Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Author: Huntey Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: 06/14/2012
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The 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.
Picture and Summary from Goodreads
I loved this book so,so,SO much! When I wasn't giggling like a maniac, I was swooning like a schoolgirl, and when I wasn't swooning I was dying of suspense. There was so much emotion and I grew so attached to the characters that I was seriously sad to read the ending, just because it meant the book was over.

I really wish the Garretts were a real life family and I wish I was a part of them. Being raised as the only kid in the house I grew up wondering what it would be like to have siblings and to be close with them. The Garretts are how I imagine it would be like.

I had serious hate going for Samantha's mom and it was easy to see why Sam would watch her neighbors and imagine what it would be like to be a part of them. Sam does a lot of growing in this book and by the end she seems like a completely new person.

Jace is the swoony boy next door. He is such an amazing guy, responsible, mature, looks out for his family... he's just AMAZING. He really helps Sam realize that she has a voice for herself. I hated that she hid her relationship with Sam for so long though. Their relationship is the beat kind...built on a foundation and taken slowly but yet at a decent enough pace for a summer romance. I couldn't get enough of their interactions.

The only thing I hope for now is maybe a companion book. I would love to know what happens with Nan, Tim, and the rest of the Garretts.

An excellent read that I will definitely be reading again...over and over!


  1. You know, everybody keeps recommending this to me (along with Anna and the French Kiss- which I caved and bought, but still haven't read, back in January), so I think I'm going to have to buy this one sometime too. Even if it's just for the family aspect on his side, because they sound like a fun bunch, and of course the romance. Especially because it's the good kind of romance, and I'm also a sucker for the boy/girl next door type thing. :) Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. All of those reasons and more are why you should definitely read it! Hope you like it too!


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