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.
Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 394
Publishing Date: June 14th, 2012
My Life Next Door is a book that took me by surprise. This book is so much more than just a love story and it had such a bigger plot then I imagined and I really appreciated all of the issues that the author was able to focus on.
While there were a few aspects of this novel that I didn’t enjoy as much as I wish I could’ve, I thought that the characters in this book were very well-rounded and unique and the story itself was incredibly eventful and gripping.
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.
This book was incredibly plot-driven, which is something that I definitely was not expecting. While there was, of course, a ton of romance, there were also so many more aspects of the plot that really interested me. There were some points where it felt as if there was just continuous drama and, while some situations felt a bit over-done and unrealistic, I enjoyed the story nonetheless.
The only real issue that I had with this novel was the ending. It left so many questions unanswered, was very fast-paced, felt too good to be true, and I ended the book feeling as if certain characters didn’t develop much at all throughout the story.
The characters in this book were quite detailed and layered, and this is an aspect of this novel that I absolutely loved. I really appreciate when books have an entire cast of characters with different personalities and traits and it was really refreshing seeing this within a young adult contemporary novel. My favorite characters were probably Tim and Jase who were both fairly swoon-worthy and I really loved both of their characters.
“I don’t know. I didn’t have that choice. But I know what’s happening now. And I’m choosing to stay with you.”
As I mentioned earlier, there were some characters who didn’t really show any development at the end of the novel. However, there were also a couple of characters, particularly Samantha and Tim, who really evolved and I loved watching their character development.
Huntley Fitzpatrick’s writing style is insanely good and it was really captivating. This was such an easy read and, along with the many twists and turns that this story took, the writing made it hard to set the book down at all!
Overall, I think that while this book had its many ups and downs, it was definitely a good contemporary read. By concentrating on more than just a typical YA-romance, this author was able to really capture my attention and make the story feel like much more than just a book about teenagers falling in love. This book deals with politics, family issues, friendship issues, and much, much more.
So, have you read My Life Next Door? What did you think about it? Comment below!