Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Posted 4 February, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 5 Comments

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Series: My Life Next Door #1
Publisher: Dial on June 14, 2012
Source: Library
Pages: 400
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"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.

Favorite Quote(s):

“’Shhhh.’  He pulls on my lower lip gently with his teeth, then fits his mouth to mine. First so careful, and then so deep and deliberate, that I can’t think of anything at all but his smooth back under my hands.”

“’Um. So … Are we going to study?’ Jase slides his thumbs behind my ears, rubbing the hollow at their base. He’s only inches from my face, still looking into my eyes. ‘You bet. I’m studying you.’”

Favorite Character: Jase. He’s so cute and sweet and athletic and just all around a good guy.
First Line:

“The Garretts were forbidden from the start.”

My Musings: I have to say, I’ve heard many great things about this book, so I had high expectations. However, this book exceeded them. This is one of the best contemporary romance books I have ever read–it may even be number one. Fitzpatrick created a romance that was both realistic as well as extremely adorable. The characters, Jase and Samantha, go through ups and downs in their relationship, which makes it more relatable.

Samantha Reed is the ‘princess’, even though she acts nothing like one. Samantha is one of those girls who will do what she’s told, and she works hard for and exceeds in the things that she does. Although some had the misconception that she was a spoiled princess who didn’t have to work for anything and got everything that she wanted, she was not that at all. She worked hard for the things that she accomplished.

Jase Garrett is the cute handyman next door. He’s a truly great guy, super nice and polite, as well as an athlete. The thing that stood out to me the most about Jase was his relations with his family. It was amazing to see–er, read– and I can honestly say that he would do anything and everything for the sake of his family. I loved these two character’s relationship. They were both slightly naive, and they figured out romance together. My absolute favorite scene was them going condom shopping together–it showed the relaxed side of their relationship, as well as the innocence.

I liked the other characters in the novel as well, amongst them being Tim and George. George was the cutest little kid ever. He was intellectual and curious, something you don’t see often in a four year old child. Tim, Tim was a great character, and I loved seeing him grow and better himself. He turned his life around from drugs and booze, and became a large figure in Jase and Samantha’s life.

I have to say, I wasn’t expecting the conflict in this story. It was unexpected, and it really put the characters to the test. It created trying times, and it showed everyone’s true colors. However, I am very happy with how the novel ended up. It shows that together, you can work through anything, and that honesty is the best policy.

My Life Next Door was a great and fun read. Fitzpatrick created an intriguing tale of first love and family that is a must read for any girl.

5 Stars
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5 Responses to “Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick”

  1. Okay, so this review was one of the main reasons I picked up this book and I am so glad I did. It really was a great read. And the heaviness of the material at the end just blew me away. I can’t even imagine being put into the position. So thank you for writing a stellar review so I felt compelled to pick this book up!

  2. I’m so glad you loved this book as much as I did–it totally got me to fall back in love with YA contemporary and I’ve been obsessed with reading more of this genre since! Though none have lived up to My Life Next Door–it’s definitely one of my all-time favorites :)

  3. RIN

    Oh, it’s good to hear that you had high expectations for this book and that it even exceeded those! I’ve also heard a lot of good things about this book. i just won it in a giveaway and am VERY excited for when ti arrives.

  4. I totally agree, this book is so wonderful. It was in my top 5 books from last year. I too loved the condom shopping scene. The quotes you posted above make me want to go read the book again.

  5. I just found out about this book recently and I am very excited to read it. I have only read a few YA contemporaries, but this one really looks great. Your review made me want to read it even more!

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