June 07, 2012

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick -- Guest Post!

My Favorite Books at ages 5, 11, 16 and 19.

When I was five, I loved Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan
by E. B. White. My father would read to me before bed, and I would
fall asleep to the sound of his gentle voice and the reassuring words
about how beautiful life was and feel so safe and happy.

At eleven, I was so curious about growing up and falling in love, but
felt so far away from it. I loved Madeleine L’Engles Austin Series
(Meet the Austins, The Moon by Night, The Young Unicorns, A Ring of
Endless Light) because the protagonist of those was as curious and
clueless as I felt…but a lot more articulate about it.

By sixteen, I was away at boarding school and my best friend and I had
discovered romance novels. I loved them—both the beautifully written
parts, and the parts that we couldn’t stop laughing about.  My mother
was reticent about talking about love and kissing and etc….I learned a
lot from those books. Years later, when I edited romance novels, it
was like a dream come true.

By nineteen, I had discovered mysteries and fallen in love with
England, and I loved P.D. James and Josephine Tey and Dorothy
Sayers—all of them had complicated plots, beautiful writing, and a
touch of romance.

About the author:

Huntley Fitzpatrick grew up dreamy and distracted in coastal Connecticut, attended Concord Academy and Yale. She flourished in a family of bookworms where the library was always the most important room in the house. She kept an exhaustively thorough journal which frightened her boyfriends but has proved very useful in her career as a writer. Her debut contemporary Romance, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, will be published in June of 2012 by Penguin-Dial for Young Readers. Now she laughs with and eavesdrops on her six children who provide her with perspective and material. She is represented by the amazing Christina Hogrebe of the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

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About My Life Next Door

 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.


  1. That is so cool that you remember all of those. :D

  2. There's soo many books that I want to read this Summer! My Life Next Door is definitely on my to-read list! :)


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