My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick [G!veaway Alert]

Publication Date: June 14th, 2012
Dial for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, 394 pages
RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

“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, 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.

This book made me smile like a doofus; even at times when I wasn’t supposed to . It was just one of those super romantic book that will take you down the memory lane and remember the awkwardness of first meeting, the anticipation of getting to know one another and the sweet, sweet feeling of falling in love (look at me all sappy and sickly sweet!). And in the backdrop is a story about a chaotic but happy family – ideal to some, but suicidal to others. I absolutely loved this book. It has the most mature teenagers, minus all the usual drama and angst of the pubescent life. Totally involved parents (Jase’s), adorable, intelligent little kids and the most heartfelt, feel-good, sweet and sappy story of love and family.

Samantha has only ever known the Garretts from afar most of her life. She’s made it her daily entertainment to watch them from her perch. Their chaotic, messy but very loving family dynamics was very different from hers; orderly, neat, quiet. Then one night, as she sat on her terrace, Jase Garrett unexpectedly joined her. Sam’s life has never been the same since. Instantly, she was pulled into the vortex that is the Garretts; eight children – all with larger than life personalities eager to bring her into the fold. Soon after that, a relationship between her and Jase developed. She was happy, content, FULL. Until it was all taken away in a blink of an eye. She’s left to make a choice, one that could either destroy her relationship with her own family or make the boy she loves, hate her.

Choices. They suck when you have to be the one to make them. Poor Sam. They say you can’t possibly know what the right thing to do until it’s staring at you in the face and I was glad that the author didn’t conveniently make her do the right thing right away. It took courage to do she had to do but in th end, the difficult decision was all hers to make. I couldn’t imagine what I would’ve done had I been in Sam’s feet especially at her age. But this girl was so put together. She was one of the most likable, well-conceptualized, well-rounded character I’ve ever read. She didn’t do drama but she was far from unemotional or an unreachable character. She’s got a good head on her shoulders – steady and stable. Even when the Garrett’s life was falling apart and she knew the reason why and even when her own life was falling apart she was remarkably staid.

Jase Garrett is a freaking saint; he was good, ideal and was detrimental to the health of any woman within a ten-mile radius. If there was such a thing as a perfect book boyfriend, the boy is it.

VERDICT: Read this book – if not for the amazing story within its pages but for the chance to meet some worth-knowing characters. This is how contemporary fiction should be done.

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  • Yep! It was short-lived though. 🙂

  • sad to say noo

  • Yes! I still have a teensy little crush on him, actually.. haha! :”>

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Yeah, i had crush on neighbor! *giggles*

    Thank you for chance to win this book! <3

  • I have to say that I have never had a crush on a neighbor……Thanks for the giveaway:)

  • Sadly no, I've never had a crush on a neighbor………Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Nooo… sadly. It would be nice if there were a cute guy suddenly moved in next door… but seems like it'll never happen. *Sigh*
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  • I realize from your review that I'm going to love this book, too!

    Bring me on some YA contemporary to love =D

  • No, sadly no worthy neighbourhood boys to have a crush on.

    Thanks for the giveaway =D

  • Um, I don't think I ever had a crush on my neighbor. There's no cute guy on my neighborhood 😀 But in junior high I had a crush on my classmate, though lol..

  • My neighbours either never had kids or they weren't my age 🙁

  • I did like one neighbor when I was young but he was older than me and later move away, so it was just a platonic thing n_n

  • If we can count having a crush on someone who lived in a neighboring dorm in college, then yes 🙂 It was the classic bookworm (me) crushing on the popular, football player with a heart! *sigh* I'm sure he knew of my huge crush (because my friends are jerks and teased me about it around him), but he was really sweet and we were actually able to build up a friendship. He's now engaged and I'm content to look for a new crush. lol

  • Nope! 🙂

    Cherry Mischievous

  • Of course… *smiles*

  • I know, I know, I knoooooooooow! 😀

  • Unfortunately no.

    Back to your review… This really sounds like a wonderful book! Jase definitely sounds like a great character too. Thanks for sharing your review and having the giveaway!

  • yes, when i was in my junior high…i like to see my neighbour ..his name is febri…
    but he like my friend, yani…. 🙁

  • I had an old couple on one side and nuns on the other, so no.

  • Yep in my early teen years. Turned out to be my first kiss!

  • Na

    Nope! There's no one my age around here lol.

  • No, the ones I know are way to immature! Ugh they're so annoying! LOL!
    Thanks for the giveaway girl! 😀

  • This sounds like such a cute book. I've never had a crush on a neighbor b/c I didn't live near a boy at that crushable age. Instead, I lived 2 doors down from a girl who was one of my best friends and then decided she hated me. Ah…middle school drama.

    BTW…I answered your question on my manga post but in case you don't make it back, I do think Skip Beat would be good for an 11 year old. She might like Fruits Basket a lot too.

  • As for ever have a crush on a neighbor… I WISH!! I was raised on an Island (seriously) and at the time of me growing up I think 1 bus picked up every kid on the island lol There is a causeway that attaches it to town (not like we were floating in the middle of nowhere lol) There was a guy once that lived about a 15 min bike ride away that I crushed on does that count?

  • Ooo… Perfect book boyfriend <3 I have seen this one around and with the need to add more contemporary to my reading diet I keep meaning to pick this one up!! I think that it will be refreshing to read something with teens that are a little more mature (it does happen sometimes lol). So glad that you enjoyed it sao much and I am moving it into the MUST HAVE pile 🙂

  • Gah! With that being said, now I'm TOTALLY desperate of getting my hands on My Life Next Door. Seriously! Awesome review Joy! 😀


    Urgh! No. I have SO many neighbors but all the guys in my block may be too young or too old. Just got a new neighbor in last week but no such luck in hot guys that's age appropriate for me T_T. I wish I have a hot neighbor that I could have a crush on 😉

  • Thanks, Lisa! You most definitely have to read this book. 🙂

  • Really? That's just cruel!

  • Ohhh do tell!

  • I have been hearing so many great things about this book. So…I had to buy it! It's a thick book. That's for sure!

    I'm so glad to see that you enjoyed it and definitely recommend it! YAY!

  • Unfortunately no! No cute, handsome or sexy neighbors so far. 😀

  • Ohh you know me joy… it's without a doubt YES! :))