Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Review: My life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzapatrick
 Young Adult Realistic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.76
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers
Released On: June 14, 2012
Pages: 394

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


"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.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I missed this one when it came out, but was desperately wanting to read it. After reading Fitzpatrick's other novel What I Thought Happened, I was desperate to read this novel.

I wasn't disappointed. I adore how Fitzpatrick writes. This right here is contemporary fiction at its best.

Her characters are always so quirky and just so real.  Fitzpatrick isn't afraid to dive in and tackle the hard issues and I love that.

I adored Samantha Reed and Jase. They were so cute together and I loved watching them grow up. This book had a depth to it that I wasn't expecting. But then again it's Fitzpatrick and so I'm not surprised. A truly great read. 

I love books that make me think about something, books that leave me reflecting on what I read. That book did all that and more. Definitely recommend to fans of Dessen, Anderson, and Caletti.

So why 4 stars? There were some parts that just seemed a little bit forced for me, but I enjoyed it immensely. 

In Summary: A cute book about first-love, coming of age, and the sometimes tortured relations that families can have--all in one package that readers will not want to miss. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This book has several mentions to sex. It's not erotic or detailed, but there are vague mentions. For older teenagers. 

The Wrap-up: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. I can't wait to read the sequel about Tim. I just love him. 

Love,

Danica Page

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