A shy bookworm enlists her charming neighbor to help her score a date, not knowing he’s the obscure author she’s been corresponding with, in this sparkling and heart-fluttering romance by Kristina Forest.
Shy, bookish, and admittedly awkward, Lily Greene has always felt inadequate compared to the rest of her accomplished family, who strive for Black excellence. She dreams of becoming a children’s books editor, but she’s been frustratingly stuck in the nonfiction division for years without a promotion in sight. Lily finds escapism in her correspondences with her favorite fantasy author, and what begins as two lonely people connecting over email turns into a tentative friendship and possibly something else Lily won’t let herself entertain—until he ghosts her without a word.
Months later, Lily is still crushed, but she’s determined to get a hold of her life, starting with finding a date to her sister’s wedding. And the perfect person to help her is Nick Brown, her charming, attractive new neighbor, who she feels drawn to for reasons she can’t explain. But little does she know, Nick is an author—her favorite fantasy author.
Nick, who has his reasons for using a pen name and pushing people away, soon realizes that the beautiful, quiet girl from down the hall is the same Lily he fell in love with over email months ago. Unwilling to complicate things even more between them, he agrees to set her up with someone else, though this simple favor between two neighbors is anything but—not when he can't get her off his mind...
About the Author
Kristina Forest is an author of romance books for young adults. Her novels include I Wanna Be Where You Are, Now That I've Found You, Zyla & Kai and The Neighbor Favor. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, and she can often be found rearranging her bookshelf.
"[A] warm and welcoming new contemporary...the book breathes easily and pulls you right into its world. Especially recommended for anyone who ships Janine and Gregory from Abbott Elementary."—The New York Times Book Review
"Warm, witty, and deeply romantic. Kristina Forest is a fantastic storyteller, with an eagle-eye for detail and a knack for crafting lovable characters. It's impossible not to smile while reading this book!"—Rachel Lynn Solomon, New York Times bestselling author of Weather Girl
“The Neighbor Favor is the type of charming, feel-good story that reminds me why I love romance. I dare anyone to try reading Lily and Nick’s adorably awkward encounters without smiling. Impossible.”—Farrah Rochon, New York Times bestselling author of The Hookup Plan
"I'm swooning for The Neighbor Favor, and not because I'm stuck on a too-hot subway car: because of the heat between Lily and Nick. You'll swoon too for this joyful story and these bookish lovers as they find their way."—Amanda Elliot, author of Sadie on a Plate
“This literary love story is full of delightful surprises, with resonant characters whose perfectly paced professional struggles underline deeply real questions of family and daring to dream. The Neighbor Favor is the perfect celebration of falling in love on and off the page.”—Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of The Roughest Draft
I fell head-over-heels in love with Lily and Nick. The Neighbor Favor is sweet, swoony, and full of heart. I didn’t want it to end!"—Lynn Painter, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Wager
“Anchored by two endearing leads and a touching plot filled with a wonderful cast of side characters (including a cat with a penchant for trouble), Kristina Forest’s signature style absolutely shines in this one. The Neighbor Favor is as comforting as it is lovely–an admirable example of everything a heartwarming romance can be.”—Claire Kann, author of The Romantic Agenda
“In a world of swipe right for love, this electric debut crackles with old fashioned chemistry. Forest writes with so much heart. Nick and Lily absolutely simmer together and make you feel like ‘high fantasy’ could be right next door!”—Nikki Payne, author ofPride and Protest
"Forest expertly balances this perfectly matched duo’s emotional connection with their physical chemistry, making them easy to cheer on. This is a winner."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This swoony, contemporary romance with fully realized characters will have readers hooked from the first page, and the protagonists, who are Black, have deep, relatable backstories. This is the adult romance debut for YA author Forest (Zyla and Kai), and readers will clamor for more.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Book-loving romantics will be charmed.”—Kirkus Reviews