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.
We have all been there when we just need to spy on a boy, whether it be out of our bedroom window or online so Mallory is instantly relate able in that way. Mallory is the good girl, innocent and home schooled doesn't really stand a chance when it comes to bad boy Troy.
The relationship between Troy and Mallory is a little bit predictable but this is the same in lots of YA romance books. If there isn't a good girl meets bad guy romance then is it really swoon worthy? I actually really liked there relationship, they seemed realistic (sort of) and they balanced each other out nicely. One thing that wasn't realistic however was that Mallory had a lock on her bedroom door and Troy was free to climb in and out whenever he pleased. Isn't this every teen girls dream? for this much privacy.
I liked the twist when we found out about Mallorys past and the devotion Troy showed towards her. It was interesting to see almost a whole community come together to support Mallory. There were some really cute and really gripping moments in this story and the writting was perfect. I sped through the book and in my opinion that is how a YA romance should be.
Because this is a stand alone I would have loved to learn a little more about Mallory and Nic's friendship and how that was when they finally met and also what happened when Mallory went to college? Did Troy just follow her around?
Overall though I really enjoyed this and would recommend for a cute and interesting read. I rated it 4* on Goodreads.
Thank you Net Galley and Samantha Armstrong for providing me with a review copy of I spy the boy next door in exchange for my honest opinion.
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