Book Review: My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Romance
Publisher:  Dial Books For Young Readers, June 2012
Link: Amazon

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: 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 fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.


The people on the cover fit with Jace and Samantha. Maybe Jace’s hair is curly, but maybe he gels it sometimes. The Garett boys have the same brown, curly hair.

The Garett’s family is huge. They have eight kids. The kids provide comic relief so it’s not a bad aspect for the story. George would be my favorite out of the eight kids. He’s a cute toddler. His talks with Samantha are perfect. He’s sad about one thing and Smanatha is either an expert at it so cheers him up. You’d have to read this book to know what I’m talking about!

Spoiler! I don’t think Smanatha would’ve cared if her mom hit a stranger. She was asleep. Smanatha has grown close to the Garett’s and she knows their background. Mr. Garret doesn’t have insurance. She’s also in love with Jase.

Clay is a bad influence on Smanatha’s mom. He told her to back away after hitting Mr. Garrett. Smanatha’s mom, Grace, doesn’t follow anyone’s rules except her own.

I give this book 5/5 stars. This book is different, mainly because of the Garett’s family. It takes place in the summer!


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