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