Saturday, June 8, 2013

Project: Boy Next Door

L.K. Madigan
4 stars 

Project: Boy Next Door, published posthumously, is a true gem deserving of a voice in the YA literature world. Smart, heartfelt, and with wonderful characterization, Madigan's latest, unmistakably, as all the makings of a great story. Being true to oneself is the theme and the even pacing throughout means there is never a dull moment, while the teenage dialogue is very on point. Additionally, readers will be touched by the backstory as the book appears to have been a true labor of love. Don’t miss out on this one!
Summaries: Melvin Pepper, teenage son of a famous mogul, wants to experience the one thing that he’s never experienced before: anonymity. To do so, he creates an alter ego for himself, enrolls in a public high school, joins a radio club, and takes a job as a busboy. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that maintaining two separate identities is a lot harder than he imagined. As he struggles between the two separate worlds, he finds out a lot about himself, while making a discovery that will bring both of his worlds colliding.  (May, 199 pp.)

Reviewed by: Susannah Balch

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