Review | Falling for the Girl Next Door by Tera Lynn Childs

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Title | Falling for the Girl Next Door
Author | Tera Lynn Childs
Pages | 186 pages
Publisher | Entangled Crush
Series | Creative HeARTs #5, Sloane and Tru #2
Release Date | November 2016
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Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.

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You guys know how the story goes by now – I get a book published by the Entangled Crush team and I gush, because the books are just so freaking cute! Well, Falling for the Girl Next Door is living up to its predecessors and I really can’t function with this cute, romantic overload. I was not prepared to feel so warm and mushy tonight, so thank you Tera Lynn Childs!

Hands down, this is some of the best work I’ve ever seen from the author. Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru was a brilliant novel, and you can check out my original review right here, but admittedly it wasn’t perfect. However, if you followed through on my recommendations and got yourself a copy of the book, then prepare to be wowed by the next instalment in the Sloane and Tru series. This novel had some much more depth and development, partly due to the fact that it was a series, but also because of author development. They say writing only improves with time, and it must be true. Let me just say, if Tera Lynn Childs keeps writing stuff like this, I’m going to have to meet her – which will be really hard considering I’m poor and I live in England.

Two things I absolutely adored about this book were: the fact that I didn’t have to go back and reread the first novel to understand what was going on in this one. The first book was released something like a few months ago, and there have been a fair share of books since then. Instead, the author incorporated a sort of ‘time-hop’ into the beginning of the book to jog your memory from the first novel. This is a brilliant thing, because if you never got around to reading the first one, you technically don’t have to: but it is highly advised! Secondly, the ability to fluently and easily swap and change from first person to third person was brilliant. I must admit that this is not an easy task, and if executed poorly could lead the readers to be confused or perhaps even give up on the novel. There was absolutely no inclination to put this book down, so again, hats off.

Not only did the writer grow in leaps and bounds with this novel, but so did the characters. While we got to witness the characters in their Tru (hehe c; ) forms, they managed to develop a lot more and gain a lot more personality and respectability. Sloane had been a little bit whiny in the first novel, but in this one she seemed to feel more of a woman – facing young adult-hood rather than pure adolescence. Similarly with Tru, his ability to admit his flaws and act in a grown-up way when dealing with them makes you really adore the character. I also wanted to cuddle him, but I think that was just me.

The book also tackles a lot of issues that can be particularly hard for people, including divorce, change and alcoholism. The portrayal of themes in the story is done very well and shine a light on the importance of understanding, getting help and moving forward. I feel like Tera Lynn Childs needs to bring me another instalment of Sloane and Tru soon or I might just die. Also, the book deals with Christmas . . . and there are like twenty-one days left until the big days hits us! So this is definitely a perfect wintery read. Falling for the Girl Next Door deserves a brilliant four out of five stars – not the best thing I’ve read all year, but something pretty damn special!

4-stars

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Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.

Deanna  @ Okie Dreams Book Reviews says “I quite enjoyed Falling for the Girl Next Door by Tera Lynn Childs.”

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions says “I’m excited for the last book about Sloane and Tru.

Carrie @ Carrie’s Book Reviews says “I actually enjoyed Sloane and Tru.”

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