Fri, May 25, 2012

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick Review

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick book cover

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.

— 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!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Cindy said:

    I love kissing books 😀 I can’t wait to read this one, it sounds really good. Awesome review 🙂


    Posted on: Fri, May 25, 2012

  2. Book Angel Emma said:

    I NEED this book ;D


    Posted on: Fri, May 25, 2012

  3. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    REALLY looking forward to this book. I’m saving it for my vacation, but MAN OH MAN you make me want to read it right now!


    Posted on: Fri, May 25, 2012

  4. April Books & Wine said:

    This is TOTALLY on my read before BEA list. I am a huge fan of kissing books. And families. But not families and romantic kissing at the same time, lol gross.

    So pumped to dive into this one.


    Posted on: Fri, May 25, 2012

  5. Alissa said:

    Yay kissing book! I’ve been dying to read this one. MUST. HAVE.


    Posted on: Fri, May 25, 2012

  6. kit said:

    I hadn’t heard of this book until I read your review, but it sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review, I’ll definitely have to check it out!


    Posted on: Fri, May 25, 2012

  7. Hannah @ So Obsessed With said:

    A kissing book WITH an awesome family? Um, hello, sign me up right now! I’ve been dying to read it because the cover is so cute, and your review just makes me more excited about it. And I’m almost more curious because of what you wrote about the ending!


    Posted on: Fri, May 25, 2012

  8. Marie said:

    Your review just convinced me I need to read this!


    Posted on: Fri, May 25, 2012

  9. Lori said:

    I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to, but I adored the Garretts and THE KISSING! 🙂


    Posted on: Fri, May 25, 2012

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