Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Life Next Door By Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Pages: 395
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 14, 2012

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Summary: (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.

*May Contain Spoilers* 

I think I fell in love with this book! The entire story stole my heart from beginning to end! It shows that love can win in any circumstances! This is the BEST contemporary's I have read this year. The characters are easy to connect with and we all go through this stage. I loved the plot, characters, the romance between Sam and Jase. I was very excited to read this book when I first saw the cover because it really one of my top favorite covers that I could stare at all day. My Life Next Door was dramatic with its ups and downs and left me wanting more of Sam & Jase's story. This is the perfect summer read! Its a definite re-read!

Throughout the entire novel which is told from Samantha's 's point of view, which was really well written. I loved how she described this summer and to even finally meet her HOT next door neighbor Jase and his big family which consists of altogether 8 children + 2 parents. I loved their family dynamic because sometimes it would sound like my family but with 4 less kids. From the first moment we meet Jase Garrett is the falling in love moment because he is handsome and would do anything with Samantha. It was adorable reading about them and the progress of their relationship throughout the entire book with their ups and downs. Jase is down to earth, friendly, protective, loves animals and sexy in his own way! The Garrett family is one everyone can connect with because many families now a days have big families. I loved all the children! George was soo cute!!

Sam is very independent and doesn't rely on her mother for anything in the book, until near the end. I found Sam mother to be stuck up and her initial reaction of when the Garrett's first move in 10 years ago still is there. Compared to Sam who used to look out her window and want to be a part of the craziness. Compared to her family which consists of her sister Tracy and her mom. We also see Samantha's moms boyfriend Clay who also is in the novel. It was up to date with all the events that were going on during the summer it takes place and the scene was perfect to imagine. I was on the edge during some of the book and it was worth it because it is a AWESOME book!!  Huntley Fitzpatrick is one talented writer who knows how to create a memorable book for young adults because this one is the perfect read.  

The plot was great, it was never boring and I loved how Huntley shows that beginning of Samantha's and Jase relationship, there isn't the insta-love, it developed at a normal pace which every couple does grow through. It was romantic how Jase and Samantha fell in love. Their relationship allows us to see also the changes that come along the way once Samantha meets Jase, he has opened up the world to her. As the obstacles come into place Samantha and Jase's relationship is tested at the hardest times. It was emotional at times but I was rooting for these two to come together. These two are soo cute!! As rating the novel there is not many swearing and there is a little sexuality (not graphic) and some other things that teenagers do on weekends.

I love the writing! Huntley is by far up on the list of favorite writers, she is soo sweet and friendly, I would love to meet her. My Life Next Door is brilliant and I know its one book that I will re-read over and over again!! I am looking forward to Huntley's future books. I recommend this book to anyone!! I was very happy with the end. Characters were amazing and the plot was very well developed! With this book you can read it in one day. Perfect summer read and you will also love this book! Be sure to buy this one!! 

My Rating: 5/5


  1. Oh, this book looks so good and the cover is so pretty! I can't wait to read it.

    Great review!

  2. I just read it and loved it. It felt like a book by Judy Blume. (My fav author!) Excellent read and excellent writing!

  3. I'll be honest, I didn't read your whole review because I was avoiding spoilers but I have this sitting on my Kindle and I want to read it so bad. I'm glad to see you gave it 5 Stars!!! Maybe it'll move up my list quicker now!


  4. it looks like a great book! i must read this now! even if i have to postpone my summer reading for school (shh! don't tell my parents!) the cover is so beautiful!

  5. I LOVED this book! I love the characters, the story, the writing, everything. It's something that will stay with me forever:)

  6. Her mom's EVIL!! From everything i've read about her, she sounds evil. :D But I can't wait to read it. :D

  7. Loved your review, absolutely need to read this :)

  8. I haven´t read many contemp novels this year and this sounds good. I need to add it to my TBR list.
    Like your review!

  9. I'm SO glad that you ended up liking this book! I've heard some meh type reviews, but after reading your review, I'm sure that I'm going to go out and buy this one! It sounds totally fabulous. =) I love how there's no insta-love, that's a huge plus for me! Because I absolutely hate insta-love. =p

    Anyways, fabulous review!

  10. Because of your review, I would like to grab a hold of this book and read it myself! :) OSM!

  11. I'm really on the fence about this book, but I think your review and rating might of pushed me to the "READ ME" side. Thanks for the great review! :]

  12. Great review. It will go into my TBR list. Even though I am an older woman, I think stories like these will appeal to all, at least a throwback to our younger days.

  13. This book sounds good. thanks for sharing review:)

  14. This book sounds really good!! :) My friend read it few days ago and she says it's amazing!! :) Now I can't wait to read it!

  15. I'm reading this now and loving it. great review!

  16. Great review, this sounds like a great read and I love relationships that take time to develop. Adding this to my wishlist


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