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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door (edition 2012)

by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Title:My Life Next Door
Authors:Huntley Fitzpatrick
Info:Dial (2012), Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:2013 Archive
Tags:Romance, Teens, Contemporary, Tweens, Issues, Aimee Swift, 2013

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


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I think the actual rating of this books is 3.7-3.8. While I enjoyed the characters in this book (both protagonists and secondary characters –little George stole my heart), I didn't enjoy the plot as a whole. The first 250 pages where interesting, kept my attention, and I read them fast, wanting to know what happened next.
However, the next 100 pages after that were... Meh. The story lost its power, and when the time of the 'twist' or problem came, it got solved in a too-easy way. If there was something I liked about those first 250 pages, it was how realistic and complete the characters and their actions seemed. They gained life in front of my eyes because they could easily be my neighbors. But that magic, that real-ness got lost in the last 150 pages.
Still, it's a book that made me really happy and that's full of funny and cute quotes and scenes, and I truly enjoyed Fitzpatrick's writing style, so I do recommend it to someone looking for a cute, romance contemporary read with a little bit of more depth than most YA. ( )
  LiindaSnow97 | Aug 26, 2016 |
My luck is still holding that I read a very good book after an innocuous or bad one.

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  SaschaD | Apr 28, 2016 |
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick centers around a girl named Samantha. Samantha comes from a seemingly perfect family and experiences all the pressures that come with keeping up the charade. When Samantha meets Jase, the boy next door, and his loud and messy family her life is changed for forever. The Garrett family embraces Samantha as one of their own but when it comes down to it Samantha has to decide which family she will chose to protect. I loved My Life Next Store and thought it was a charming and funny book. It has a great storyline and great characters you are sure to fall in love with! My Life Next Door is fast paced and i finished it in a day because i was unable to put in down. I recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult romance novels. ( )
  brookelmartin | Apr 1, 2016 |
This book is so incredibly good. It is the first YA romance that I've read and I am glad that it was because it was one of the bests books that I have read. It's not just about the couple or the main character or the boy's family. All the different aspects of the book are in perfect sync and harmony. The two families are complete and utter polar opposites.The mother hates the other family(the Garret's) and is always talking about how awful they are, despite the fact that she'd never even met them. Let's be honest here guys, if you've read this book, you hate the mother. I really hated the mother, she annoyed the crap out of me, (not to mention her crap southern talking a**hole of a boyfriend.) but in the end her character development was amazing. She admitted that she was wrong and apologized, as well as made up for what she did in some ways. Okay, enough about the mother, onto the main character and her lover boy (Hehe all I think of is Dirty Dancing when I say that). The lead character, Samantha, grows up constantly looking out her window at the Garret's house. She's rich (duh) and she has a seemingly normal life, perfect grades, good job, best friend.... Then she meets Jase Garret, and it makes her whole life different in an amazing and wonderful way. Jase has a family of eight compared to Samantha's family of two (a sister and a mom). They are so different yet so alike and together they are perfect. And guys!!! This YA romance has.....

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  CommonBookSense | Mar 19, 2016 |
First of all, OMG THIS WAS SO CUTE AND WONDERFUL AND AMAZING. I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. The chemistry between Samantha and Jace is just OVNJRNRIVEJWNJJ (read EXPLOSIVE). I couldn't put this down once I started it. I was very impressed with this one. It was no typical young adult book. Now, I love me some YA, but MLND almost leans into NA. It just dips, just a little, but stays within the YA range. This is due to some sexual content and language. But, don't worry it's not too much. Though I'm pretty sure there is some mention of drugs as well. Anyway, this book is great. It will shock you and please you and amaze you. The characters are so wonderfully unique and interesting. I love weird families and romance. This was just perfect. I was wrapped in its atmosphere of young love and hard choices, saturated in the sadness of the outcomes of certain choices we make. I highly recommend this! Beautiful, tender, and crushing, this book with both steal your heart and render you speechless. ( )
  ChelseaClaudett | Mar 8, 2016 |
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Samantha has spent her whole life in her large home, trying to be the opposite of her older sister and be the perfect daughter for her politician mother. But Samantha can’t help but watch the Garrett’s next door from her window. They are the one thing in the world she is forbade to associate with, per her mother’s instructions.

The Garrett family is loud, and there’s a new one every few years. Toys litter their yard, as do cars. And one night she is seen by Jase Garrett–who proceeds to climb the trellis and knock on her window. And then, seventeen year old Samantha Reed’s life begins. Suddenly, her private school education and country club membership mean little. She begins to realize that the world is larger than her home and her already planned life. And Jase’s kisses make her come alive.
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When Samantha, the seventeen-year-old daugher of a wealthy, perfectionistic, Republican state senator, falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is large, boisterous, and just making ends meet, she discovers a different way to live, but when her mother is involved in a hit-and-run accident Sam must make some difficult choices.… (more)

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