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 – Goodreads
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick was an excellent summer read that was both engaging and layered.
Things I Loved:
• The Garretts! I think they are the ultimate high point because !!!!!!! how wonderful were they?! It was the easiest thing to love them. They are such a large and vibrant family and I was so completely charmed by their energy and interactions. Above all the fun, though, they are so supportive of each other and so full of love. I found it refreshing to find such a strong family dynamic present throughout the book and yes…nothing but love for the Garretts! I’m glad Huntley Fitzpatrick could create such a heartwarming and delightful family.
• The relationship between Sam and Jase was wonderful throughout. There was a lot of sweetness, but Huntley Fitzpatrick also tackled some heavier situations with them and I really loved the honesty between them. Yay for a healthy relationship!
• Jase, that incredible boy! I won’t even bother describing him beyond that because he’s just amazing all around. Why, oh, why didn’t I ever have a next door neighbor like him?
• Tim! He was probably the biggest surprise for me as I didn’t expect to form as strong of an attachment as I did. I really liked the growth of his character.
• I would be lying if I said that I loved Sam throughout, because there were definitely moments when she frustrated me, but it was easy to understand her fears and uncertainty. She really struggles between right and wrong and I think she came out a stronger, more mature person from everything thrown her way.
Things I Didn’t Like:
• Grace Reed, Sam’s mother. She made my blood boil, she was so horrible! Still, though I did not like her one bit, I liked how Huntley Fitzpatrick had a strong focus on her character and the relationship she had with her family.
• The only major issue I found with My Life Next Door was the missing resolution to a few lingering questions I had. Perhaps there will be a sequel or companion where I’ll get my answers, I don’t know, but I wish these loose ends had been tied up.
Overall, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick had so many great elements that made it one of my recent contemporary favorites. There is so much that I enjoyed and I am definitely looking forward to reading whatever Huntley Fitzpatrick writes next.
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