Friday, June 21, 2013

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick [Review]

My Life Next Door5 out of 5 Robots!

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Contemporary YA
Release: June 12, 2012
Hardcover: 362 Pages
Publisher:Dial Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.

Shannon's Thoughts:
My Life Next Door is an amazing debut and a perfect summer read.  I fell completely in love with the characters and I liked that most of the teenagers were good kids.  Samantha doesn't fall in love with a bad boy.  She falls in love with the sensitive, family centered, responsible boy next door. The romance between them is sweet and caring. Huntley Fitzpatrick really got the excitement of first love and the possibilities of summer when you are a teenager. 

But it isn't all dreamy.  Huntley Fitzpatrick also writes about real issues too: lose of virginity, family problems, drug/alcohol addiction, conflict and growing apart.  The relationship between Samantha and her mom was very tense.  I wanted to yell at her mom so bad.  She was really kind of awful!  I was also surprised by the turn of events near the end.  I did not see that coming!  And it certainly didn't help me feel any warmer or fuzzier towards Samantha's mom. 

I think this was probably one of the best contemporary YA's I've read.  It is a perfect summer read.

1 comment :

  1. I love this book so much. Glad you loved it, too ♥



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