Ahem. **checks microphone to see if its on** Without further ado, I present to you the official blurb:
Leigh Tressman has been known as a lot of things – the girl who sings, the girl who sews, Jaron’s little sister, and last year, the girl with cancer. With her body still recovering from the cancer treatments, she’s determined to be independent and convinces her parents to let her follow her overprotective brother, Jaron, to BYU.
With an ever expanding line of young men ready to be in love with her – not to mention physical frustrations, and spiritual dilemmas – Leigh almost misses the opportunity to be with the man who has been quietly falling in love with her since they met. The Next Door Boys proves that even with (or maybe in spite of) independence, love can be found in comfortable, but delightful places.
The first nice thing that I would like to say about this book is that I read it in basically two sittings. In my crazy world, that's a compliment. The rest of the nice things that I would like to say will be Broken down (like Backstreet Boys) into Bullet points (didn't see that comin' right?):
- As a contemporary book, its totally relate-able. I heard once that sometimes its easier to convince readers that vampires and werewolves exist than convince readers that your human character does. The trick is to make us believe in the characters, make us sympathize for them, and ultimately root for them. I felt this way about Leigh. I wanted her to find the independence and the love she deserved. Which I hear is a Houdini trick at a place like BYU! Sorry BYU fans:).
- Swoon worthy love interests. Jolene and I must have similar taste in men or something, because she wrote guys that did "it" for me. I don't know exactly what "it" means, but you know what I mean. For a previous blog discussion on "it" click HERE.
- SHOCKING CONFESSION: I've never read an LDS novel before. Is it too racy to call myself a LDS novel-virgin? Yes? Oh sorry. Anywayz, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. In fact, I had my concerns as I entered the honeymoon suite of Mormon literature. Too much again? Da*# it! Sorry...again. Anyway, I think Jolene did such a fabulous job of creating a coming of age love story that any "churchy" or "religious stuff" felt seamless. I cared about the characters, I found myself neck-deep in their world, enjoying my time in "Happy Valley"--is that still what they call Provo?
You can find Jolene's awesome Group Blog HERE
You can buy Jolene's awesome Book HERE