Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Speak
Pub Date: June 13th 2013
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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.

 

It’s rare to read a book you love through and through, from beginning to end. My Life Next Door was that book for me. Sometimes when I love a book so much as I did this one, it’s hard for me to put my feelings into words, so bear with me.

First, can we give it up for the good guy?! So many times they’re outshined and outloved by the mysterious bad boy. In My Life Next Door, the boy next door, Jase, is THE BEST GUY EVER. He is the best son, the best brother, the best friend, and the best boyfriend. You might think this sounds like a boring guy, right? Well, NO! You’re wrong! Because he’s also HOT, and smart, funny, and works with his hands, so that totally makes him sexy. SIGH! Notice I didn’t say he’s perfect. No person is perfect. He has doubts and sometimes he says the wrong things and even loses his temper, but he realizes these wrongs and he talks about them and his feelings.

Ok, so you get the idea. I love him. The end. Good night and good luck.

Samantha was also a really good person, but she wasn’t struggled a bit more. She keeps a lot of her thoughts and feelings to herself. She was such a lonely person too until she meets Jase and the rest of the Garretts. Samantha is pulled in so many directions, and she wants to please everyone but we know that can only end in badly. And for a while, I was really worried and heartbroken for Sam and Jase and the Garretts and, oh my God, I wanted to strangle a couple other people in this story!

It felt like Huntley Fitzpatrick wrote this story with such care. All the nuances of each character, the interactions between Sam and Jase. There aren’t a lot of Young Adult, or even New Adult books now, that will portray two teens in love losing their virginity to each other. That scene was incredibly romantic. It’s the way it should be. Hats off to Huntley Fitzpatrick for completely getting it right.

Also, can we talk about George for a minute? OH MY GAAAH, I  loved that kid! I loved all of the Garrets, but George made me smile more than anything else in this book. Ha!

I became so emotionally invested, I could not put My Life Next Door down. I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to continue living in the world of the Garretts. I guess I’ll just have to reread it and relive it again soon. :)
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24 Responses to “Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick”

  1. Carrie

    I really enjoyed this book so much and I totally agree about Jase. He is great because he actually wants to communicate. Bonus points for sure on that alone. Jase is definitely up there on the book boyfriend scale.

  2. Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley)

    YES. This is one of the best YA books out there, I think. It’s one of the first I read when I started reading contemporary, which is around the time it came out or around the time it was just released for review and I was like YES!!! THIS IS AMAZING. I loved that huge, messy family with their messy yard and house. I wanted to be IN THAT FAMILY. They seemed disorganized but full of love and written so well, ya know? Such a great book. I’m so eager for the next book Huntley Fitzpatrick has for us and wonder how on earth it will live up to this one. So glad you loved this one, Jess. It’s a fantastic, fantastic book for sure.

  3. Alice @ ThatKidInWonderland

    I so need to get around to reading this one! I keep hearing fabulous review after fabulous review. I’m so glad you also loved this one Jess and you’re really proving to me that I should get my hands on this one soon. I need a book to get emotionally invested into.
    Fabulous review!

  4. Ginger (@GReadsBooks)

    I have a huge place in my heart for this book. It was easily my favorite YA read last year. So many things you loved about it, completely won me over, too. TRELLIS CLIMBING. Ahhh. George was so adorable. JASE. Such a great guy. And that mother (Sam’s)? Ugh. Just ugh. Happy to see you’ve read this one Jess! Feel free to revisit it anytime.. I have!

  5. Kristilyn

    Yes! This was SUCH a good book and definitely remains one of my favourites. I fell hard for the Garret family — especially Jase. And I felt so sorry for Samantha and her family situation … I expected something totally light with this book, but was happy to have a more serious side, too.

    Great review!

  6. Tara

    A big fat YES to the good guys! I don’t think YA focuses on the good guys enough and My Life Next Door is the absolute perfect book that showcases how hot they can be. I will admit, though, that my favorite character was little George :)

  7. Amy @ bookgoonie

    Gah! I brought this book home for the summer & still haven’t read even 1 of the many standalone contemporaries yet. I’m heart broken at my inability to be “in” on the awesome that is this book.

    Nice guy next door. Win! Lost virginity done well. Win!

  8. Bookworm1858

    Love your enthusiasm-I had so much trouble with this book but seeing your passion shine through while writing about it makes me think of it more fondly.

  9. April

    I have been wanting to read this one, and I’m a total fool because I had it in my hands.. at an Ollies store. Not sure if you have any of those out your way, but we do and they sometimes sell a bunch of discounted books they get from publishers over flow.. It was $1.99. I should have just bought it, but I know me… and I’m a kindle snob these days. I buy regular books and they sit on my shelf forever. I will get it for the kindle soon though.

    Holy heck yes!! Good guys are not boring.. Good guys make me smile and tingle in happy places. <3 So sick of the bad mysterious dudes.. they are played out. Plus I love that fence on the cover. I need a fence like that. Just had some new neighbors move in next door tonight and I have a feeling they will be Cray Cray!!!!!

  10. Annie

    It’s great when you find a book like this – where the characters are lovable and the story interesting and worth investing in. I’m glad this one worked out so well for you. The cover art is wonderful. I really liked Jase’s character as well, I remember thinking not even Stephanie Perkins writes guys with this much ‘non-drama’! Lol, he was just 100% dreamy. :-)

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