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June 21, 2012

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
Hardcover, 395 pages
Expected publication: June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers


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.

I’ve been reading some really amazing books lately! My Life Next Door is definitely one I am adding to my TOP 2012 MUST-READ list.

I don’t have one complaint about this book except that I wish it didn’t end. I was so trapped in the story I didn’t want to be set free. Keep me there please! I want back in! This is a book that I can pick up once a year and reread it and it will still feel fresh and new to me. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of it and now I cannot wait to own a finished copy.

My Life Next Door has plenty of teenage drama, family issues, romance, and a tragedy to keep you entertained until the very end. I think that a lot of readers will find that they can easily relate to the characters, too. This might come off a bit weird, but I felt like a teenager again while reading My Life Next Door. I loved it!

Characters: A+ - I want to be Samantha.
Plot: A+
Writing: A
Entertaining: A+
Pace: A
Cover: B

Need I say more? If Fitzpatrick’s future books are anything like this one, I want to read them all.

I loved it. The End.


  1. I've been DYING to read this one. Maybe I should just go order it up right now...

  2. I cannot wait to read this book! I wish I'm not broke to buy a copy XD i'm definitely getting this one!

    We Fancy Books

  3. Sounds good. I love finding those books that you can read again and again.

  4. I really want to read this book! And I'm in love with the cover!

  5. I really loved this books as well, Jase was just...*sigh* he was an amazing character! So glad you loved this one too!

  6. Like the short review :) I think the thing that intrigues me the most about this book is the description of the neighboring family as being big, boisterous, emotive, etc - everything that her family is not... which is also everything that *my* family was not when I was growing up! My best friend was the oldest in a family with 4 kids, and they said "I love you" all the time - even brothers and sisters!! It sounds like the two families in this book may be like we were, 2 very different families :)

  7. I have been absolutely dying to get my hands on this novel. The characters sound like they really make this novel. I'm so excited to fall in love with them myself!

  8. I usually read the paranormals, but I might have to pick up this one. Thanks for the review post.

  9. I'm glad you liked it so much! I just ordered my copy today and can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review.

  10. Great review! I'm not a fan of contemporary genre but made me want to try this one. :)

  11. I read Contemporary sometimes and this one sounds like a story I should take time to read. Thanks for the review.

  12. Thanks for the review. I just may add this to my TBR list!

  13. Everyone loves this one...I guess I need to read it.


  14. I really need to try this one its nice to read something besides paranormal every once in a while!!!!

  15. Thanks for the great review! I've been wanting to read this book for awhile now :)

  16. I can't wait to read this! I finally bought my copy yesterday. :) Looking forward to meeting Jase's family!

  17. Ever since I first saw this on Goodreads, I've been dying to read it. It looks like a great contemporary read, love the premise. Haven't we all had those families we wish we were a part of. I think I'll completely agree with your review, "I want to be Samantha."

  18. This sounds really good! Thanks for the review.

  19. This sounds really good, thank you so much for the review...

  20. This one sounds perfect for summer. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

  21. Every time I see a new review for this it just makes me even more anxious to read it! I've been waiting months to finally get my hands on it and I just don't think I can wait any longer after this review. Looks like I'll be picking it up this week :)

  22. Oh I loved this one too! This is my new "recommend to random strangers" book. The Garretts are a wonderful "character"!

  23. It sounds just wonderful. Thanks for sharing your review.

  24. I am dying to read this book. The summary sounds amazing and I am so glad you liked it :D


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