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My Life Next Door

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  59,907 ratings  ·  4,979 reviews
"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
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers
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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

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
This book was worth waiting for. I've read it in two days despite the fact that I was head over heels in all that boring end-of-the-school-year paperwork that us, teachers, are so fond of.

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
Mimi Valentine
Rating: 4.95 brilliant, beautiful, breathtaking stars out of 5!

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
Kristin (KC)
Oct 11, 2014 Kristin (KC) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristin (KC) by: Erica
Shelves: new-adult-ya, sweet
*3.5 Stars*

A fun and refreshing, sweet summer read! The writing was fluid and wonderfully captured the essence of being a teen in a very realistic manner.

While the story didn't necessarily blow me away, it certainly held my interest and warmed my heart.

Samantha is a young girl who, at first glance, appears to have it all. She's beautiful, wealthy, and has a determined mother in politics who keeps up a perfect appearance for their well-respected family.

But Samantha isn't happy.

Because her mo
4 1/2 Stars!! This was a 5 plus star read for me…until the end, because there really wasn’t one, or at least not one that satisfied me. I only detracted a half a star, because the rest of the book was amazing. I enjoyed the comparisons and stereotypes of two completely different families.

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
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

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”.

”Hey, n
Rating: 2.5 Stars

Everything about My Life Next Door screams “summer chick-flick”! From its flirty cover, to its sappy title, to its shockingly bright synopsis, you’d think you couldn’t go wrong with this book. I was expected a Sarah Dessen type novel and what I got instead is something I can only relate to authors who I happen to loathe like Stephanie Meyer or Becca Fitzpatrick, even though they’re not contemporary authors. I think what pains me the most is that I really liked the first half

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).

ways to1

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
Feb 08, 2013 Lora rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of YA realistic fiction; 15+
My Life Next Door is the kind of story that you expect to be light and fluffy . . . but then it surprises you.
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.

Samantha Re


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
Jaime Arkin
From the outside it looks like Samantha Reed has everything, a successful mother, excellent grades, a wonderful best friend and her days are busy with jobs she doesn't need. But Samantha spends her nights on her roof watching the loud, messy, loving and affectionate, ginormous family next door, never judging them like her mother does...wishing she could be a part of something like they have. Then one night Jase climbs her trellis and joins her.

Jase and Samantha's relationship builds easily and
The summer is coming to a close for me and I'll have to start going back to the smell of crisp new notebooks, the sound of zipping book bags, and the general chatter of bleary-eyed students, awww school right? Anyways I needed my last summer read and this book was able to deliver on that front, but I think I may have become a less focused person in general this summer (I guess school is good for something). And here's why: I felt good at the end of the book but utterly confused. This does happen ...more
Annie Brewer
Jul 28, 2012 Annie Brewer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone that loves a heartbreakingly beautiful romance
FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC!!!!!! That is how I describe this book!!! The characters, the plot, the romance, the emotion, the tension, the writing, EVERYTHING about this book was incredible!!! It was well worth the long wait to read. When I first heard about this, I knew it was going to be a good one. IT. DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT.

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!!!!!
This book went from a 5-star read to a 1-star read.

I thought it would be about a romance. A contemporary novel that usually explores the values of family, friendship, life etc.

But by the end of the book...all I could think was, really? what was the point of all that drama?

There were so many unresolved issues (view spoiler), and it made me frustrated. (view s
My Life Next Door is a great YA contemporary that would make an awesome addition to any summer beachside reading list. Huntley Fitzpatrick’s debut novel is full of laughs, heartfelt moments, memorable friendships and just downright good storytelling. Samantha and Jase’s adventure is one I won’t soon forget. Absolutely lovely!!

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
My Life Next Door was a gorgeously written debut which left me with a crazy eyed smile on my face, occasionally teary eyed with a longing for the long summer months and for my neighbours to move out and the Garretts to move in. By looking at the cover I was expecting a cute summery read which would provide some swoon worthy scenes, I’m happy to note Fitzpatrick provided this yet so much more.

The Garretts have been living next door to Sam’s family for years now; you would think that they were com
Covers so cute!!

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
Update 7/23/2012: I did end up writing a bit more about this book on the blog after all.

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
Christine Riccio
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I'd say more like 4.57 stars. Here's my full review:
♥ Becky  22
I'm actually kind of sad that I've already finished this book because I could've spent weeks in this story.

This book captures the essence of summer.

"The Garrets were my bedtime story, long before I ever thought I'd be part of the story myself."

They say that every summer has a story, and THIS story was so, so good. I've been looking for a book like this for so long.

My Life Next Door has it all:
- great, they-seem-so-real! characters
- sweet, sweet romance
- a wonderful story
And great writing, th
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
This was a beautifully told summer tale of first love, family and morals.

That makes it sound pretty boring, huh? But there's nothing boring about Samantha and Jase's first love. We're talking smoldering, kids. Even The Atlantic Wire has this on its list of books that are sexier than Fifty Shades of Grey

Ok, synopsis: Samantha has always watched the huge, rambunctious Garrett family since they moved in. Her mom, a state senator, has always implicitly forbidden her to do so because the Garretts see
Kajal Nehra
"for so long, that was who I was. The girl who watched the Garretts. My life next door."

4 stars
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
This is a fun contemporary with entertaining characters!
I loved Jase and his family, and also his relationship with Samantha. While it was fun, I didn't experience all "the feels", it was still very enjoyable, though!
What a great contemporary! I was in the mood for some more summer-y teenage fiction after reading Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler (which I recommend!) and after hearing good things about this book .. And admittedly being drawn to the cover .. I picked this up and really enjoyed it!

This is definitely a romance, there's no denying that, but as is usual with good contemporary it also had some really great over arching themes. The first, and probably most expected, was the main characters "coming of
Originally reviewed here.

I can tell you exactly what it was made me pick up this book for review (and what it was not). It was the comparisons (yes, multiple) to one Anna and the French Kiss. It was not the cover. Yeah, the colors are pretty and the font is nice. But otherwise it's just awkward. And cheesy. And this book is neither. I think I would have left it at the fence and skipped the junior high dance pose couple. Because while this book does have a romance in possession of the kind of he
I know, I know. Sometimes I don't like it when people are all "go to my site which is somewhere else to read my review!" So, I apologize to you that that is exactly what I'm doing here.

Check out the review I posted on the Fictionators here:

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
If only life was this peachy perfect. Where on this earth does this perfectly unrealistic Jase reside and why am I not acquainted with him?

I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. My Life Next Door was so utterly unrealistic and contrived and for one Sunday afternoon, it worked. Perhaps on a Monday afternoon after a gruelling day of work, or on the morning of a Wednesday when you realise that the working week, while half completed, remains half incomplete, it would get an angry scowl from me and
This Young Adult story really grabbed me from the start. The hero, Jase and the heroine, Samantha or Sam, were just so cool and comfortable. They were next door neighbors, yet from different worlds. Sam’s environment was cold and perfect because of her uppity mother who was a senator. Her mother loved Sam in her own way, but it just wasn’t genuine or tender. Jase’s family was awesome. They were the family you didn’t want in your neighborhood because they brought the property values down. They ha ...more
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Huntley Fitzpatrick grew up dreamy and distracted in coastal Connecticut. She flourished in a family of bookworms where everyone always had their nose in a book. She kept an exhaustively thorough journal which frightened her boyfriends but has proved very useful in her career as a writer. Her debut contemporary Romance, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, was published in June of 2012 by Penguin-Dial for Young Rea ...more
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“Is Jase already gonna marry you?”

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.”
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