Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
My Rating: 4/5 stars
“The Garretts were my bedtime story, long before I ever thought I’d be part of the story myself.”
“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.
Also thank you to Anisha for allowing me to use her photo for my feature image <3.
I loved reading this book. It had so many adorable moments and I fell in love with Jase so quickly. Reading this made me realise how much I wish I got to know my neighbours and it reminded me of how much I love contemporaries, since I haven’t been reading much of that genre lately.
Samantha is kind, smart and rich but she lets others tell her what to do, especially her mother. Throughout the novel, you could see the development in Sam’s character because she learns to stand up to her mother. At times Sam was frustrating because she was moping around and wouldn’t tell Jase the truth. Jase is just perfect. He’s so fun to be around and is understanding. Jase has such a different point of view to the world then most males. I need a Jase in my life but it’s such a shame he is only a fictional character L At first I didn’t like Tim’s character, but now, after reading this, I really like him. He is a great friend even with his own problems. I’d love to have a best friend like Tim, minus all the smoking, alcohol and drugs. I don’t really know what to feel about Nan. I don’t like her much because she cheated on her essays and she dumped Sam as a friend because she couldn’t ‘keep up’ with her. But I admire Nan’s ability to work hard for what she wants. Let’s just say My Life Next Door just got me to add a new boy to my fictional boyfriend list.
I had trouble reading the heated scenes because it was poorly written and made me feel uncomfortable. I also would have liked to know what the gender and name of the baby Mrs Garrett was going to have and if Nan and Sam ever tried to smooth out their friendship.
But other than that, the book was overall well-written and I can already foresee myself reading more of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books in the future, especially when I want to read a cute contemporary. I think there is a companion novel coming out for this soon. I’ll definitely check that out. Plus the cover to this is just adorable!