#ARCSTRAVAGANZA: The Short History of the Girl Next Door

#ARCstravaganza is hosted by the wonderful ladies of YA and Wine and The Clever Reader– Krysti and Sarah respectively – where each week, we showcase one of the best perks of being a book blogger – those glorious ARCs – on our blogs, Instagrams, or both! And when you participate? You’ll be entered to win a YA ARC each month! How cool is that? Find out more about it here!

I present this week’s feature ARC without further ado…


A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.

Humorous and heart-wrenching, A Short History of the Girl Next Door is perfect for readers who fell in love with All the Bright Places’ Finch or Stargirl’s Leo.

I found this book perusing around Netgalley, and I thought it looked like it could be a lot of fun. It kind of gives me vibes of something that could poke fun of a lot of tropes and cliches about the whole “girl/boy” next door storyline that is so prevalent in YA fiction. And I mean, I am totally into that cliche as well – which could be another main reason why I requested this book – oops?

Also, I’m apparently really into reading books that make me feel lately. Ever since Eliza and Her Monsters totally ruined me for books that hit you in the feels, I’ve been wanting to pick up any books that offers to wrench my heart (i.e. last paragraph of this summary).

Check out more about it here!

So, what do you think? What arcs are you excited about this week? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

17 thoughts on “#ARCSTRAVAGANZA: The Short History of the Girl Next Door

  1. I’ve finished an ARC of The Hundredth Queen and hope to post a review in the coming weeks… family time is wreaking havoc on blogging plans 😉

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  2. Oh I’d love for this to be one of those books! I love tropes as much as the next person, but also storylines that make fun of those tropes probably just as much XD
    I still need to read Eliza and Her Monsters! I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it 🙂

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