Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review~Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot

Title: Boy Meets Girl
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: Boy #2
Publisher: Pan
Pub Date: June 2nd 2004
Format: Paperback
Pages: 383
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Adult, Humor

Synopsis: Meet Kate MacKenzie...idealistic office worker, reluctant deliverer of termination notices and queen of instant messaging. As sweet as sugar. Meet Mitch Hertzog...ever-smiling corporate lawyer, defender of the downtrodden and king of aborted dinner dates. Good enough to eat. Meet Ida Lopez...cake, cookie and pastry-maker extraordinaire, purveyor of the dessert trolley and goddess of all things mouth-wateringly yummy. As nice as pie. Together they must battle tyrants and despots to find truth, justice and the perfect double fudge pudding.

Rating: 8.5/10
Source: Bought.

Cover Talk: I really like the cover! It's cute and has my favorite colors, pink and blue. I love the New York scene below and the starry sky above. I like the font too. Overall, it's a really nice cover and fits the book perfectly.

My Thoughts: I liked this book more than I would have had I read it some other time. It was perfect for me right now because I was in the mood of a quick, light read. Boy Meets Girl was exactly that and I enjoyed it a lot.

Story: The story is very very realistic. Not the case part, I don't know how that works in America. But the characters and how they acted. The work place and the people there. That part was very true. Yes, some things were exaggerated a bit. But it was fun to read. Of course the ending was a happy one, which is something that does not happen in real life. But I was satisfied because if not real life then at least we get a happy ending in fiction.

Writing: It was refreshing to read this book. It was written in the form of emails and diary entries, etc. Yes, it did not let you get involved with the protagonist much but I wasn't looking for that connection. So I found it perfect! I was able to relate to Kate without getting invested too much and this format was very fun to read. It made the story feel more... real.

Characters: As I mentioned before, Kate was very relatable for me. I think, out of all the books I've read so far, Kate was the character who felt most like myself. Which is weird because she is 7 years older than me. But I couldn't help but feel like that would be me when I will be 25. I don't want to be jobless and homeless but how Kate rambles on and her ideas and thoughts and feelings are very much like mine. I could see a lot of myself in her and felt like I would've made the same decisions she did if I were in her place. She wasn't very good with her conversation skills, she was too nice to everyone, she doubted herself, she wanted to make a difference in the world, all of these traits matched mine. So I really did feel a connection to Kate.

I have seen so many people like Amy, she was really spot-on! My mom, who is very poor in workplace politics, has been fired because of people like Amy numerous times! I felt so angry at Amy but it also made me feel so helpless because even though in the book she got what was coming to her, in real life that hardly ever happens. Clever (and mean) people like her usually succeed. Which makes me very frustrated. Same with Stuart. I hated him (and his mother) and I've seen people like him and I hate them too but they continue to be happy while making others' lives miserable and you can't even do anything.

Mitch. Well first of all I really don't like the name Mitch/Mitchell. But other than that, Mitch was pretty cool and I really liked him. I liked his relationship with his sister, Stacy, and he was a good brother to Sean. I didn't really feel any connection to him as a character but he seems like the kind of person I would have admired if I had met him in real life.

Other minor characters were good too. Kate's best friend, Jen, was very much like my best friend and the way they talked was very much like how we talk. She was a good friend and a likeable character. Dolly was nice too. And funny. Oh poor Skiboy! And Dale, oh poor Dale! I don't see how Kate ever dated him!

Overall: I really enjoyed this book. It was a light, funny, quick read and helped me relax. So if you are in the mood of that kind of a chick-lit book then I would highly recommend Boy Meets Girl.

About The Author:

Meg Cabot (born Meggin Patricia Cabot on February 1, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana, United States) is an American author of romantic and paranormal fiction for teens and adults and used to write under several pen names, but now writes exclusively under her real name, Meg Cabot. She has written and published over fifty books, and is best known for The Princess Diaries, later made by Walt Disney Pictures into two feature films of the same name. Meg's books have been the recipients of numerous awards, including the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, the American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, the Tennessee Volunteer State TASL Book Award, the Book Sense Pick, the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, the IRA/CBC Young Adult Choice – as well as many others (see awards section for specific book wins). She has had numerous No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. Cabot has more than fifteen million copies of her books—children's, young adult, and adult—in print worldwide.

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