Tuesday, September 1, 2015

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick | Book Review

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 

Reading Group Rating: High School Upperclassman 

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: 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?

Cover: Pretty simple cover.  A boy and girl together clearly all lovey dovey in front of a fence.  The fence that separates their two houses.  I like that it's really bright and colorful.  It just seems so happy.  The spine of the book is also really cute.  It's white and blue stripes.

My Review: I loved this story.  It was the perfect summer read!  I just loved how different the two families were, but how Jase and Samantha are able to come together and love each other!  Every single word out of George's mouth made me laugh and I fell in love with him very quickly.  I loved how different all of the Garrett's were and I think that coming from a big family (not as big as the Garrett's) I was able to relate to that.  The fact that, yes, we are all brothers and sisters, but we're also our own person, but we will also stand together when needed.  The only thing that kind of threw me off was that on the back cover it talks about 'an impossible decision' that Samantha has to make, which happens, but until the very end of the book.  So many different things happen in this book that by the time you get to that point in the book it's almost not as big of a deal as you might think.  Maybe because it's resolved relatively quickly?  Don't get me wrong, it was a major point in the book and I was glad that it was resolved so quickly, I think I was just surprised it happened so late in the book.  This book covers a lot about relationships; friends, family, boyfriends/girlfriends, addiction.  They are all woven throughout this story so naturally and realistically, I absolutely loved it!  I couldn't put this book down.  I read it in two days and then reread my favorite parts.  I would definitely recommend it to someone who was looking for a good, quick summer read.

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