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My Life Next Door

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My Life Next Door

I have always been the biggest sucker for young adult books. Huntley Fitzpatrick’s debut novel, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, is certainly no different. An endearing story of first love, Fitzpatrick is skilled at tugging on those heartstrings and making sure you wish you were 17 again.

"MY LIFE NEXT DOOR is arguably one of the best young adult novels out there. A reminiscent vibe of Sarah Dessen, it makes for the perfect summer --- or really, anytime --- read. The witty writing, (mostly) likable characters and consuming storyline make for an enjoyable reading experience throughout."

From the day that the Garretts moved in next door, Samantha Reed was fascinated. They were everything her family was not. While her mother thrived with control, perfection and cleanliness, the Garretts were messy, loud and chaotic. And while her family is perfect, Samantha realizes that the Garretts just might be perfect for her. She has always been the person to try to hold everything together, but what happens when she can’t anymore? Everyone she knows is dealing with some sort of crisis and needs her help with something --- her best friend, Nan, reveals a big secret that could affect Nan’s future; Nan’s brother has serious drug problems; and Samantha’s mother is dating someone new. And then there’s Jase, who doesn’t really want anything, except for Samantha.

Samantha always watched the Garretts. Little did she know that Jase watched her, too. When Jase finally decides to speak to her, it changes everything. There is just one fundamental issue --- Samantha’s mother, who is running for re-election, hates the Garretts. So when things between her and Jase become serious, Samantha decides to keep her relationship with him --- and the rest of the Garretts --- a secret from everyone important to her, until she can’t anymore.

A tragedy strikes the Garrett family, and Samantha’s world is turned upside down when she realizes that she has a bigger part in it than she ever imagined. Now she has to make the choice between the family she was born into and the one that invited her into their home and lives. Will Samantha protect her mother, who has always been more concerned with herself? Or will she do the right thing for the boy she loves?

A beautiful cover is only the beginning of a long list of amazing things about this book. MY LIFE NEXT DOOR is arguably one of the best young adult novels out there. A reminiscent vibe of Sarah Dessen, it makes for the perfect summer --- or really, anytime --- read. The witty writing, (mostly) likable characters and consuming storyline make for an enjoyable reading experience throughout. Once you pick it up, you will not want to put it down, and that is certainly not a bad thing. You might just find yourself falling in love with Jase, too.

Reviewed by Leah Schiano on July 22, 2012

My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick

  • Publication Date: June 13, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Speak
  • ISBN-10: 0142426040
  • ISBN-13: 9780142426043