The New Boy

Rated 4.46/5 based on 13 reviews
Alex thinks he has the perfect relationship with boyfriend Gary. When Dexter moves in next door, things start to get complicated. Everyone Dex meets seems to develop feelings for him, and even though he's straight, Alex can't help but start to fall for him. These concerns he outlines in his brutally honest diary, while also dealing with his psychotic best friend Andie and his parents' divorce. More

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About Maddy Linehan

I write young adult gay love stories, no more, no less.

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Review by: nick zavala on Dec. 25, 2012 :
Okay, so this is the second time I've read this book. Its amazing as the 1st time I read it. I really wish you would post more books. :3
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: basbleugirl on Oct. 6, 2012 :
Maddy Linehan's portrayal of young love as a time of both discovery and misunderstanding. Love that is awkward and self conscious, funny and frustrating. A entertaining read with hot emo boys that will make you laugh. Maddy Linehan one of the best authors of ya-m/m and I hope see more from her soon. The New Boy receives my highest recommendation for young adult gay fiction for women.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Catona Spyker on Aug. 15, 2012 :
Not what I was expecting but deffinately a worth while read. I was unable to stop once I started.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: David Morgan-Derby on Aug. 14, 2012 :
It's a good couple of weeks since I read this book and the fact that I am able to recollect its main characters stands as testament to their skillful portrayal. Although I remember struggling at first, finding it difficult to engage with the language, by the second chapter I was there, hooked, engrossed in the life of Dexter and irritated by the goody two-shoes whimpishness of the dude providing the narrative. The female characters are excellently crafted. A good read, and like other reviewers I too would like to read more.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Review by: Monika De Giorgi on Aug. 6, 2012 :
The Book was a really cute read. I loved the romance, I had fun with the characters and enjoyed every second of the book. Esp. Dexter war such a sweet guy. The Book is well written and was fun from beginning to end.
I hope there's more to come, more about Alex and Dexter would be cute :)
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Sandra Ramirez on July 7, 2012 :
Maddy, you are awesome and so are your stories. I read all of them on Wattpad, you are one of my favorite authors there. You write such awesome, interesting stories. I think it's great you put yourself and your stories here, that way more people will know what a great LGBT writer you are. Keep the stories coming, don't let some comments affect you, there are people like myself that love your stories and ideas. Keep it up, we love you! BTW I'm a fan on Wattpad.
(review of free book)
Review by: Andre Savoie on July 2, 2012 :
Fantastic book. Looking forward to much, much more from you.
(review of free book)
Review by: nick zavala on July 1, 2012 :
This book waz amazing! I loved it. I love your work. Eventhough you've only posted two books I love them both and I'm. Looking forward to reading more of your work. The only thing is I kilda wish they were longer because since I can't stop reading the book I finish it really fast other than that Defenitely 5 stars :D
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Brenda Cothern on June 28, 2012 :
This was a good YA gay story about coming out and finding young love. The story started out very well and held my attention but after awhile, Like Jonovan said below, I was wondering where the story was going. I really enjoyed the twist ending and would recommend this for any young reader, not just young gay readers.
(review of free book)
Review by: Jonovan O on June 19, 2012 :
I thought the book started well. It was interesting and engaging. Somehow, along the way, once the dust settled between Alex and Dexter, things seemed to be thrill-less. It was more like I kept asking myself where was the story going with this? What ending was it seeking for? Why has it not ended yet?

The portrayal of Gary as the jerk boyfriend kept the story easy for readers to prefer Alex with someone else. Too easy. I was also surprised to read on how everyone else's seemed to know Gary's biological problem. Was that even possible?

Guys are guys. To think that they can lay cuddling and kissing without going far is a joke. For that, the story was less realistic.
(review of free book)
Review by: DZY Daisy on June 18, 2012 :
This book was amazing, i loved the characters and their indivisual personalities. Everything in this book made me laugh and smile.
(review of free book)
Review by: Carops on June 17, 2012 :
I found this book while idly surfing on smahswords looking for fresh releases.
For an indie novel, this one was quite good. For a free read, this was exceptional.

The story told in "The New Boy" isn't even that original: we meet Alex, a 16-year old boy who has been dating the 2 years older Gary for 2 years... but things can't seem to go right for them. Gary is controlling and aloof, not paying Alex the attention he needs and deserves.
Then, Dexter moves in next door. He's the virtual opposite of Gary: tolerant, funny, and outgoing.
Alex immediately has a crush on the good-looking bad boy... but Dexter is already taken - by a girl.

While the story was more 2.5 to 3 star-ish, the characters and the way the author relayed the details of their relationship was very interesting, realistic and engaging. I loved it!
I liked both Alex and Dexter, but also the minor characters.
Both the main characters went through a good deal of development and I quite liked how Alex turned out to be.
Actually Alex was all the things I wish young adult book heroines were like: yes, he wasn't the most outgoing person in the world and he was quite self-conscious, but in the end he manned up and didn't let anyone talk down to him. That totally made my day. I don't want to insult him as a character, but he was very girly, so putting him up as a positive role-model for all retarded girls in books dating vampires/werewolves/elfs/bears isn't all wrong, I guess.

I would definetely recommend this book for pretty much anyone who isn't a total prude and can handle some guy on guy action. The writing style is very engaging, as well.

4 stars total. I wish I could read more of the author's work but I don't have a credit card so I can't make purchases from smashwords. I hope she'll put it up on amazon soon, so I can buy all of it :D
(review of free book)
Review by: heyy youuu on June 15, 2012 :
read the whole thing in one night because i couldnt stop(: idk how to write a proper review, but that was really good!! everything about it made me smile(:
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