My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick

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My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick

Released: June 14, 2012
Publisher: Dial Books
SynopsisThe Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

~ Goodreads ~

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What I Thought: I've been itching for a while to read this well talked about novel, and finally took the plunge. My Life Next Door is a well-written novel about the choices we make and the consequences we face.

Samantha Reed has watched the Garretts next door for most of her life. Her mother doesn't think highly of their large family and messy lifestyle, but Samantha finds them fascinating. One day, Jase Garrett climbs up to her bedroom window, and a strange friendship ensues. Suddenly Samantha is babysitting the younger kids, hanging out with all the family and falling for Jase Garrett.

Of course, things are never that simple, are they? There is drama that unfolds, which I particularly didn't like (hence only four stars) but I can see why this book is well liked by readers of young adult. My Life Next Door really questions who we are, how we judge and how we deal with certain situations, really making you examine the kind of person you are versus the kind of person you want to be.

If you love a good contemporary novel, I highly recommend this story.

The Good: You can't help but fall in love with all the quirks of the Garrett family.

The Bad: Yeah, that dramatic twist killed the buzz for me.


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Claire Blennerhassett

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  1. I've had this one on my wish list and actually forgot why b/c its been so long. Yes, the family next door was it, but I didn't realize there was some big drama stuff. Nice review!

  2. Good efforts. All the best for future posts. I have bookmarked you. Well done. I read and like this post. Thanks.


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