Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
Book Description (From Amazon):
Publication Date: January 6, 2015 | Age Level: 12 - 18 | Grade Level: 7 and up
Maddy Spier's been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls. How can she make him realize that they can be partners off the ice as well?
Gabe’s relationship with Maddy is vital. He can’t imagine skating with anyone else, and together they have a real chance at gold–maybe even making it to the Olympics! So he’s decided to think of her as a sister. After all, family is forever, but he’s never dated anyone for more than two weeks.
Then their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, and everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big break-up that Gabe has always feared?
My First Impression:
Maddy and Gabe have been friends since they were little. Now teenagers, they are also figure skating partners. Their coach, realizing that they are on the verge of adulthood, decides to turn up the heat and bring passion and more emotion into their skating routine.
Maddy is all for it as she has a crush on Gabe.
Gabe is against it wanting to keep Maddy in that friend /like a sister zone.
No matter what, he can’t lose her and taking that step and tapping into those feelings might tear them apart.
I love figure skating stories. When I was a teen, I wanted to be an Olympic skater. No one told me I have to start out much earlier than age 14. What did I know? So, now I can only live out my dream in books. And by watching The Cutting Edge every time it is on TV, which is pretty much all the time.