Sunday, 20 July 2014

Book Review - My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Series: My Life Next Door #1Genres: Contemporary | Young Adult
Release Date: June 14th 2012
Publishers: Dial Books For Young Readers
No. Pages: 394
Source: Purchased
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"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, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

My life next door for me was a mix between The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler and The Distance Between Us by Kasie West and most of the time I hate when books remind me of others, but this was something that in a way made the book more special to me. It had the forbidden love from The Book of Broken Hearts and the financial differences of The Distance Between Us.

I've wanted to read this book for a long time, its a book that has been talked about and talked about and that is not always a good thing. But I'm lucky that with this book, it was. This books was hyped up for a reason, its fluffy, its moving and it flows really well. I started it purely for the fact of reading it for the read-a-thon. I finished it in a day because after just a few chapters I was hooked and already in love.

This book is centred around Samantha, a girl who comes from a single parent home with a judgemental politician mum. She has been told for most of her life to stay away from the Garretts who live next door. A family with too many kids, and an unkempt garden. But Samantha feels drawn to the family, spending most of her life sitting just outside her bedroom window watching them go about their life. All she does is look, until one day she gets company on her ledge, none other than Jase Garrett from next door. She's never fallowed her mothers, or the rest of the towns, opinions on his family, but its not until she starts to spend more time with not only him but his family, does she realise just how wrong everyone is. And just how much she fits in with them.

The one thing you see from the start is just how realistic everything is. The characters, the love that developed over time and not instant, the political mum who is too concerned with her own career and the rebel sister who tries anything and everything to lash out and get attention from the absent mother. One of my favourite things about this book was the characters. Jase and Sam are people that stick in your mind. They are such a sweet couple, and as a pair are so a like. They both have this deep routed caring nature that’s' genuine. They aren't perfect people, they have flaws just like everyone else and that's what makes them so likeable and relatable

there is one aspect of this book that, while done often in YA books, is hardly ever done right. Sex. I have never been against having sex in young adult books, but when it's done right like it did in this book, with the embarrassment, the confusing and the awkwardness of it was perfect. Because sex is a big deal and going in to your first time thinking that its all going to go without a hick up and you'll just know what to do, it can leave you very hurt at the end of the day. Anyway, like I said, I think Huntley Fitzpatricks take on it was brilliant. The fact that this is in fact her debut novel is also astounding.

Everything about this book was spot on, and you should try it as not just another book to read, but another book to fall in love with.


  1. I cannot agree more Stacie! The sex, the sex, (I sound obsessed:O!) but yes, the sex, it was done to brilliantly, completely honest throughout, the emotions this book pulled from me, oh man, just, god, what a book. Not quite the 5 for me, but damn close, so glad you loved this! :D

    1. you are obsessed Amanda, don't try to deny it ;). It was done perfectly and I think that's a good thing because it would have been a big downer on this book for me and made me rate it less.

      this books is emotional for sure haha and I think I gave it a 5 because of how quickly I became hooked. It was instantly love for me

      Thank you, and once again thank you for making me read it :P

  2. I too have wanted to read this book for a long time, and yet I still haven't gotten around to it. Your review however has brought it fresh in my mind once again. I will look for it the next time I'm getting books from the library. I hope I fall in love with it as you did. :)

    1. Awww, I'm glad my review helped you to remember how much you wanted to read it. Honestly, I thought it was just going to be another contemporary only done half right, but I was wrong.

      Can't wait to hear what you think of it :)

  3. I really enjoyed this one too! I loved that family next door and how Samantha doesn't know what to do with herself over there at first. Just a fun book!! :)

    1. It really was. Have you read The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler? I'ts got the same forbidden love story. Its pretty damn good :)

  4. Brilliant review and I am so happy you loved this one, it's one of my favourites. I absolutely loved the characters, especially Jace. Huntley Fitzpatrick wrote some really brilliant characters, she's doing another book using characters from this and I can't wait! The sex in this was done brilliantly and was one of the most realistic sex scenes I had seen in YA.

    1. I'm glad I did too. I wasn't exactly sure if I would or not but as you can see, I did haha. Jace was so cute, he's whole family in general was brilliant.
      Yeah I know she is, looking forward to it :D.

      It really was. Sex is 'perfect' at times like most YA novels make it out to be but the first time in almost always embarrassing in some way and she just did a really good job :)


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