Book: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis (via. 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.
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I really enjoyed reading this book! I happened to come across it at a half-price book store and had some money left on my giftcard, so I bought it because it sounded cute.
I am SO glad I bought it!
As soon as I finished it, I was looking up the author to see if she had any other books because I really liked her writing style. I found that she had a followup book that went along with My Life Next Door, so I ran out to Barnes & Noble to get it. That’s how much I liked the first book.
I like this story because there is so much more to it than your typical summer romance. There’s the star-crossed lovers aspect, as she (Sam) is from a proper, uptight house of a senator and he (Jase) is in the loud, messy house next door, “one of those Garretts”.
But shortly into the book, you become fascinated with the Garrett family, just like Sam did. You want to know what goes on in their crazy busy life. You fall in love with the family, especially little George. You just want to know more about them, and like Sam, can’t help but be intrigued.
The relationship Sam and Jase have is a very honest one, which I think is admirable. They’re super open with each other and you can tell he likes her for her, whereas some of her previous boyfriends/relationships wanted her to change and her family wants her to be someone she really isn’t. I liked getting to see their relationship unfold and loved that Jase had seen her when she thought no one else did. They just worked really well together, I thought.
Another aspect in this story is the issues within Sam’s family. Her mother is so focused on the election that she often does the wrong thing and Sam is left to pick up the pieces.
I just felt this book was deep and had a lot of meaning to it, while also being a fun summer read.
I really, really liked this book and definitely recommend it!