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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  125,186 ratings  ·  9,164 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.

Hardcover, 394 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers
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Luiza Meireles Same here! Really liked the book, but it does have a lot of loose ends, wich is why I thought we would get a second part. Not sure if Tim and Alice's…moreSame here! Really liked the book, but it does have a lot of loose ends, wich is why I thought we would get a second part. Not sure if Tim and Alice's one will suffice, given that it's kind of a different story, from a different point of view. I was a little dissapointed by it.(less)
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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 nev
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, owned
Wasn't what I was expecting at all, it was quite a bit more intense, but I really loved it!
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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 ache for t
Liz* Fashionably Late


Samantha is a rich, perfect girl with the perfect life, body and shit. She's got it all but a boyfriend. Her neighbor is single, hot and ridiculously perfect. She's been stalking admiring him from her balcony for evah. HEY, IT'S LIKE MEANT TO BE. The thing is Mom hates the Garrets. They're too many (eight kids) and those morons never heard about birth control so Sam will be in SERIOUS trouble if she fraternizes with the enemy.


Samantha is a rich, perfect girl with the perfect life, body and shit. She's got it all but a boyfriend. Her neighbor is single, hot and ridiculously perfect. She's been stalking admiring him from her balcony for evah. HEY, IT'S LIKE MEANT TO BE. The thing is Mom hates the Garrets. They're too many (eight kids) and those morons never heard about birth control so Sam will be in SERIOUS trouble if she fraternizes with the enemy.

Life won't give her a break, though. She is surrounded by cheaters, liars, addicts, so it's no wonder she secretly hangs out with the Garrets. EVERYONE around Sam is corrupt, mean and a bad influence but her.

Mom works all the time, Sam is usually alone so one day Jace pulls an Edward Cullen, climbs up to Samantha's balcony and BOOM, Cupid! They fall in love. I'd call it instalove but she's been stalking him for years, so...

Life is good. Sam works, Jase works. Everybody works but wait... Tim and Nan: the fucked up siblings. Nan turns out to be a cheater, envious of Sam's great accomplishments and perfect boyfriend. But Nan's tired of her life, college is going to be her ticket out because she has her conflicts too, right? I'm sure Sam wants to know why her friend is so confused and why she needs to run away so desperately but wait... WHY IS NAN CHEATING? WHY WOULD NAN DO THIS TO SAM? IT'S SO UNFAIR FOR PERFECT SAM!

Aaaand there's Tim. He's your typical bad boy character. A lot of swearing and smoking. And swearing too. And apparently, TIM IS FUCKING HONEST, FOR FUCK SAKE. FUCK.

So after being fucking angry (that scene was so stupid), he quit his immoral job.

I dislike so many more things about this book:

I dislike this weird dynamic between Jase, Sam and Tim. And at one point, I just couldn't care any less to understand.

I dislike sweet, forgiving George. Dude, YOU NEED TO STOP TALKING (This book makes me hate a little kid. This book is evil.)

I dislike Samantha's mom. Obviously. That control-freak bitch.

I dislike the fact that almost nothing happened and so many issues were left unsolved.

I dislike the fact that the "unexpected event" was so obviously implemented there with no connection whatsoever with the story line, just to try to mix things up a little. And the ending was so perfectly convenient for everybody I still feel like throwing up.

I dislike the beautiful, deceptive cover.

I dislike all the expectations I had when I started reading this book.

I dislike the fact that I'm the only one who dislikes this book.

Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
When I checked this book out at the library, my favorite librarian looked at me funny and said "This is not a you book". I told her that every once in awhile I want fluffy. I can do romancy young adult.

I think I should probably stick mostly with the serial killers and stalkers

Princess perfect Samantha lives a fairy tale life. Her mommy is a politician who gained her throne through that handy trust fund.

Now next door to this paradise is one of "those families". The
C.G. Drews
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
You know how I'm a contemporary snob? And it takes sooooo muuuuch for a contemporary to wrap around my heart and turn me into happiness and sprinkles? Well this book successfully stole my heart. SCRAP THAT. IT STOLE MY SOUL. I AM SO IMPRESSED RIGHT NOW. I have a few niggles, but gahhhhhh. I loved it. It basically went through a checklist of ALL the things that win me over. So it's basically possible that Huntley Fitzpatrick wrote it for me, okay? Just so you know.

Because it had:
• huge emphasis on famil
its that time of year again - where i dive into the sweet, summery goodness of YA contemporary perfection! and this would have been the perfect book to kick the season off, had it not done the biggest 180 twisty-turn in the history of surprises.

im not sure if it counts as a spoiler, so i wont mention what happens, but things get very heavy and very dramatic towards the end. i appreciate HF attempting to make this novel deeper than what the genre usually sees but, for me, it doesnt work in this
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! Sam and Jase are SUCH great characters and I really enjoyed seeing them fall in love (even if it was a little bit of insta love).
A lot of things surprised me about this book, and it just gave me the warm fuzzies all the time.
I AM STILL SMILING. So great. So wonderful. Bless.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 lo
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 th
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I will be a son of a biscuit eater!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was supposed to be my cute little fluffy book!

Okay, I will admit I loved, loved, loved the beginning of the book and pretty much to the half way mark. I love Sam and Jase so much and I absolutely adore Jase's big family of 10. 8 kids, 2 parents and another on the way.

Sam's sister was okay. I hated Sam's mom and her moms young boyfriend, Clay that is helping her on her campaign on becoming a senator.

I hated Sam's best friend Nan and I loath
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Why, thank you book for all these wonderful platitudes. We need to part ways now though, at 35%, but don't worry, I'll compile here every amazing moment we shared together.

Remember when Jase and Sam fell in love over a lemonade at 9%? Because I was there to follow their astounding banter and was deeply moved by the slow burn of their feelings....

"He drains the entire thing in one gulp, then reaches for the other cup.
"That's mine," I say.
"Oh, jeez. Of course. Sorry. I
am thirsty."
I extend my arm with the lemonade. "You can have it. There's always more."
He shakes his head. "am
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 w/>FACT/>FACT

For many years, I have thought that this and On the Fence were the same book. Then I reread them back to back, for I am a fool.

Now, I somehow liked this book markedly less than On the Fence??

Even though On the Fence is by Kasie West, my mortal frenemy???

We live in a lawless, senseless world. A realm of chaos and confusion and pain.

Anyway. Back to this summery YA contemporary.

What I expected from this book: summe
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What an enjoyable young adult story! Samantha is the daughter of the Connecticut’s Senator and has lived next door the the large Garrett family for many years. She watches them but never engages until the summer before her senior year when she meets Jase Garrett and his seven siblings. Her mother is a real piece of work and not only looks down on the Garrett family but gets caught up with her new campaign guy Clay and lacks a lot of the important mom skills. The author throws in a great
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister by: Erica
Shelves: sweet, young-adult
*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 motivated
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 approaches her as she’s sit
Stacey (prettybooks)
One of my favourite boys in YA contemporary fiction is Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss and Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door is now up there with him!

Seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed lives a quiet, stable life compared to her neighbours. The Garretts are loud and chaotic and everything Samantha's senator mother tries to avoid, so Samantha knows her mother would not be happy that she has fallen in love with Jase. Jase's parents and their seven other children – Joel, Alice,
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay this was a lot more hard hitting than I thought it would be. Here I was expecting a cute summer romance (I mean, look at that deceiving cover!) and I get a beautiful story on family, redemption, love and doing what is right.
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read

Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

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, need rescuing?
Kate (GirlReading)


This was exactly what I needed to read. It was just lovely. I loved the characters, I loved the plot and I can't wait to pick up the next books in this series. So adorable, I really enjoyed it!!
Christine Riccio
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I'd say more like 4.57 stars. Here's my full review:

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 the time.

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17 year old Samantha Reeds spent half
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Who are these people, and why do they think their own opinions are the only right ones?”

My Life Next Door is one of those super adorable contemporary novels you'd read if you want to pass the time. I really liked it yet I had a few issues with it. The plot has several themes, some of which are family, belonging, doing what's right... The plot was also heavily centered around politics, which wasn't interesting for me. I've never cared about politics. I don't understand it and it never interests me.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I remember being super excited for this book because Katie from Katie's Book Blog compared the level of awesomeness to Anna and the French Kiss. And since AatFK is basically my favorite contemporary ever, you can imagine how high my expectation were. Which is why I was so sad when I started the book and felt... empty. I didn't connect well with Samantha. She seemed sort of detached to me. Her voice wasn't very strong in my head while I was reading and that made me lack invested emotions in the b ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nadhira Satria
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Before any of my smart ass friends starts asking “what?” or “huh?”
let me just say that I was in a slump and i needed to read something light and fluffy. Tbh i actually liked this. what a shocker?? ok let's get down to business

✨What I liked ✨

Everybody, meet Tim. The alcoholic, druggie troublemaker who curse like a sailor and chain smokes. Who is also actually a smart, witty, adorable puppy. He's also my boyfriend, regardless
Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
DNF at about 60%.

Deceptive cover that raises misleading expectations and somehow draws comparison to ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is deceptive.
Anja H.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

“Who are these people, and why do they think their own opinions are the only right ones?”

Oh my god, this was soooo much better han I thought this was going to be!
That crazy plot twist at the end totally took me by surprise and changed the entire feel and setting of this book in a flash! It changed from being slightly superficial to teaching real life lessons. Reading this really makes you realize the importance of family, friendship, love, loyalty and doing the right thing/>
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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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