Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick

Publisher:  Dial Books For Young Readers
Release Date: June 14th 2012
Pages: 394
Read in: 1 day

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.

My Life Next Door was a funny, hectic, and enjoyable contemporary read that'll have you smiling, cheering, and shaking your head all while thanking your family for resembling some aspect of normal. I found myself hysterically laughing at some points in the story. Which I thought was a really good technique on Fitzpatrick's part. In my opinion, he was able successfully communicate the Garrett's quirkiness and hectic day-to-day routines. From Mrs. Garrett's breast feeding on the porch to George, Jase's little brother's, infatuation with astronomy straight down Alice, Jase's older sister, frequent escapades. The characters were also beautifully developed! I mean, honestly, coming from a teenager (ME) - we're awkward, dramatic, and extremely emotional but together we make a hell of an amazing novel.

I didn't dislike anything in this book - at all. There were no absolutes, it was definitely not insta-love, and if I may, I'd just like to state that there seemed to be an absence of paper-flat characters.
What's that I hear? I'm sorry is that a ... A what? A little bit louder, please? Oh! A five star! I'm sorry I thought I heard you ask if I loved My Life Next Door. In that case, my answer would be "Heck, yeah". To-read, To-borrow, To-love, To-everything! Just make sure you get your hands on this amazing novel! (PLUS: Isn't that cover beautiful?! )


  1. I read this book too. I thought it was a great read. Although, I gave it a four star. I didn't like the whole druggie-friend aspect. He was blunt and kind of ... underdeveloped? Thanks for the great review gals!

  2. Heey Pamela! We were kind of iffy with that aspect, too! We weren't sure what to think of it, so we just kind of breezed through those parts. You're most welcome (:

  3. I loved this book too. Great review! :)

  4. It was an amazing read. Thanks Nancy! Thanks for the follow by the way, we've returned the favor. Love your blog <3

  5. This sounds like a really cute, romantic read! And I guess it must have been really good if you read it in a day! Must find a copy of this to read for myself ;)

  6. You're right. The cover is beautiful and after your review I'm adding it to my goodreads "to read" list!

  7. Yeah for sure, it was. Great! Hope you like it as much as we did (: