My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Format: I purchased a copy from Barnes and Noble.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Next-Door-Huntley-Fitzpatrick/dp/0142426040/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=2MYJ9R9JSNR4PNF9BYTE
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.
This was a book I waited a long time to read but I never got the chance to get my hands on it until I get it from Barnes and Noble when I was visiting Kansas City at the end of June.
Even though Samantha has the ‘hard life’ I think there are a lot of things that she could’ve done to prevent things to turn out the way that it did. Like she could’ve made an effort to get to know the Garretts way before she actually did.
Despite that, I really liked Sam as a character. She has the sweetest intentions for everyone else, just didn’t act on her instincts fast enough. I think she wanted the best for people, but didn’t know how to help them without hurting herself, or the people she cares about.
I really hated Clay. He had to have had other girlfriends that he was sleeping around with and even though he seemed to be 100% invested in the campaign, there was seriously something fishy about it. Also he was the one that told Senator Reed to drive away after she hit Mr. Garrett. He really is a bad influence to everyone around him and knows how to manipulate them.
An unlikely character for me to relate to was Nan and Tim, for very different reasons. I liked how Tim managed to be there for his friends when they needed him and was always happy to help out, but of course, with some choice comments.
Nan on the other hand, was very disappointing. I really expected her to be that person who was always there for Sam, especially when she needed her. Nan was surprisingly relatable to certain aspects.
I really, really like the Garrett’s family. With 8 kids, Mrs. Garrett had her hands full. I seriously don’t know how the heck she managed to handle them all. Among these 8 kids, are Jase, Samantha’s boyfriend, and little George, who made every situation better/worse, depending on how you looked at it. I really felt bad for George. He is just a curious little kid with an overload of facts and not enough people who will listen to him. (Hey, he’s like Curious George! Sorry, random observation--back to the review now)
Then just as Sam’s life is looking to be perfect again, a major decision affects everything and could mess up her entire life again. It doesn’t matter which side she chooses, something from her life would be gone.
Overall, I give the book an 8/10 (4/5 stars). The writing of the book was done really well and the overall plot was amazingly developed. The book holds to certain themes, including the importance of family and friends, and being honest. I recommend the book to anyone who likes reading YA contemporary romances, with some political ties into it.
So that’s it for this review. Let me know if you have read this book before and what you thought about it. As always, I will have more reviews and posts up soon! Don’t forget to follow me on the socials so we can talk there as well!
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