Growing Up Neighbors by Frances Hoelsema (Review by Katie – #NerdGirlKtLBLy)

Growing Up Neighbours

Title: Growing Up Neighbors 

Author: Frances Hoelsema 

Published Date: December 3rd 2014 

Genre:  Young Adult/Romance


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Little Deborah Harrington stared across the street the day the Michaels family moved in. Who was this family? Would she even like them?

Nicholas Michaels hated the fact he had to move away from everything and everyone in his life, but his feelings change when he meets the Harringtons. Deborah and Nicholas become the best of friends, and as the children grow up, their friendship deepens.

But then tragedy strikes. Will this cause them to part ways? Or will it perhaps make them realize they may have stronger feelings for one another before it’s too late?

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***Katie – #NerdGirlKtLBLy’s Review***
When Nicholas is 10, his father walked out on them, so he, his 14 year old brother Robert, and their mother all have to move to a smaller, more affordable place to live. At first, Nick is upset because he’s leaving behind all his friends, his school, and the place he grew up. However, after moving in and spending some time with the new neighbors Alex 10, Deborah 8, and Robyn 6, he finds it’s not so bad. Alex and Nick become the best of friends right away and Debbie always wants to hang out with both of them too. Alex doesn’t always appreciate it and sometimes wants Debbie to make her own friends and stop hanging out with them, but Nick doesn’t mind. Nick and Debbie both learn that they have so much in common, and they too become really close friends. The older they get the more their friendship grows and the more they start to care and look after one another. At first they think it’s just a deep friendship but after a tragic event happens to Nick, Debbie comes to realize that maybe her feelings are even deeper then she though.
I really loved this story. It was a very cozy read for me. The best thing about this story, is that there is no “instalove.” The characters know each other at a young age and are very close friends first. They don’t grow up and they instantaneously see each other across the room and realize they are completely head over heels for each other and never realized it until that moment, which is a very good break from a lot of other stories. The friendship they have grows naturally and is very believable. It’s definitely a book to read during the fall/winter season.


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