My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Release Date: June 14th 2012
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary Romance / ChickLit
"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.
Five major reasons why this book deserves a round of applause:
First is the author successfully created a setting in which I’m sure every reader would feel ‘at home’ with.
Second, the book was amazingly written in a sense that the author lets each character’s personality sink in to its readers and as you flip through its pages you connect more with them as they go through the twists and turns in their everyday lives.
Third, Jase Garrett, the cute guy next door and Samantha Reed, the girl protagonist, doesn’t swear those typical cheesy eternal love promises on each other, in which made me classify their whole relationship as non-overrated, thank goodness. And they’re actually cute together.
“You have to kiss me," I find myself saying.
"Yeah." He leans closer. "I do.”
Fourth, you gotta love the genius George Garrett and his never ending questions about anything.
Fifth, because this is the only book I know in where I find an actual wreck of a person completely appealing--Tim Mason, a friend of both protagonists.
“Why do all the hot girls want the jocks and the good boys? We losers are the ones that need you.”
I enjoyed being a part of Samantha’s gradual family relationship build-up with the Garretts. It made me feel as if I was brought up in a neighborhood I had no idea of, until I’ve read this. It’s very first pages let me experience the kind of sensation as if I’m watching the characters and their routines in a small window and then boom! Suddenly, at the middle part of the book, I’ve been sucked in all the happenings next door. It’s like little by little you’d become part of the Garretts and then you just can’t get enough of being in their fun and crowded residence! Reading this book was such a delight!
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 everyone always had their nose in a book. 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, was 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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MY LIFE NEXT DOOR BY HUNTLEY FITZPATRICK
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