Series: My Life Next Door #1
Publisher: Dial on June 14, 2012
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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.
“’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.
“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.