the good neighbor book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Have you ever told a lie that seemed to develop a life of its own? That is exactly what happens to Elizabeth “Izzy” Lane in The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan.

Izzy, a newly single mother, is having a rough time dealing with her recent divorce and move back home. Although she has her elderly next door neighbor, Mrs. Feldman, and her two best friends, Jade and Rachel, to lean on, she finds herself in the middle of a huge lie…one that she created.

After meeting her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, she does something that she never thought she would ever do—she invents a boyfriend to get over her embarrassment of being alone. However, when she begins to blog about her “boyfriend” after her son, Noah, goes to sleep, she finds herself swept up in her virtual world…one not anchored in reality. After her friends start to talk about meeting Izzy’s mysterious and seemingly perfect boyfriend, she finds herself not only lying to the strangers reading her posts, but also to the people closest to her.

Will she work up the nerve to tell her friends the truth? Or will someone find out about her lie and tell them first?

I loved this book! Izzy is very relatable and real. We have all told a lie or done something that we wish we hadn’t. Amy Sue Nathan puts a spotlight on not only the repercussions of this, but also on the fact that no matter the motivation behind telling the lie, it still carries the potential to hurt people. I adore reading novels about real world situations, especially ones that are as well-written as this one.

I could not find anything in this book to complain about. I loved the story line, the writing style, the catchy chapter headings, the overall moral of the book, and the perfect ending!

Although this book is predictable (it reminds me of the feel good Hallmark movies that I love so much), it was an enjoyable read, and I can’t wait to read more novels by Nathan.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.