Matt was endearing and candid and I was totally drawn into this story. I think some might argue this book is not totally realistic to which I would respond that it’s young adult and I’m okay with that. Even if it might not be the most accurate or lifelike, if it can make me feel something – I’m sold. I was willing to suspend disbelief and this book left me with a LOT of feelings. After reading, I saw this book compared to Looking for Alaska. I will say that I enjoyed this book MUCH more. I can’t wait to pass this along to my friends who teach high schoolers to hear what they think.

I wouldn’t have found this book if it weren’t for Blogging for Books. Thank you for this free copy in exchange for an honest review.

November Wrap Up

Happy December 1st! I can't believe it's already December. I'm so excited for Christmas but feeling a little nostalgic that the year is already ending. I won't lie, my days feel pretty monotonous sometimes, but I look back and see just how good this year has been. Cue all of my sentimental feelings about the end of a calendar year. 

This month I've gotten into a new routine of actually leaving the speech room for lunch. I have a few co-workers who also like to read during their lunch break so it's been nice to have some camaraderie in that. Overall, I finished seven books this month! Two historical fiction, two middle grade, one magical realism, and two contemporary fiction. It was a wonderful month of reading and I'm eager to round out 2017 with some incredible books. 


Not pictured are I Was Anastasia (currently being loaned out) and The Alice Network (library book).

I absolutely loved Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance and was so fascinated with I Was Anasastia. If you like magical realism or historical fiction, definitely add them to your list! Many thanks to Flatiron Books, Doubleday Books, Berkley Publishing, and Ruth Emmie Lang for sending books my way! 

What was the best thing you read this month? Anything I should definitely try to read in December? Happy reading everyone! 






Book of the Month

If you've been following my book account on Instagram, I think you'll know how much I love Book of the Month. I was introduced after winning a giveaway this summer and now I'm HOOKED. I look forward to the beginning of the month so much more knowing that the new selections will be revealed. It saves money on new books and it really is like Christmas each time my box arrives. This post is not sponsored by BOTM in any way, I just love it THAT much. 


Happy reading!

Summer Reading Wrap Up

I've officially started back to work and as embarrassing as it is, I'm a little wiped after two days. It was a fantastic summer filled with just enough structure working part time, a trip to Mexico, and lots and lots of reading. I also made an instagram account specifically for books which has been the most fun experience ever. You can find me here. My goodreads goal is 70% complete thanks in part to summer reading and was able to finish 14 books on my break. Here are a few of them. 

My final list for summer included:

1. Insurgent
2. Exit West
3. Allegiant
4. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
5. Talking As Fast As I Can
6. The Hate U Give
7. The Happiness Project
8. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
9. Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore
10. In The Woods
11. Crazy Rich Asians
12. Goodbye, Vitamin
13. This Is How It Always Is
14. Behind Her Eyes

Favorites included The Hate U Give, Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore, and This Is How It Always Is. I hardcore struggled to finish The Happiness Project and In The Woods.I still like the more serious books and struggle with picking lighter summer books but really no surprises there. 

What was the best book you read this summer? You know I love chatting books!