My Life Next Door
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publication date: June 14, 2012
Dial Books for Young Readers, 385 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Oh, my word. Parts of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick made me wish I had a glass of Sam’s mom’s famous lemonade to help me cool down.
If you are a fan of kissing books – and ooh, boy, you know I am – this is THE ULTIMATE.
My Life Next Door had everything I like in a good contemporary romance: class conflicts, forbidden love, cool cars, beaches, trellis-climbing, country clubs AND MORE.
Plus, the Garretts were, hands down, my FAVORITE book family, ever. By far. I want them to be real.
But…you just know shit is going to hit the fan, right? Romances like this would be a snoozefest if something didn’t go down. And when it did go down…oooh I don’t quite know how I feel about it. I’m still reeling.
I loved this book, but I’m so shocked and upset about the ending and there’s so much to digest that I have to admit I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. I do know that certain aspects of the storyline moved too quickly for me at this point, and I think that some major plot points were left hanging.
So be warned about the end. But read it anyway! I MEAN IT!