Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla

The Girl Next Door shows a true friendship, when a friend is in need. Jess and Sam have been neighbors for most of their lives. When Jess's world starts breaking down when he develops cancer Sam tries to help him through all his pain and grieve. But because of this she misses out on school;she came from a straight A student to F's.Their world is spinning and Sam just doesn't know what to do.

This book really makes you appreciate where you are in life based on Sam and Jess's situation. The author makes Sam's character seem as if she can't do anything for Jess but she can. Sam doesn't believe in herself during school. She doesn't think she can do anything, which isn't true. Jess himself is a really strong person. This book's mood/tone is mostly sad, there are some funny jokes though. The author also didn't tell you if Jess died from his cancer. The author's writing is very powerful because you really see the characters from the descriptions the author provides for you, the book itself is very emotional too.The weaknesses of the book were I thought there seemed to be gaps in the book where she forgot to include some minor details. I wouldn't recommend this book because it is very sad and wasn't "a page turner."
Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: braintree, MA America