My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve been reading a ton of really long books lately, and I needed something short and sweet. This book was definitely on the shorter side, and although pieces of it were sweet (the idea of young love with the girl next door), there were also very heavy and sad elements.
A Short History of the Girl Next Door is such an important book for anybody who is dealing with grief or loss of a loved one. It perfectly illustrates the stages of grief.
Jared Reck perfectly illustrated these stages as they related to the main character. It definitely reminded me of losing one of my childhood friends, and the events that unfolded in the community afterward.
From an audiobook perspective, it’s only about 6 hours long so is perfect if you’ve got a car ride coming up. The narrator, Mike Chamberlain, kind of reminded me of Wil Wheaton (narrator of Ready Player One) and I enjoyed his rendition.
In keeping with the “short” theme, I’m going to keep this review short. Definitely would recommend for anybody who has dealt with grief and is looking for something to relate to.