Published by Penguin Group
Purchased for my Nook (304 pages)
Genre: YA: Contemporary
Goodreads.com Summary: The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
I loved, loved, loved My Life Next Door. It is not funny how much I loved this book!
I loved the Garrett family, to the point that I would love to be a part of their family. Or least really good friends with one of the Garrett kids so I could hang out with them, at their house, all the time. The Garretts reminded me of the Weasleys, with how fun and warm and open they are. They might not have a lot of money, but there’s a lot of love.
Maybe it’s not too late to find a family like this.
Just kidding. I loved the Garretts and how different they are from the Reed family. I didn’t care for Samantha’s mom, or her sister, but I did like Samantha. While Samantha comes from a wealthy family, Jace doesn’t. I really liked that Fitzpatrick didn’t hit you over the head with how different they were, but sometimes it felt like it was there just to highlight how different Jace and Samantha are.
I thought Tim was an interesting character, and I liked seeing how he became friends-ish with Sam towards the end. I thought Nan’s jealousy of Sam was really annoying, although Nan does just kind of disappear. I kind of wish that had a little more resolution. I know that Nan and Sam were best friends, but it really felt like Sam didn’t really have a lot of friends sometimes.
We have to talk about the ending- Grace is involved in a hit-and-run- and hits Jace’s dad. It causes a lot of problems (naturally) and I thought Jace was extremely forgiving. It happened a little too fast, but what was really frustrating was that Grace, her former campaign manager, Sam, Tim and the Garretts were the only ones who knew what happened the night of the accident. Yeah, the happy ending was nice, but at the same time…it’s just irritating that there weren’t really any consequences for Grace’s actions.
But My Life Next Door was a wonderful read. It was hard to put down, and I laughed and even cried at one point. I loved the characters (for the most part) and the setting, and I especially loved seeing Sam connect with the Garretts. There’s something very sweet, fun and heart-warming about this book.
My Life Next Door gets 5 out of 5 stars.