Review: The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

Posted October 14, 2016 in Review / 7 Comments

Review: The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

The Boy Is Back

Series: Boy #4
by Meg Cabot
Published by HarperCollins, William Morrow on October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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From New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot comes the sweetly humorous story of a man who has to face his past in order to find his future.

Sometimes to move forward, you have to go back…

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?

This warm, thought-provoking book, told entirely in texts, emails, and journal entries, is as much about the enduring bond of families as it is about second chances at love, and will delight as much as it entertains.

Well Written


The unique storytelling format added a ton of humor to this second chance romance with the added story about “crazy” parents (tongue firmly in cheek).


This is my first book by Meg Cabot and it will not be my last.  I’m not sure if I should have picked this particular book to be my first, though.  But hey, you don’t really know what you’re getting into until you’re knee deep into a book.  And once I got into the swing of how this story was going to go, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The reason why it took me a bit to “warm-up” to this story is because it is told entirely in emails, text messages, shopping reviews, news stories, and finally, towards the last half, journal entries.

Ms. Cabot makes this work!

It is laugh out loud hysterical at times.  And it’s also very moving (pun completely intended).

Becky Flowers lives in Bloomville, Indiana and she has grown her family’s moving business into a senior relocating business.  But back in high school, she was quite the crazy one who had the dream boyfriend in Reed Stewart…. until he left her to go to college for golf and never said goodbye.  Yeah, that stings.  Now he’s a pro on the golf tour and Becky is still in their hometown dating a “lumbersexual” wine and cheese shop owner.  When Reed’s sister-in-law asks Reed to come back home to help deal with his parents, he reluctantly comes back to Bloomville.  Turns out, his parents are going to need A LOT of help.  And Reed is going to need to Becky’s assistance on this one.

Oh, this family is a hysterically sad mess…

But behind this quirky (some might say gimmicky)  method of telling the story, there’s an important story about family dynamics, elder abuse, and alzheimers/dementia.  I can’t tell you any more than that because this story also managed to flat our surprise me with it’s ending!

Just be prepared that this story is really 50% romance and 50% family story.  Both mix well into an interesting plot with crazy characters.  Just don’t be stuck on who the crazy ones are 😉

About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg’s nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming.” She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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7 responses to “Review: The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

  1. I haven’t read Cabot before, but I did grab a copy. I am glad to see that you found this hilarious and that it worked. I am so excited to read this.

  2. I love this series so if you read and enjoyed this one, you should try the first book. It’s called The Boy Next Door (and he really lives next door, not upstairs like the new Jessica Lemmon book, ha!) It was the first book that I read that was told in text messages, emails, newspaper articles, etc…so much fun.

    This was a good one so I’m glad that you enjoyed it too. We sure are reading a lot of the same books lately.

    Have a great weekend, Kristin!
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