Published by Speak
Pub Date: June 13th 2013
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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. :)