My Life Next Door By Huntley Fitzpatrick
Back Cover: ON ONE SUMMER NIGHT, EVERYTHING CHANGED.
Life in Samantha Reed’s is neat and clean and orderly – precisely planned by her local politician mother. Next door, at the Garretts’, things are loud, messy, and irresistible. And when gorgeous Jase Garrett climbs the trellis outside her bedroom and enters her life, she finds herself falling passionately in love with him and everything he brings with him. The only hitch is, she’s got to hide it from her mother. Then something unthinkable happens, and Samantha is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
My Non-Spoiler Review
Five out of five stars for this novel by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I was completely enthralled into the story from page one. the first two sentences,
“The Garretts were forbidden from the start. But that’s not why they were important.”
Immediate hook line and sinker. I had to find out what made them so important. Also, what about them was forbidden. It was intriguing and the outcome was well worth it. Huntley Fitzpatrick has a way with words, I’ll tell you that. There were parts where I was swooning and there were parts where I wish I could throw the book away with anger (but I needed to find out what would happen next). There were also some very killer humor thrown in, and normally I don’t laugh out loud when reading a book (a small smile and turn up) but I couldn’t help it with this book. It had everything that made a book perfect. Good relationships, family is a main aspect, humor, romance, realistic outcomes, and some major anticipation.
In terms of good relationships and family, this book had them all. One of the main points of this book is that Sam is forbidden from the Garretts’ family is because her own mother was against it. Right from the start you could tell her mother was an important character in this book. The relationship between mother and daughter in this story is a lot different than most. Sure her mother can be cruel by hating on the Garretts, but Sam still loves her. Then you meet the Garretts family, and boy are they something. Personalities come flying through the pages, each kid with their own style and way of being, and yet you can still see them as siblings. The two families featured in this book are polar opposites from one another. One is a large, chaotic, but loving family and the other is a small, organized family.
The humor, I already talked about and I don’t want to ruin any of the jokes for people who haven’t read it yet, so I’ll move onto the romance. Jase and Samantha otherwise known to me as Jamantha. Their relationship is just so beautiful to read. The way they work together and how they can put aside each others differences is just so, ugh. Not going to lie, I wish I was Samantha. Jase is like my dream boyfriend, enough said.
In terms of realistic outcomes, this story had a ton of them. Yes it is contemporary so they would have to be realistic in order for it to work, but the outcomes in this story aren’t the picturesque outcomes that give you anf they lived happily ever after. Things that occurred in this book ended on a note that made sense. Some I wished would have been all fairy tale, but I was satisfied with their turnout in the end.
For the anticipation, that I cannot tell you a thing, you have to feel it all for yourself. The very end of the book I was on the edge of my seat trying to find out what happens next. The last 15% of the book is where all the crazy stuff occurs so, stick through the beginning because we all know that the best roller coasters take the longest to reach the top before the real ride begins.
To end this review, I have to mention the cover. It is so pretty and the spine looks amazing on my shelf. Also, I feel as though the cover really empowers the feel of this summery read. Definitely one of my favourite covers of a book.
Overall, if you like Sarah Dessen’s romances and John Green’s relationships you’ll absolutely love this summer read.