My Life Next Door
By: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published: June 14, 2012
“I lie on top of him, skin to skin. He’s tall, I’m not, but when we lie like this, we fit together. All the curves of my body relax into the strength of his.”
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.
I absolutely LOVE this book! Words could not express to you how much this book totally took my heart! Like why can’t we all live next to hot, beautiful, sweet, gorgeous kind men living next door to us? Why? Instead I got some old married couple and some rowdy 2 year olds. It’s such a great, heart felt book and FOR ONCE these teenagers are actually young adults and very mature, not stupid idiots who get drunk and sleep around with everyone and their mamas.
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 them when they are in trouble and fall apart; that make you love them more when they get back together, much stronger as a couple, much more in love, knowing themselves better, accepting each other with the good and the bad, feeling their love grow with every page, with every word.
I guess what I mean is that this is a very sweet romantic story that went straight to my heart and doesn’t plan to leave too soon! There were so many emotions radiating through these pages, with all that drama and those tangled situations that I almost didn’t see a way to end the story well. It was all so full of substance - there was so much to laugh about, to smile about, to care about. So much to enjoy, so much to love.
Jase just made my heart melt every time he walked in. Why can’t men be like him? I swear, we live in a jungle now a days! He’s just so perfect and so sweet to Samantha. It’s perfect bliss!
And yes, the romance is absolutely lovely: This is how first love feels like: a bit clumsy, out of place, unpredictable (and supposedly world-shattering), but also damn cute. It made me smile, scratch that, it made me giggle like a child. I like their sweetness and their cuteness and i could savor this love-story forever.
SO READ THIS BOOK IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU!
My Life Next Door