Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Source:  Purchased
Genre: YA-Contemporary/Romance
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Date Published: June 14, 2012
Number of Pages: 394

"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.  (from Goodreads)

Things I loved about this book:
1.  Samantha never needlessly complained.
2.  Jase was probably the perfect guy, and never pushed her to do anything.
3.  The Garrets were the family I have always wanted (big, loud, and very present in their children's lifes, not that my parents weren't awesome!)
4.  Andy and her boy problems
5.  Karma is a bitch.

I guessed the plot twist of the book instantly halfway through the book.  That's okay, and it's not your typical "they breakup over something stupid" tagline that a lot of YA has.  Samantha's mother, however, was pretty damn shitty as far as parents go.  You feel bad for her, and hope she'll overcome this. 

Seriously, though.  This book was amazing!!  Jase was so perfect, and reminded me of my husband.  George and Patsy were adorable, and I see a lot of my daughter in Patsy.  Mr. and Mrs. Garret warmed my heart and made me smile with how caring they were towards Samantha.

This was such a quick, easy read.  Why didn't I pick this up sooner?!?!  

                                      5 out of 5 Happy Clouds :)


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