October 22, 2015

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door 
Huntley Fitzpatrick
394 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers
Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
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5/5 Stars
"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.

This is probably going to be Sam gushes part 2, because I TOTALLY LOVED THIS BOOK! It's a super sweet contemporary about Samantha Reed falling for her next door neighbor who's family is nothing like hers. I can't believe this book came out 3 years ago and I only just read it. My Life Next Door started out on a high note for me just because the main character and I, Samantha, are name twins! But anyways, this is so much more than just a cute contemporary about two teens in love. It explores themes outside of the romantic relationship such as family, friendship, and loyalty.

Jase is practically everyone's dream guy. Sweet, understanding, hot, brilliant, hard-working. I lurrvedddddd him. Literally, someone bring me a Jase. I hope one day to have a guy as caring, forgiving, and involved as him. 

The two families who are the main focus are the Reeds, Samantha's family, and the Garretts, Jases family. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett are amazing parents, and act as a foil to Sam's mom. Sam's family is comprised of only her mom and herself. The Garretts are a close knit family while Sam's mom is rather cold and not very understanding of Samantha. She is also extremely judgmental. Ms Reed is also a politician, and is very focused on her work. Once Sam and Jase are together Sam begins to spend lots of time with the Garretts and they become like a second family to her. Sam's mom is just not a good parent. She really pissed me off because she was so unreasonable and acts crazy (you know, when she did that one thing, which led to other things...)

Sam and Jase are so much fun to read and are so adorable. I was awwing starting at Sam and Jases first conversation and I sort of just never stopped throughout the whole book  Huntley Fitzpatrick did a really good job at developing the relationship & making it realistic. She's so so good with writing first times. I also found myself laughing out loud at quite a few instances while reading and I love when a book can truly make me laugh.

Now I can finally say that I've read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it! But I don't plan on reading the other two books by her set in this world because they just don't interest me.

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