My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door #1)
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...more
What I loved about this book:
1. NO teenage angst from Samantha
2. NO teenage drama with the main characters
3. Jase and Samantha were very mature 17-year-olds (very refreshing)
5. The Garrett family
6. The easy, loving, trusting and patient relationship Jase has with Samantha
7. I LOVED that this book put a smile on my face and made me laugh almost the entire book. Although it did have me teary eye a little bit at one point. :o)
8. FINALLY I loved that this book sucked me in and never wanted...more
This is why I read YA books - to get this feeling of joy, of happiness, of love.. Because I simply LOVE feeling my head so light and having my heart skip a beat remembering how it felt to fall in love for the first time (and every time after that).
I really like stories like this, that get you through every stage of a young relationship; that make you hold your breath for the romantic moments, for the first kiss; that make you smile at all the silliness and cuteness of the couple; that make you...more
First, I can not believe that this is Huntley Fitzpatrick's debut novel. I've read so many bad books lately and those autors didn't have the excuse of first attempt in their writing carieers. My Life Next Door reminded me a lot of Sarah Dessen novels - by the concept and the writing style. And I love Sarah Des...more
Samantha is a sweet, determined young woman who is showcased, yet sheltered by her mother. After many years of observing the family next door, she finally meets Jase, the third oldest in the Garrett clan. He app...more
I thought this book would be very cliché: little rich girl falls for the boy next door; gets a whole new perspective on life through the eyes of a financially-strained, but very happy — unlike her own — family; and learns something big about herself over the course of one short summer. In a lot of ways, that is what this book is about. But, in truth, it is about so much more.
Jase and Samantha's relationship builds easily and...more
My Life Next Door tells us the story of Samantha, a girl who practically has spent her 17 years watching The Garrets. All the time
The Garrets are her neighbors next door and Sam’s mother hates them because they remind her of her ex- in laws. They are a huge family, very noisy and carefree, they are happy. And even though Sam’s mom told her to never ever have contact with them she can’t help but stare at them all the time.
And one night while she’s spying them, Jase comes to “rescue her”.
Thank you dear Rosalinda for BR with me <3
There were quite a few characters i really wanted to stab in the eye and push off a cliff. Let's make a list.
1. Samantha (but only towards the end).
2. Gracie (Samantha's mother)
3. Clay (Samantha's mum boyfriend).
4. Nan (Samantha's BFF).
But for my sake i'm going to keep this review short and sweet.
One thing my mother never knew, and would dissaprove of most of all, was that i watched the Garretts. All...more
FACT #1: I'm not a contemporary girl. I love paranormal books way more than my realistic ones; worlds that don't really exist enthrall me way more than real ones do. Because those supernatural books are usually more badass, intense, and fun than everyday romances.
FACT #2: My Life Next Door totally voids the first fact!!
Where can I even start with how much I loved this book? How much it took me surprise, grabbed my heart, and wouldn't...more
For years, Sam had watched the Garrett's from her bedroom next door. They're life was so opposite from the one she led. Sam has the perfect trust-fund mother who currently is a congresswoman, and the beautiful older sister always out with her latest conquest. It's just the three of them, as Sam's dad left while her mother was pregnant with her. The Garrett's always had a lot going on with eight children: five boys and three girls. They were the type that always had the toys lying about in the fr...more
I really did like My Life Next Door.
More than anything, I liked the plot. Only reading the summary was enough to make me put the rest of my current-reads aside and pick it up when it released.
Things I Liked:
1) The Cover
How can you not adore the cover? Its so bright, so cheerful, so happy. The correct phrase could be 'eye-catching'.
2) The Storyline
Or is it called the plot? *confused* I hope you get wh...more
First off, let me share that as I find my reading choices altering quite a bit, there’s one genre I probably won’t ever grow out of and that’s YA contemporary. I’ve pretty...more
I loved it at the start, I loved it at the middle and at the end? I loved it of course.
This book is real and it is a book that every girl in particular can relate too because it's about a first love-true love and finding that one person you would risk everyone for- even your own mother.
I laughed, cried, smiled and remained blissfully happy after reading this. It was charming and had a happy ending for a change. Because it all worked out for the best.
Basically Samantha has thes...more
I'm waffling between three and four stars with this one (which is why I hate rating systems and we don't have one on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves, btw). There were elements I LOVED and there were elements that drove me crazy.
I really, really enjoyed the relationship between the main characters, and I LOVED that their relationship actually started fairly early in the book, because it seems like so many contempor...more
My Life Next Door gave me so much more than I expected. I'd read some reviews, heard some things, memorised some fragments (ahem, rooftop scenes), talked to some people, and did some other very specific things. A lot of it gave me the impression that this book would be super adorable with one of the most wanted love interests in the realm of Young Adult fiction. My mood was ready. What I wasn't prepared for was for this to be a very powerful story about family and growing up, and I love...more
4 ½ STARS! I loved this book, and it could have deserved 5 stars, if there had been an ending that satisfied me. Beware readers, while this book is all about first-love, family, and friendship it felt very unfinished and rushed as tragedy hits.
The Garretts were forbidden from the start, ever since their battered sedan pulled up to the low-slung shingled house next door. They are everything the Reeds are not, they’re loud, messy, numerous, but most importantly, they are so full of love! I immedia...more
This is a sweet story but I'll have to tell you about what impressed upon me the most. The million dollar question? How much are our relationships shaped by our loyalties, our families, our friends?
The synopsis and back material tell the story but anyone can write an outline. Well, almost anyone.
Okay, anyone that's a writer.
Anyone that is a writer A...more
Samantha Reed, the seventeen year old daughter of a senator, has watched The Garretts, the loud, messy, huge family next door her whole life. Her mother hates the Garretts. She thinks they are a repugnant, irresponsible mess that brings down property value. Samantha thinks they are perfect. Samantha and her sister were forbidden from having anything to do with the Garrett family until...
Samantha finally meets Jase G...more
Cute, funny, sweet, and definitely will make you smile like crazy.
The ending was sort of...... a cliffhanger, I'm looking for a closure or something.. I hope there's a next book.
I love the characters here. Especially George, a very smart Garrett kid and curious about things..
and Tim who changed from a loser to a better person.
As for Samantha and Jase, they were a sweet couple indeed. Love it! I don't like her mom though and her bestt friend. If you know what i mean.
Check out the review I posted on the Fictionators here: http://www.fictionators.com/review/my...
In case you don't want to see all the quotes and flails and swoons there (and why wouldn't you?), I will just say that I cannot even express how much I love this book. I love this boy. And this girl. And his little bro...more
The storyline: Wonderful. It's a simple story of real first love with a conflict occurring where Samantha feels she has to choose between her boyfriend and her mother. It's a standard story of girl meets boy from the other side of t...more
My Life Next Door has been a truly enjoyable read. It captures your attention from page one, and keeps it to the last pages. It makes you feel goofy good at part, and dreadful at others. In the end, it's a "grin book" - a book that makes you feel good, filled with heartwarming love, realistic characters and a story well written.
Summary From Goodreads:
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I w...more
First of all, the cover. My God, the cover is gorgeous! I love the fence in the background that separates the two families with Jase and Sam standing there in an embrace. HOT!!!!!...more
You'll love Samantha and Jase immediately. Samantha is the kind of girl I wanted to be. She's beautiful, smart, kind, rich but always willing to work hard, and has a very strong personality. It's seems unfair that this kind of perfect girl met the perfect boy. But Sam and Jase are so sweet together and they deserved...more
I want to marry My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. It was one of those books where I wanted to raise it above my head and shout “Hey, this is me! In book form!”
Because My Life Next Door totally is. I mean, I don’t mean that the story necessarily relates to me if you gave it to me in outline form, but the overall feel and writing style and setting and characters and lots of family dynamics and all the little things add...more
When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be a light read about summer love - first crushes and small differences in family but this turned out to be something so much bigger. And it was perfect.
Sam's life looks easy and perfect at first - her mother, being...more
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I start coughing again. “Uh, No. No, George. I’m only seventeen.” As if that’s the only reason we’re not engaged.
“I’m this many.” George holds up four, slightly grubby fingers. “But Jase is seventeen and a half. You could. Then you could live in here with him. And have a big family.”
Jase strides back into the room, of course, midway through this proposition. “George. Beat it. Discovery Channel is on.”
George backs out of the room but not before saying, “His bed’s really comfortable. And he never pees in it.”