The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark | Review

Description from Goodreads:
Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls — lots of other girls.

Gabe can’t imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

My feelings towards The Boy Next Door were very much a roller coaster, one minute I was loving it and the next I was left feeling disappointed. The Boy Next Door was featured in my First Impression Friday, which you can check out here.
I never really fell for Gabe, so it was mainly during his chapters that I wasn’t feeling it. He was nice enough, but ask any teacher and they’d tell you to go and grab a thesaurus and find a better word. 
So maybe I didn’t love Gabe, but the ice skating? Got to say I loved it! I always watch the figure skating whenever it’s on the TV and especially during the Olympics, so I was reading The Boy Next Door reminiscing over my childhood dream of becoming a figure skater. Sad to say it’s not a dream that was meant to be. 
I really liked Mad, she’s determined and focussed on her dream of becoming a figure skating champion, and which also happens to be a relationship with Gabe both on and off the ice. She really had to persevere to win Gabe over to her way of thinking, not because he didn’t like her in that way, but because he didn’t want to ruin their partnership. I can’t make my mind up whether I think this is sweet or selfish.
I actually felt quite sorry for Mad, she had a lot going on in her life, lots of things to think about and process, not to mention worry about! Gabe was a good friend to Maddy, and I think redeemed himself a little bit in that way. 
The Boy Next Door was an enjoyable YA romance. The figure skating backdrop to the novel was definitely interesting and not something I can say I’ve read before! Have you read The Boy Next Door? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
‘The Boy Next Door’ by Katie Van Ark
4 Stars

Monthly Wrap Up | January 2015

Yet again my list of books I’ve read over the past month isn’t impressive. That’s what placement and nights full of planning will do to your reading life! Here’s the run down of the books that kept me company in January! As always, click the picture to read my review.

What I’ve Read

I Need You by Jane Lark

Standing By by Claudia Y. Burgoa

All I Want by J. Daniels

Currently Reading

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
I suppose it’s rather embarrassing that Girl Online is sat under the Currently Reading heading a month on, and what’s even sadder is that I have got no further along. My train ticket is still marking page 217, waiting for my return. I don’t even know why, I actually like the book and I was really enjoying it during the Christmas break. I’ll definitely aim to finish it in February! I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll finish The Boy Next Door, in fact I think it will be pretty imminent. Reviews for both books will be posted when I finish them!

So they’re the books that kept me company during January! Let me know in the comments what you’ve been reading, I’d love to know!

First Impression Friday | The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature that I created. I’ve been finding that my opinion on a book changes a lot from when I first start reading to completion so I thought it would be really interesting to document this, and get your opinions while I do! If you want to join in link your First Impression Friday review in the Linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

I’m a huge lover of YA, that and the 2015 Contemporary Challenge were all I needed to purchase The Boy Next Door and start reading!

The Boy Next Door alternates between the POV’s of Mad and Gabe, and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you’ll know that I’m a fan of split narratives, so bonus points for Katie Van Ark! Mad and Gabe are a figure skating duo, and I’ll be honest, some of the technical language is completely lost on me. I watched Ice Princess religiously when I was younger, and The Boy Next Door is definitely bringing back memories of that film and my love for it, although it clearly didn’t prepare me for the technical language barriers. This isn’t a huge deal though, it just requires a spot of Googling now and then.

Now for the characters, I’m really liking Mad, she’s sweet and desperate for Gabe to commit publicly to their relationship. Gabe has issues with this and he’s keeping the relationship secret. At the moment I’m definitely siding with Mad. Gabe needs to man up and commit before Mad leaves him and his shot at a career in skating behind.

I’m enjoying Katie Van Ark’s writing style, a big must if I want to enjoy a book! The only issue I am having with it is that a lot of stuff goes unsaid. Now, I’m reading this book at stupid o’clock in the morning on the train and as I travel home, exhausted. This means that I need it to be explicit, no hints in the narrative that I’ve got to pick up on. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Other than that one teeny tiny thing I’m enjoying The Boy Next Door and I can wait to find out what happens! I really want to find out how they resolve their relationship problems. What book are you currently reading? Link your review below!