Sep 8, 2012

My Life Next Door.

My Life Next Door
Huntley Fitzpatrick.
Publisher:Dial Books For Young Readers.
Publication Date:June 14,2012.
Genre:Ya Contemporary Romance.
Challenge:Debut Author|Stand Alone.


I have been hearing a lot of good reviews about this book, ever since it came out. Due to fact that it had huge hold list at library, didn’t get to read it, till now. So now I see why so many people enjoyed this book. It was amazing. It made me wish that I read it sooner, and when I finished it, I wanted read it again. If it wasn’t for work, I would read it faster. It was hard for me to put the book down once I picked it up. I felt like I needed to see what happens next, especially when it came to Samantha & Jase. I adored them. After reading My Life Next Door, I am looking forward to Fitzpatrick next work.

  "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.

  Wow. There are almost no words to explain how much I loved this book. Though I always enjoyed romance, especially Young Adult, so far this year, this was my favorite. To me, all of the characters, especially Samantha and Jase, seemed so real and I found myself being able connect with them. Through reading this novel, the characters actually became real to me, and I found myself actually getting sad when the book had ended. Fitzpatrick finds a way to draw you and into the story and it makes you feel, like you are right there, besides them. The way she portrayed each character’s emotions, which made me actually imagine how they were feeling, and it made be able to relate to them more.

I loved Sam & Jase’s relationship, in way it was different from other teenage relationships that I read about before, this one seemed more believable, more realistic. I liked the fact that they didn’t get into relationship, right from the start. Those types of stories always seemed unrealistic to me, when they fall for each other, from moment that they see each other. Jase and Sam’s relationship was real, it made me hope that I can find guy like Jase, one day. He’s everything that a girl is looking in a guy, at least to me it seemed that way. I loved everything about their relationship, the way that two of them affected each other, way they didn’t rush into sex. Also how understanding Jase was, even after he found that it was his mother who hit her father. I though he be angry with her, but he was still there, and they talked to her mother and Clay, together. I loved fact that despite what her mother did, he didn’t judge her because of her mother actions. That’s true love right there.

I felt like Sam and her mother had no relationship through the book, in ways it was sad. I understand that she might been busy with her political life, but it doesn’t mean that it gave her the right, to neglect her own daughter. Also way she hand on Clay’s every word, and did as he told her to, just like he told her to drive away, after she hit Jase’s dad. It’s like she was letting him control her. I was glad she owned up to her mistakes, but I think she shouldn’t drive away like that, she should at least check to see if person she hit was okay. I was annoyed with them through most of the book. I never thought I could dislike anyone, as much as I disliked Clay.

Garrett family. I loved them all, especially George, he was cute and just reading about him, it made me smile each time. Also Andy, I liked her. In general I loved how Sam bonded with them so fast, and the way kids got attached to her. To me it felt like, when Sam was with them, that it was more of a family then when Sam was at her own house. I also loved the bond Sam and Tim formed and how he seemed to turn into a likable character through the book, and becoming both Jase & Sam’s friend. It seemed like he was more there for her, then Nad was.

 The ending made me smile. I’m curious to see what book she comes up with next, she’s already on my favorites list. I would highly recommend this book, especially if you into romance.


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