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A Story of 'Boy Meets Girl'
Boy Meets Girl - Meg Cabot
Member Name: joshuas-mummy
Boy Meets Girl - Meg Cabot
Advantages: Fun, easy going and funny
Meg Cabot is one of those writers who everyone assumes only writes young adult books. This is entirely incorrect and yes, although she is best known for her world famous 'The Princess Diaries' novels aimed at girls of school age she is also a brilliant writer of adult novels too.
I first found out about her adult novels a few years ago and swiftly read all three (as their were only three at that point) in quick sucsession. Recently after feeling the need to have a bit of chill-out time in the evnings I decided a good book was in order. I searched online and although I've reda 'Boy Meets Girl' before, twice if my memory serves me correctly-I can't actually remember it's details but can remember how much I enjoyed reading it. With that I managed to find a copy in great condition on ebay for less than £1 and within a few days it had arrived on my doorstep.
'Boy Meets Girl' is a typical chick-lit novel. It's funny and witty and heart warming too and it's got that spin on things that only Meg Cabot can do. When we first start the book we are quickly given the basic background information on Kate MacKenzie, the main character. She's a mid twenties Human Resource rep originally from Kentucky, USA. She moved to New York after her college years to work in social care but quickly realised there was too much need and not enough help to go round and moved to the HR department of one of the cities biggest news tabloids-The New York Journal. From the beginning we are told that Kate is currently living on her best friend's coach. Her best friend Jen and Craig are giving her a place to stay since her boyfriend of ten years (named Dale) decided he couldn't commit to Kate for the rest of his life, although he does want to be with her at the present.
The whole book is written quite differently to many other novels of this genre. It's not all in standard prose but the whole thing is delivered in the form of emails, journal entries, letters, cards, transcripts etc. This was a whole new way of reading a book to me and actually worked fantastically well. What I feel this allows is the ability for Cabot to really create strong personalities of her characters while also leaving the reader to be able to picture an image of the characters appearance on their own. I quite liked this because it meant that my image of Kate, Jen etc could be very different to the next readers but it still works. I liked being able to use my imagination a little as a reader rather than having every minute detail of dress, appearance etc mapped out. Cabot uses tones of each charcter through their emails, letters etc to one another in order to give us a detailed glimpse of their personality traits which without would have meant the whole book wouldn't have worked. Overall I was really happy with this new take on chick-lit.
As the plot pregresses we realise that the whole story is based upon Kate's ability to find love without expecting it, as most 'boy meets girl' (pardon the pun!) stories are! On the way we met an entire family who become secondar main characters-The Hertzogs. Mitch is the friendly lawyer who wants to do good, Stuart is the arrogant and obnoxious older sibling, Stacy is the oldest daughter and very witty, Janice is the youngest of the four and currently in college and then there are Margaret and Arnold the parents of the brood. Amoungst these characters and others like the lovable Dolly Vargos who is the style editor at the Journal, and Amy Jenkins the she-devil boss of Jen and Kate there is a real sense of strong personality for each. Cabot has been very clever in creating characters we can relate to whether loveable or hateable which allows us as the reader to relate certain situations to our own lives which always helps it seem realistic.
Throughout the books 383 pages there are plenty of humourous moments that will actually having you laughing out loud for example when Little John (son of Stacy and nephew of Mitch) says his first full sentence which is far from polite as he learned it froma family feud! It has that 'Meet The Parents' style effect as you read and can't help but laugh out loud! I had my partner asking what was so funny!
As well as the humour there are plenty of heartwarming moments between the characters in the middle between Jen and Kate as lifelong best friends their friendship and love is very warming and by the end new character relationships have developed which although very predictable, also still utterly romantic and enjoyable!
I would give this book a great five out of five stars! I love reading and am quite picky with books and due to the huge volume of chick-lit novels about I tend to be very critical when I read different ones. I can't really fault this though. It's funny and entertaing and utterly gripping. I have to admit I had read it cover to cover within three evenings as it's impossible to ignore once you get going. However due to the way it's written (through the emails etc) when you do need to put the book down it's very easy to find places to pause as the frequency of change is high. However finding a reason to want to stop reading is totally more difficult!
Although predictable and you can see the ending character relationships coming a mile off, the plot does have little twists that keep you glued to the pages which means you aren't braindead by the end either! It's well worth a read if you want something to warm your bones without you needed to use your brain too much!
Totally enjoyable and utterly recommended!
Summary: Very lovely and girlie