Review: DEATH and THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Darynda Jones

Trade Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by St. Martin's Press
Source: Audible
Rating:  ♥♥.5

Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First Grave on the Right, brings us Death and the Girl Next Door, a thrilling Young Adult novel garnering high praise and early buzz from major authors

Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?

My Thoughts: 

I have been a fan of Darynda Jones since her debut novel FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT. So, when I discovered that she was writing a new young adult series, DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, I knew that I must read it.

DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR starts of interesting enough with orphaned teen Lorelei going on with her normal existence until the school loner begins to stalk her as the hot new boy also begins to take a keen interest in her. To top off all the bizarro boy behavior, it turns out that each despise each other immensely and Lorelei is the reason for their mutual hostility. Soon, she finds herself having to break up their fights and she demands to get down to the heart of the matter only to discover that she is dealing with more than she could ever bargain for.

Initially I believed this story to have a bit of promise for it seemed wicked intense and a tad scary with Cameron aka "loner boy" getting all stalkerific but before that got too creepy another boy, Jared, gets added to the mix and that's when things get a little messy. As I have said these boys don't play well together but the amount of arguing/fighting they go through is honestly annoying and It got to the point where I felt like skimming over those parts. I understood their hatred for one another but did it have result in fights that Lorelei always seemed to have to stop? I also wished the story ran at a better pace, it had it's moments but it wasn't enough and I times I struggled with wanting to continue.

While I did find issue with certain aspects of the story I can say that I did enjoy the story concept. It was different from any of my current reads and I appreciated the plot twist that provided for a bit of a surprise. I wished that I could have enjoyed this novel more because I really enjoy this author's previous works but this just did not work for me.



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