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The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan

Friday, October 2, 2015

When small lies have big consequences…

Things are a little rough for Izzy Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the newly single mom moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is difficult, but with the help of her best friends—and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman—Izzy feels like she’s stepping closer to her new normal. Until her ex-husband shows up with his girlfriend. That’s when Izzy invents a boyfriend of her own. And that’s when life gets complicated.

Blogging about her “new guy” provides Izzy with something to do when Noah’s asleep. What’s the harm in a few made-up stories? Then, her blog soars in popularity and she’s given the opportunity to moonlight as an online dating expert. How can she turn it down? But when her friends want to meet the mysterious “Mac,” someone online suspects Izzy’s a fraud, and a guy in-real-life catches her eye, Izzy realizes just how high the stakes are. That’s when Mrs. Feldman steps in, determined to show her neighbor the havoc that lies can wreak. If Izzy’s honest, she could lose everything, and everyone. Is the truth worth any cost?

Goodreads Summary

Sometimes good intentions for making yourself look better can be all wrong if carried out in the wrong ways in life. Inventing a boyfriend and giving dating advice based on fake experiences really could go well for a while, but then when people find out you won't have a reputation to speak of afterwards. Well this is what Izze Lane is up to in this story.

I have to say, the sweet stories that Izze comes up with sound so good and amazing that you really want them to be true. I could see some people becoming addicted to her advice and getting caught up in her spell. Someone always finds out when things aren't quite right though, and when she becomes unraveled, it really goes south. You can compare parts of this story to a train wreck that is just so terrible, that you want to watch it. You can tell that the girl here is good at heart but needs to stop her addiction to her invented life. The author really does make a believable character here with real flaws, and because of this you will become attached to her and cringe along with every made up story, hoping she finally figures out how to fix it eventually. It is an adventure that is worth the ride and carries a good lesson in the end.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris 

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