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Izzy Lane never thought of herself as a liar. In fact, she's always played by the rules. She's an excellent mother, has loyal friends, and a rich career as a school counselor. Fresh from a new divorce, however, Izzy feels like she needs a little fun. So when, on a whim, she starts a blog it seems like a rather benign indulgence. But as her online quips begin to gain traction, Izzy makes a slip. Somehow a new boyfriend winds his way into the picture. The problem? Izzy makes him up.
What, at first, feels like a harmless fib quickly spins out of control and Izzy must figure out how to balance fantasy and reality. Keeping up appearances while managing an absent ex-husband, two very nosy friends, a toddler son, and full-time job soon prove impossible, and Izzy feels utterly lost. It's only when her long-time neighbor and surrogate mother, Mrs. Feldman, re-enters her life that Izzy begins to see the mess she's made. And it's with Mrs. Feldman's guidance that Izzy learns to face reality, find comfort in new norms, and open herself up to the possibility of real love.
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♦ Someone lied on a blog! No, that never happens. Izzy is a typical newly divorced mom. Lonely and feeling disconnected she starts a blog. And creates a boyfriend. When her blog blows up and she continues the façade it’s only a matter of time before it all implodes. The Good Neighbor is a cute cautionary tale of what going viral can do. This is the second book I have read recently about a typical mom getting into hot water due to the internet (Goddess of Suburbia being the other). I’m not sure if this is indicative of a new trend or if I just happened upon them coincidentally. Both were cute, but mostly fluff and not substance. It was very easy to guess the story arc but that didn’t detract from the fun of the story. Sometimes you just want to read a cute fluffy tale and if so, this would be a good one.
◊ Favorite lines from Chapter 24 – “The opposite of love was not hate. The opposite of love was not sarcastic retorts. The opposite of love was not spiteful thoughts. The opposite of love – this love – was indifference.”
¤ Biggest cliché – “I lied and no everyone is mad at me. Why are they so mad?”
Δ What is the latest book trend you have noticed?