Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Category: Contemporary
Genre: YA
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.

My review:

It took me awhile to write this review for this book.
Simply because I was busy, I am lazy and this was a great book, and I just couldn't put into words how much I truly enjoyed reading it.
I am very glad I picked it up.
Lately I have been in a contemporary romance mood, and so far I have read some great books!
My Life Next Door is one of those books.


The author, Huntley Fitzpatrick, really made a book worth dropping everything you are doing and you -must-read-this-now, kind of book!
The  story she created, was beautiful.
Beautifully written
Beautifully told.

Fitzpatrick developed a complex story, full of love, personal growth, finding one's self and discovering happiness.  It was filled with such diverse characters, an amazing story line, and heart.
Just from the first page, I was sucked in to the world of Samantha Reed. 

Fitzpatrick starts off this book amazingly, she pulls it along with a great pace and  introduces  the characters smoothly.
She was able to give the readers so much, to expire the story like you are actually one of the characters.

Samantha Reed's life, it's always been the same, she knows the routine of it and she never expects anything more. However, she has always felt like this wasn't her, this life her mother created for them, wasn't what she wanted. As Samantha watches her neighbor's the Garrett's, people her mother has deemed, a walking mess, Sam realizes, she longs for a life more like their's. 
That's when Jase Garrett enters her life, and from there, with twists and unexpected turns they are tested. They learn to love and to grow, and Sam finds out just who she is and how to stand on her two feet. 

As Sam gets closer to Jase and his family, her life is then turned upside down.
Sam has to learn to stand up for what is right and for her love.
By doing this, she proves to be a girl with pure strength.
Sam beings to realized in her family, she is just the audience. And she decides that isn't  who she is or who she wants to be.
Jase in a way, sets Sam free.
As the situation gets worse for Sam and the Garrett family, each character pulls through with amazing strength and clarity. 

There where a few things Sam did that frustrated me, I understood her actions to a point,
but still she did frustrated me. But when she stands-up for what is right, she becomes a heroine you will love.
I really grew fond of Samantha Reed, she  is a mature teenager. You get to see and experience that right off.  I don't know what it was but I really enjoyed Sam, even if she was considered spoiled in the book, she never gave me that vibe. All she wanted was to be herself, or really to find out who she was. She is a very easy character to like and Fitzpatrick created her with such depth.

Plus she's short, and I'm all for short characters :)
She was a relate-able, complex and very strong in the end. 

And then we have, oh my, Jase Garrett. His first appearance in the book  was random but made me know right off the bat Fitzpatrick created a guy the girl's are gonna swoon over :)
He had my heart racing at times 
Jase, is also a complex character, but unique in a way I can't really explain.
Again, Fitzpatrick knows how to create interesting characters.
What really made me like him, he had humor, his randomness and his heart.
Plus, he's a handy man, what girl can resistance that 

Like Sam, he is a strong character, he knows what he wants and who he is.
His love for Sam, oh, it was beautiful! I really enjoyed how Jase and Samantha meet, very random but  sweet and cute. 
I loved not only how Jase and Sam interacted, but how each character acted in the book. Each one the author created is  unique  and  diverse. 
They felt  real to me.
I also really enjoyed the vast differences the author makes between the Reed family and the Garrett family.  Loved each member of the Garrett family but really I loved little George! I just wanted to hug him!!!
And Alice! I didn't like her sometimes, but she is very.. different and refreshing!

The Garrett's are a real family and they take Sam in, make her one of their own and she discovers who she is and what she wants. Not only does Jase help Sam, but his family does, too.
I also really enjoyed seeing how the Garrett family interacted with each other. They are special and heart warming! 
Each character has a special place in my heart.

I felt so connected to them, loved their characters and the author did an amazing job portraying them.
This was another book where the character had an amazing inner dialogue and when you enter Sam's mind, she is so interesting and unique and funny!

Fitzpatrick knows how to write swoon/sweet/aw'ing/ steamy scenes!!
And she balanced the drama out with humor, and swoon worthy moments. 

However, as much as I loved this book, the ending didn't hit it for me,  I did love it, but it felt like there should of been more. 
I felt like it wasn't a resolved enough ending.

But over all great, this book is a light-hearten summer read .

My Life Next Door is a romance book for those who love no real angst filled drama, with strong characters and an intriguing plot. 
The author created an amazing story with a great mix of humor, drama, family disaster and love.

I've been picking up some really good reads lately and this one didn't disappoint!
I recommend this book for those who just love contemporary romances with characters you easily fall in love with and a guy you wish was real.


  1. That golden girls gif is priceless! I have a few books I need to read first, but then it is deff this one. Great review!

    1. That's my all time fav gif!!
      I hope you get around to reading this book, it's good!

      Thank you!

  2. Great review! I'm so happy you loved this book too. Just picked up a hardcover copy today since I loved this book so much and wanted a copy for my shelf. I loved the characters and how complex they were. Also yes totally loved Jase and how the relationship developed between him and Sam.

    1. I am going to have to get a hardcover of this book, it was so so good!!!
      The author did do an amazing job on the characters! loved that!



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