Book Reviews

The Boy Is Back – Meg Cabot (Book Review)

//I received a physical ARC of this book from HarperCollins India. That in no way affects my opinion of this book.


Title : The Boy Is Back

Author : Meg Cabot

Genre : Adult Contemporary, Chick-lit

Series : Boy #4

Released on : 18th October, 2016


Goodreads Summary :

One post. That’s all it took to destroy the care free, glamorous life of pro golfer Reed Stewart. One tiny post on the Internet.

Then again, it’s not like Reed’s been winning many tournaments lately, and his uncle isn’t the only one who says it’s because of the unfinished business he left behind back home in Bloomville, Indiana—namely Reed’s father, the Honorable Judge Richard P. Stewart, and the only girl Reed ever loved, Becky Flowers.

But Reed hasn’t spoken to either his father or Becky in over a decade.

Until that post on the Internet. Suddenly, Reed’s family has become a national laughingstock, his publicist won’t stop calling, his siblings are begging for help, and Reed realizes he has no other choice: He’s got to go home to face his past . . . the Judge and the girl he left behind.

Becky’s worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed—which hasn’t been easy, considering he’s their hometown’s golden boy, and all anyone ever talks about. It was fine while they were thousands of miles apart, but now he’s back in Bloomville. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him—until his family hires her to help save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another…or the memories of that one fateful night.

Can the quirky residents of Bloomville bring these two young people back together, or will Reed and Becky continue to allow their pasts to deny them the future they deserve?

Non-Spoilery Thoughts

This is the kind of book you can pick up after a heavy, dense book and rest assured that the lightness, fluff and easiness of this book will ward away any of the tiredness you might have from the previous one. I picked this book up after battling with A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and ATOTC being my first Dickens novel, that was a task. Even though I loved the book, especially the third part of the novel, reading it was pretty tiresome I’m not gonna lie. The Boy Is Back was a breath of fresh air and it was only for that reason that I ended up enjoying it even a little bit.

You pretty much know how this book is going to end by reading the summary on the book. There are no surprises in here, there are no twists or shocks or ‘oh my god’ moments. It was a plain, predictable, somewhat clichéd story which doesn’t really have a point, or a moral, or anything special to offer to the story. It’s just a ‘meh’ story but like I said, it’s an easy, light super-quick read and absolutely perfect to read after something dense.

The story follows Reed who leaves behind his high-school girlfriend Becky in their hometown and never contacts her for ten years; when something happens and brings him back to the town, Reed and Becky are forced to cross their paths. What happens next?! Read The Boy Is Back to find out.

The entire novel is written in a peculiar, albeit different format – text messages, emails, newspaper clippings, journal entires and online reviews! Now, writing the book in this format had both its pros and cons. Firstly, it’s an interesting format of writing, and honestly, had the book been written in the traditional sense, it would have been way too boring. The different format actually added something new to the writing.

Now for the cons of the format : the characters were pretty much cardboard characters. I could probably use one word each to describe them all, and then I’d be at a loss as to what more to say. They were really generic, basic and nothing really stood out about any of them. Some of them were even borderline irritating – and just so bland. 

Another problem with writing the entirety (almost 90% ) of the book in the form of text messages and emails (and the rest 10% being journal entries, newspaper clippings etc) was how ridiculous some of the scenes are. Scenes where the characters could easily speak to each other were written in the form of text messages and it was just so insensible. Like, for example, there was this scene where Becky is inside her car parked outside Reed’s house and Reed is right inside the house and he can see Becky but they still decide to communicate via text. Why? Even though the format was cool and different, some of it was really unrealistic.

As for the actual story, it’s pretty clichéd and some of it is quite unbelievable. When a guy has left you without any reason and comes back 10 years later, I don’t see how it is possible for everything to just click again and they’re going out and everything is lalalala so happy. Like, no. Not realistic.

Cabot’s writing is okayish, at the most. It doesn’t delve into details and doesn’t tell you a lot about the characters or the setting or anything which can make them real characters. Also, the writing doesn’t have that captivating or hooking feel to it, which makes it really difficult to stick to the story. By the end, I found myself skimming over lines because I knew how it would end and I couldn’t get to the ending fast enough!

Overall, this book can only work (and work great, btw) if you pick this up after something dense and tough – if you want something light and fluffy and quick. If you are a fan of Adult chick-lit, this book might just work for you, but otherwise, you probably won’t get anything special.

My Rating

2.5/5 stars


9 thoughts on “The Boy Is Back – Meg Cabot (Book Review)

  1. I was actually looking forward to reading this, haven’t read a Meg Cabot book since The Princess Diaries. But I’m not so sure now – it doesn’t seem as good as I thought after reading your review. :P


    1. If you have a lot of time to read (which I don’t think you have cuz we’re in the same boat :P) then you can pick this up and give it a try, otherwise, better choose your books wisely :P


  2. I was planning on reading this but heard to many reviews saying it’s boring so I skipped it. Sigh, that’s too bad. I’ve always wanted to read Meg Cabot but basic characters? nah. The format seems fun though.


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