Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers.
Release Date: June 14, 2012.
“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.
My Life Next Door is the kind of book that I don't see enough of. It has the "butterflies in your tummy" kind of romance, the gasp-worthy drama, the sexy steaminess that I thought only Jennifer Echols had the guts to write and SO MUCH MORE. It pretty much has everything that I want in a contemporary YA. So this should go without saying that I LOVED IT SO MUCH.
Let me get this out of the way: JASE JASE JASE JASE OMG OMG OMG. Okay, I'm good. If you haven't noticed, I'm a bit in love with his character. I do love my dark, brooding boys, but I'm kind of happy that the good, normal boys of YA seem to be trending a lot in 2012 so far. His relationship with Sam is written perfectly. It's so natural and progressing. (HURRAH NO INSTALOVE!) And Sam! I didn't love her as much as I loved Jase (I don't think any girl reading this will ....) but I love how authentic she was. She's definitely flawed, but there's a huge evolvement with her as the story goes on and by the end of the book, I wanted to clap for her. And the Garretts! I have a twin brother and that has always been enough for me but this book made me want to be a part of a huge family like that. They were a bright light in the midst of all the drama and definitely a bit of a comic relief when things got a bit too heavy.
Also, this book is totally unpredictable. I started to think it was just a slow, romantic story about Sam and Jase but OH NO. Something BIG happens and when it happened, I didn't see it coming AT ALL. It's a turning point in the story and it definitely takes the book to a whole new level.
Overall, My Life Next Door is my definition of a perfect contemporary. Huntley Fitzpatrick - with her crazy writer talent - made me fall in love with such a huge cast of characters and had me skipping obligations and work to devour this story. It's dramatic, heartfelt, emotional, funny, romantic and sexy. I don't care what kind of reader you are, I definitely urge you to pick this one up because I thought it was nothing short of amazing. And most certainly a perfect summer/beach read!
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