Thursday, May 16, 2019


I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong
Release Date: May 25th 2019
Source: NetGalley ARC
Format: EBook
Pages: 254
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository

Four p.m. spy sessions are the highlight of Mallory Taylor’s day. Observing the boy next door—one with a body and an attitude to match—has her perched beside her window so often it can't be healthy.

When she finally convinces her mom to let her go to public school, Mallory comes face to face with her neighbor, Troy Parker. And he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. His rejection awakens a newfound tenacity and maybe even a touch of recklessness. But when Troy starts to show up when she needs him the most, Mallory can’t help but wonder if there’s more to him than he’s let on.

Taking chances, breaking rules, and following her heart is all new to Mallory. And no one warned her just how fickle hearts can be. When she discovers that Troy isn’t at all the guy she imagined him to be, secrets rise to the surface that will change her life forever.

*This is a standalone mature YA/new adult contemporary romance.

        Mallory Taylor is a naive, homeschooled, virgin who spy's on the hot, tattooed, motorcycle-driving boy next door. This book was a total cliche taken from stories we have heard many times before. From Mean Girls, (the homeschool girl becoming friends with the edgy girl and the gay kid) to the bad boy fighter that is seen in so many stories. While all these tropes seem unoriginal, this story is executed fairly well with quite an original plot twist though it was predictable.

        I had mixed feelings about this book. It was too all over the place for 200 pages and it just felt like this book didn't even know what it was. Our protagonist goes to her first party, gets her first hangover, gets the flu, sprains her ankle all in a matter of a couple weeks. And honestly that is the least of her problems. There was no flow to the timing of this book and it became confusing. The writing was amateur at best and I feel like the relationship between characters formed way too quickly. And there was no depth to these characters. "You like space. Cool." That's it. With most books, you want to jump into it and feel like you are apart of their world. With this book I was like, "...nah. imma chill here. i'm good." It did not have the pull, but I believe with a few minor tweaks it could have been there.
        Mallory is quite clueless is some of the most crucial points in her life and there is no real backstory as to why she makes these decisions. It is almost like they author just puts the blame for her being homeschooled for not knowing how to act, but yet this character is so bold out of no where. There was just no sense of self.
        Did I like this I did not hate it. But would I recommend it. Not necessarily. I would give I Spy the Boy Next Door 3 out of 5 stars.

What book should I read next? Let me know in the comments down below!

Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand

• • I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review • •


  1. Great review Lee! Can’t wait to see what you review next!

  2. Interesting review. Almost want to pick this up so I can see for myself.