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.
Oh, this book. It’s so cute! I can’t get over it. Huntley Fitzpatrick wrote an adorable, unforgettable novel. The writing was so good. The characters were fantastic. And the overall story gave me chills because of how sweet it was.
When I think about trying to get how I felt about My Life Next Door into word-form, all that my mind comes up with is a key-smash*. Samantha was really well written, as were all of the Garretts. Each member of the Garrett family had their own individual personality and I loved all of them, especially Jase. Jase and Samantha were so cute with each other. Everytime they would be in a scene together, I would completely melt. Jase is seriously one of the best literary boys to come around in awhile.
Though My Life Next Door is cute and heartfelt. It also tackles some serious topics that everybody can relate to. Whether it be being judged for the size of your family/type of lifestyle or trying to live up to someone’s expectations of you.
Huntley Fitzpatrick has built a strong name for herself with this amazing debut. I can’t wait for her second book, because it’s sure to be lovely as well. You should go check out My Life Next Door, you won’t regret it.
* For those who don’t know, a key-smash is when you basically just hit random letters on your keyboard because that’s the only way to sufficiently represent your thoughts about something. For example- aedifhdfads