The Boys Next Door
Title: The Boys Next Door
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 336
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 16 yrs./post-Sophomore summer
Language: no profanity
Sex: kissing, sexual flirting
Drug/Alcohol Use: teen drinking at a party
Violence: depiction of fighting between brothers
Social Issues: using your body to get attention, changing yourself to get someone to like you
Suggested Movie Grade: PG
Premise: Lori lives next door to brothers Sean and Adam. They spend their summers boating around the lake. Lori has always had a crush on the older Sean while Adam has always been her best friend. This summer, she determines to get Sean to be her boyfriend. In order to do so, she works hard to prove that she’s not a little girl anymore, and she convinces Adam to help her make Sean jealous. But as she and Adam spend more time together as part of her plan, she can’t deny that it’s Adam who might be the right guy for her.
Comments: Lori dresses in bikinis and skimpy clothes in order to attract Sean’s attention. She also changes her personality, attempting to be more “girly” so that Sean will like her better.
Sean and Adam have a volatile brotherly relationship. They fight when Adam’s girlfriend is caught kissing Sean.
Age Appropriateness: 11 and older