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Boy Meets Girl [Paperback]

Meg Cabot
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Book Description

Jan. 8 2004

Meet Kate Mackenzie. She:

  • works for the T.O.D. (short for TyrannicalOffice Despot, also known as Amy Jenkins,Director of the Human Resources Divisionat the New York Journal)
  • is sleeping on the couch because herboyfriend of ten years refuses to commit
  • can't find an affordable studio apartmentanywhere in New York City
  • thinks things can't get any worse.

They can. Because:

  • the T.O.D. is making her fire the most popularemployee in the paper's senior staff dining room
  • that employee is now suing Kate for wrongfultermination, and
  • now Kate has to give a deposition in front ofMitch Hertzog, the scion of one of Manhattan's wealthiest law families,who embraces everything Kate most despises ... but also happens to have a nice smile and a killer bod.

The last thing anybody -- least of all Kate Mackenzie -- expects to findin a legal arbitration is love. But that's the kind of thing that canhappen when ... Boy Meets Girl.

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From Publishers Weekly

This latest adult novel by the prolific Cabot (she's responsible for the ever-popular Princess Diaries franchise) unfolds, like 2002's The Boy Next Door, entirely through e-mails, journals, instant messages, phone mail, deposition transcripts, notes scribbled on menus, to-do lists and other hallmarks of a modern girl's life. Kate Mackenzie, an idealistic HR representative at the New York Journal, has just been forced by her evil boss, Amy Jenkins, to fire Ida Lopez, the wildly popular dessert cart lady at the company cafeteria. Ida bakes delectable goodies, but she won't serve them to priggish Stuart Hertzog, the paper's legal counsel, who happens to be engaged to Amy, known as the T.O.D. (tyrannical office despot) to Kate and her best friend and co-worker Jen. Sweet Ida sues for wrongful termination, and Stuart charges his younger brother, Mitch, with handling this delicate matter. But Mitch actually cares about justice more than his brother's bitchy fiancee (he's only working at the family firm at his sick father's request), and he quickly confounds Kate's expectations with his Rocky and Bullwinkle tie and "tie-him-to-the-bed" good looks. When the T.O.D. tries to lay the blame for her HR blunder on Kate, Mitch goes to the furthest reaches of lawyerly chivalry to save his ladylove. Studded with humorous details poking fun at social climbers and corporate drones, this book is less a novel than a collection of lighthearted barbs, gleeful cliches and panicky (but comic and brief) freakouts. Cabot's 20-something fans will likely devour this fluffy, fun urban fairy tale.
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Kate, an earnest young human resources representative at the New York Journal, must handle a dreadful case. Her evil boss, Amy, is forcing her to fire the beloved Ida Lopez, whose desserts are famous in the senior staff room, just because Ida refused a second dessert to the detestable Stuart Hertzog, Amy's beau and the paper's lawyer. When Ida Lopez sues the paper for wrongful termination, the case goes to Mitchell, Stuart's handsome, unconventional brother. Kate is charmed by Mitch, despite the fact that she is sure he is just like his brother. He is certainly nothing like her ex-boyfriend, Dale, who is still trying to get her back though he still doesn't want to get married. Despite the forces standing in their way, Mitch and Kate are falling for each other until Mitch tries to catch Amy in a lie during a deposition, which has disastrous consequences for Kate. Told in a series of e-mails, phone messages, instant messages, and journal entries, Cabot's novel is delightfully fun to read. Kristine Huntley
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5.0 out of 5 stars I WANNA MITCH!!!! July 5 2004
By Alex
Yeah, that's right!
This book is so funny. And so easy to read. Loved it from start.
Kate's life hasn't been all that good lately, for starters she is crashing at her best friend's couch. Her boss hates her- the TOD or Amy - and she has just been forced to fire Ida Lopez though she knows is wrong. Enter Mitch Hertzong, brother of Stuart Hertzong - TOD's boyfriend. Mitch is a lawyer, enough said for Kate not to like him, problem is, she does like him!
Love the Emailing back and forth. Oh, and don't miss the IM-converstion between Jen and Tim, that totally cracked me up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reader meets romance novel! June 14 2004
Someone sent me this book and it sat on the shelf for several weeks, while I thought, "Not really my kind of book." The cover is deceptive and it would be hard to come up with a more banal or less descriptive title. The cover art bears little relation to the content of the book. If Boy Meets Girl were Meg Cabot's debut novel, it would have sunk into remainder oblivion.
Fortunately, Cabot is famous, although I've never read her other books. I have a weakness for books written in correspondence style and enjoy writing that way myself. The book's strength derives from the author's ability to capture the tone of modern-day office correspondence, from the Personnel Director's trailing "This correspondence is confidential..." to heroine Kate's scrawls on a menu.
As Boy Meets Girl opens, Kate has just left her boyfriend of ten years, which meant leaving his apartment. Through her old college friend Jen, she has a job in the Human Resource department of a major newspaper and a couch to sleep while she looks for a new apartment.
Kate's boss Amy, a WASP alum of the Pi Delta sorority, runs a tight ship, influenced by her boyfriend, Stuart, who just happens to be the company's lawyer. When Ida refuses to serve Stuart a piece of her world-class pie, Stuart demands that Ida be fired -- and Amy orders Kate to do the deed.
When Ida's union sues the company, Kate meets Stuart's brother, Mitch, who's got a heart of gold as well as great looks. And when Kate gets fired herself -- for telling the truth in a way that makes her boss looks bad -- Mitch comes riding to the rescue.
Cabot's correspondence style creates an omniscient viewpoint, without moving us from one character's mind to the other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From a teen... May 26 2004
This book is about Kate Mackenzie. Kate moved to New York to make a difference, but working in the human resources department of the New York Journal is as close is she is going to get. Her best friend Jen is also a H.R. worker at the New York Journal and is currently letting Kate sleep on her couch since Dale her rock star boyfriend of 10 years doesn't want to get married. One morning she comes into work to find that Amy Jenkins-fiancé of Stuart Hetzog wants her to fire the most popular employee- the dessert lady Ida Lopez. Which she does only to have Mrs. Lopez file a wrongful termination suit against her.
The bright spot in this mess is that her defendant Mitch Hertzog is a total hottie. Only one problem (ok two) First he is a lawyer, which is the group of people Kate can't stand, also that he is the brother to Stuart-Kate's evil boss' fiancé. Somehow during an interview Kate boss fires her wrongfully. Don't worry though, in classic romance style Mitch rides in and saves the day.
There is a wide range of characters in this book, but they are still very deep. There are characters ranging from the lesbian little sister of Mike to Kate's ex boyfriend who sings songs to her in the middle of her office. We even get to see some characters from the boy next door in this book, and see how far they have come.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but Hard to Read May 15 2004
I absolutely adored the first book in this series - The Boy Next Door - but felt that this book, in comparison, was way overdone. It's cutesy, but... that doesn't make it quality. Cabot's previous book was written entirely in e-mail format, but this book takes it a step further. Now, we have e-mails, IM messages, answering machine tapes, interoffice memos, to-do lists, professional letters, advertisements, etc. There is no actual dialogue between characters, and the entire storyline must be gleaned through the correspondence you are presented with. There was definitely humor throughout the book, but the problem is this.. the storyline didn't flow because it was written in such a choppy manner. I didn't get a feel for the characters, and it was hard to follow because you have to refer back constantly to check for initials and code names and such; it was just bothersome after a while. In order to get "the big picture" for this book you have to pay attention to the little details, like the names on the letters, the way someone signs their name in an e-mail, the persons' official title. etc. This book takes the easy way out, and sacrifices content for a creative writing structure that doesn't actually work. Enough already with this format - simply reverting back to a 'normal' book structure would have made this book 100% more enjoyable. I understand it's quirky and irreverent, but 350+ pages of office memos and email is just .. too much work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors when she isn't writing romance novels, but if she wasn't one of my favorite authors I would still rate Boy Meets Girl as a pretty good book. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Stephanie P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty GOod
the book never stopped, it kept going, without bordem striking yourself. but what i didn't really like is how you have to catch on to all the characters. Read more
Published on July 10 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Someone PLEASE write this in novel form!
I enjoyed the book...however, a whole book written in memos, e-mails, and instant message logs was not for me. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Lauren
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
This book was one of the most original and enjoyable books I have read in a long time. If you enjoyed Bridget Jones and Shoppaholics, you will enjoy Boy Meets Girl. Read more
Published on June 30 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as The Boy Next Door.
This book loosely ties in with The Boy Next Door but I didn't find it as enjoyable. The characters were fun as ever but I missed the all e-mail format. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by "celes1"
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not as much fun as "Boy Next Door"
I was really looking forward to this book, even kept stopping by the bookstore to see if they had gotten it in yet. Unfortunately, it wasn't as enjoyable as the first. Read more
Published on May 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down!!
I love this book! Though I was a little suspicious when I bought it (the format is a bit weird at the time, considering I've never read BJ Diary), I have no regrets about my... Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Betty T
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
Not as good as "The Boy Next Door" (I loved that one!), but still a funny book. I enjoyed that there was more than just emails in this one... Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Samantha
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun "Chick-Lit" Book! What A Concept!!!
First off I must admit to not being totally swept away with the new genre "Chick-Lit" as few of the books I've managed to read really spoke to me. Ms. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Kristi Ahlers
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