Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
June 14, 2012
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 LIFE NEXT DOOR is an exciting contemporary debut that is sure to get your emotions going. Full of unexpected personalities and occurrences, you are sure to come out satisfied in the end. I met some of my all-time favorite YA characters in this one book, namely George. You’ll just have to pick up the novel to see what I’m talking about. Trust me, you will love him and everyone else just as much as I did.
Sam…isn’t an easy egg to crack. I wasn’t sure whether to love or pity her at first. Her life may seem perfect from the outside, but on the inside she feels so lonely and craves some semblance of happiness in her life. Her mother is a control freak who doesn’t seem to care much about anyone but herself and her sister isn’t someone she can go to for any of her problems. Sam lives such a sad life that I was just jumping for joy when Jase was introduced. She finally learns to live from him and to step out of her mother’s shadow and be who she wants to be.
Of course, Jase is one of my favorite characters. He is so far from what most guys in YA are crafted to be. He isn’t perfect and struggles just as much as Sam does. He doesn’t pretend to be strong, though he will sacrifice anything for Sam. What made him even more special is the way he acts around his family. I have to say, the first time he interacted with his huge family I may have fallen in love! What a man. Yes, I said man, not boy because this seventeen-year-old acts older than his years, in a good way.
The best part about MY LIFE NEXT DOOR is that it shows how important family is. Fitzpatrick doesn’t gloss over the family and just focus on building the relationship between Jase and Sam. No, she spends a good amount of time in the Garrett family and even Sam’s broken “family”. Some of my favorite scenes are with Jase’s family. They are just so well-developed and fun that I couldn’t help but fall in love with all of them.
Now, I’m sure you’ve gotten tired of the word favorite by now, but there are just so many favorites in MY LIFE NEXT DOOR. This is truly a remarkable debut that digs deep and doesn’t skimp on story or character development. MY LIFE NEXT DOOR has it all.