Boy meets girl by Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot, is one of the most widely read chick-lit authors, who shot to popularity through her successful series Princess Diaries. Her genre is fun and relatable books for young adults, especially girls. Meg broke into adult fiction with She went all the way & Boy next door. Boy meets girl is her newest work in this genre.

The most appealing characteristic of this book is its non traditional format. It incorporates emails sent back and forth, voice mails, notes, memos, minutes of meetings and – Meg Cabot trademark – journal entries by the main character. It’s truly an apt depiction of 21st century communication. The book is funny and fast moving but some instances of whiny journal entries can leave the reader a little annoyed. Many entries depict shaky control of the author over her leading character. The protagonist is much backed up by the well defined secondary characters.

Kate Mackenzie is a young woman who has recently moved to New York from her home state Kentucky. After working as an unsuccessful social worker for few years, with the help of her best friend Jen, Kate lands up a job in the Human Resources department of the New York Journal. She likes her work but hates her tyrannical and despotic boss, Amy. Shortly after securing her job, Kate finds that she would have to end it with Dale, her boyfriend of ten years. She moves out and takes up residence on Jen’s couch.

While searching futilely for an apartment, Kate becomes a victim of work-place drama where she unwillingly has to fire Ida Lopez. Ida is the dessert supplier in Kate’s office. She is known to make the best desserts and is even kind enough to share her recipes with the readers! Amidst work place politics, Kate finds herself attracted to Mitch, a brilliant lawyer but also the brother of the most despised person in her office, Stuart. Stuart is a typically elitist character. Interestingly, he’s also the love interest of the arrogant Amy. Although the attraction is instant and mutual between Kate & Mitch, circumstances ensure their staying apart. Would they ever be able to find togetherness?

Mitch’s character is shown to be humorous, intelligent, kind, gutsy, interesting & downright attractive. Kate on the other hand does not impress much. She appears as a very hyper person with low self esteem. Instead of taking charge and mending the situation she mostly just starts feeling hopeless. She even has a weird habit of scribbling her thoughts and anxieties on restaurant menus & grocery receipts. Funny characters from Mitch’s family also crop up here and there maintaining spice and variety in the book.

Overall the tone of the book is humorous and the plot is interesting. After a point, the end becomes very predictable but the process is worth a read.  It’s a cheerful book and is perfect for a random racy read. It can be finished in one day and leaves the reader smiling. The book takes work place romance to a new level of cheesiness.

Tanaya Malhotra

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