REVIEW: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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“But here’s the truth: In movies, it’s never half so lovely as it is here and now with Jase.” 

Back of the book blurb:

Life in Samantha Reed’s home 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 an 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?

 Publication Date: June 14, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780803736993

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A message from the cosmos:

My rating:

WHAT A GREAT CHOICE I MADE TO FINALLY READ THIS BOOK. If you saw the one post on Instagram, I said I got Huntley Fitzpatrick and Susane Colasanti mixed up because the spines of their books are similar, which is why I waited so long to read this, since I’m not a big Colasanti fan. But boy, I am so happy I finally read this. A few weeks back I had seen a surge of posts about this book on Instagram and of her new book so I bought both. I didn’t realize her new book was her third! I thought it was her second. I’m definitely going to have to pick up What I Thought Was True.

Anyway, let’s get started.

I honestly had no clue how deep this would be. I’m not sure why there is a stereotype with YA Lit lacking depth. I mean, yeah, they’re usually lighter reads but YA Lit is SO important, especially to younger teens. I wish I was as heavy of a reader as I am now when I was thirteen. So many of these books teach amazing and very important lessons about life, love, independence, and so many more things. And that’s exactly what My Life Next Door does! It teaches you, mainly, that family doesn’t always mean blood. And it is so important to remember that. “Blood is thicker than water” is actually “Blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb” aka relationships you create on your own are much stronger than family bonds. And that is important to know.

The plot for this was actually really unique and very exciting. It’s usually from the viewpoint of the poor family that gets an in with the rich family. This time it was backwards and Samantha, the politician’s daughter, got an in with Jase, her cute neighbor who happens to have a wild family. It was so cute to see Samantha experience something other than her stuffy, extremely clean life. I loved experiencing new things with her.

One thing I loved experiencing with her was her first true love, Jase Garrett. What a man. Again, I have a thing for the happy men. Broody, mysterious guys are fun and all, but I just love when a guy smiles all the time and is just genuinely happy. It’s so refreshing and so adorable. Jase was such an amazing boyfriend and I fell in love with him just as much as Sam did.

Sam was this great character as well. She went from doing everything mommy says and wanting to please her to finally getting her own voice and being able to stand up for what’s right, even if it means betraying someone you love a lot. I was so happy for her when she decided to tell the truth about That Night. I get why it took her awhile to do it, but damn, I was so glad she finally did it.

The ending was kind of disappointing to me just because we never get anything resolved with Nan. Sorry, that’s kind of a spoiler. I like that Tim becomes more important, but literally nothing was resolved with Nan and that kind of bugs me. It’s only a blip in the greatness of this novel, though, so I won’t spend too much time on it.

I’m so happy I finally picked up this book and I am definitely looking forward to more of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s stories!

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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