Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review: My Life Next Door by: Huntley Fitzpatrick

Release Date: June 14, 2012 from Dial Books
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"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."

My Thoughts:

My Life Next Door is a very sweet and heartwarming story. It also has the ability to break your heart and crush you when everything falls apart. It is the kind of book where you easily become invested in the characters and what happens to them. 

Falling in love with the Garrett family is incredibly easy. They are so vivacious and full of life that you just want to become a part of their family. I loved the lifestyle the Garretts lived. It was chaotic and crazy but still beautiful as well despite all their trouble. Jase Garrett is an absolute sweetheart and any girl will fall head over heels in love with his character. He is very easygoing and what anyone would wish for in a first love. I distinctly remember thinking “where were these guys when I was in high school?” My favorite Garrett was the four year old George. He was absolutely adorable with his random facts and fears. I wanted to reach inside the book and hug him. 

Samantha was not what I expected her to be. She was real and relatable and while she made mistakes, she also tried to atone for them. She is faced with some very tough decisions over the course of the book, and I was always proud of the choices she made. She never took the easy way out and always tried to do what she thought was right. 

The romance between Jase and Samantha was incredibly sweet and well…. romantic. It was not in any way shape or form insta-love. Their love grows over the course of the story and deepens with time. You are able to see it go from easy flirting with butterflies to become something very deep and meaningful. It is how first love should be portrayed and it is portrayed realistically. 

I do have one complaint with My Life Next Door and that is in regards to Samantha’s BFF Nan. First, I hate her name. Second, I hate her. I don’t know if it is this book in particular or just that I feel like this happens a lot and this is the last straw for me. However I feel that a lot of the time the best friend in the book is a self-centered or terrible person. Nan was this kind of best friend, but worse than any I have read before. I would never put up with a friend like Nan. She is self-centered and envious of Samantha for things that are not in her control. Samantha has always been there for Nan, so she really has no reason to pull the crap she does. I would never put up with someone like Nan. Maybe I am just spoiled because my best friend has never and would never act like this, or maybe I am just lucky. I will say that I was happy with the route Nan and Samantha’s relationship took. On the other hand, I absolutely loved Nan’s brother Tim.

Overall, My Life Next Door is a great contemporary romance read. I am very picky with my contemporary romances because I am more of a paranormal gal, but this book came highly recommended from Magen at Corrie The Book Crazed Girl (Do you follow her? Cause you should) and I trust her opinion so I gave it a go. I am very glad I did. It is a great story that will both break and warm your heart. 


  1. I've had this one for a few months, and am dying to read it. I'm glad you liked it, despite Nan. Great review!

  2. Teresa, this was an amazing review and you hit every point of it spot on! I felt the same way about it! I loved that Sam and Jace's romance wasn't insta-love, it grew and developed. I love books like that. It's realistic and more relate-able.

    I also adored Sam and Jace as characters. I absolutely loved the Garrett family, and it made me wish I could be a part of their crazy, chaotic household. And little George! I wanted to hug him, and put him in my pocket and carry him with me everywhere!!!

    I also agree about Nan, hated her with a passion. She got on my nerves.

    I am so glad you enjoyed this book! I always get nervous when someone else reads a book I recommend and love, and then they don't like it. But I am so happy you did!

    And I am so baking you a cake, I don't know how I'll get it to you but I am so making you a red velvet cake!!! You are awesome and rock my socks Teresa :)

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the Book Crazed Girl

    1. YAY red velvet!!!!! Magen! Seriously I dont think I have every been disappointed with any of the books you recommend me. You are like book supplier haha

      This comment was lovely by the way =]

  3. GAHHHH....I still have to read this book. It's been sitting on my shelf for a while now. The thing is though, I heard it makes you cry, and after reading Pushing the Limits, I didn't want to go through it again....but your review has me in knots. I want to jump up and grab this and start it ASAP! I want to know more about Samantha and Jase.

    Plus, I completely agree with the best friends turning out to be b*tches! So, I understand why you wouldn't like her. Even though I don't know her, I don't like her already. D: Thanks for the heads up about that.

    I am so happy you enjoyed this! Now, I have piece of mind so I can start this soon. YAY!


    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. Yea, you will probably cry... I did. And I completely understand not wanting to start it right after Pushing the Limits, that is just too much emotion lol. But I dont think this one is really like Pushing the Limits. Yea, both are contemporary, but they are very different from each other.

      I deff think you will enjoy it, its fun if nothing else.


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