Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Pages: 396 pages
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Published on: June 14th 2012
Source: Purchased from Fully Booked
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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.
(Summary from Goodreads)


Jase and Samantha's relationship have made it into my Radical Relationship Rink. We all have one. The list we make and put all the memorable and tear-jerking relationships we've read about. Yep, they're up there. Along with Helen & Lucas, Kelsey & Kishan (yes, I know she belongs with Ren but I still love them.) Jace & Clary and Theresa & Will. *YUM!!* It's one of those dreamy, perfect relationships where both have already kind of wanted each other. Sam was really interested not only on Jase, but on his whole family as well. And Jase on the other hand, has also wondered about their mysterious, detached neighbors. The timing is perfect, too. Just when Sam feels as if she's going to explode with the issues of her life, Jase comes in and swoops her off her feet. I love how you can actually see and feel the love radiating from the book. It isn't just the normal boy-girl relationship either. You get all sorts of relationship issues. Issues with parents, siblings and even friends. I admire how this book also demonstrated higher moral values like admitting to faults, no matter what the consequences are. This book also had a sense of realism like when Sam was asked would she even care if the accident happened to a normal person and not one she was involved with. Overall, I liked the general mushy-ness and the real-time issues in the book.

Read this if you want a good laugh and light romance in the air.

P.S. Although it did have some realism, I don't think everyone will have a prince charming come to us in our times of need. But hey, it IS a romance novel. :P 



  1. I love all of those couples especially Helen and Lucas, and I get what you are saying, that perfect relationship between the meant-to-be couples. Ah, I definitely keep an eye on this one. Great review =)

    1. Oh how I wish I get to have one of those two. Romance and a hot boy? Yes, please! Haha!

      Thank you so much for dropping by! :)