My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books (imprint of Penguin Group)
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from Public Library
Amazon Barnes and Noble IndieBound
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads:
A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another
“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, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
I’ve heard a lot about this book in the past few weeks, and everything has been glowing. I definitely agree, and I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, the story was interesting, and the characters were great and well-developed. I must admit that I probably wouldn’t re-read this book, though. Once was enough. It was a wonderful read, but I’m okay that it is over.
The character development was fantastic! Even the whole Garrett family had a certain feel to it. One of the younger Garretts, George, was just so adorable! He was so believable as a little boy. I could picture him walking into the library where I work and asking for Eyewitness DVDs.
I did like Samantha, the MC. I think she was generally a good person, and I really need that in a MC to want to read the book. That being said, sometimes she did frustrate me a little. I can’t really say why, because I don’t want to spoil anything. But overall, I did like her, and I liked her voice telling the story.
Of course, I loved Jase. He is such a sweet boy, who loves his family, and would do anything for them. Was he too good a person, though? I mean he was almost too perfect a person. Does he ever do anything wrong?
I thought Samantha’s mother was a pretty awful person, but she was needed for the story.
I definitely did enjoy My Life Next Door, and I think you should definitely read it if you like contemporary romances (which I do!), but it didn’t find a special place in my heart.