Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 14, 2012
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick is everything that I wanted it to be and more. Deliciously sweet, this story had me saying “aww” every couple of pages. With undeniably lovable characters and a great plot, I can’t help but adore this book just as much as everybody else before me.
Without a doubt, My Life Next Door is the perfect summer read. Samantha starts off her summer seemingly like every other to-be senior, except when she finally meets the boy next door, Jase Garrett. But this family isn’t your typical one– it’s a family of eight children. Once she meets Jase, her summer ignites like a bomb and turns into something she does not expect.
I love everything that happened in this story. There’s the obvious romantic tension: Sam and Jase click in the beginning, but it’s not insta-love at all. I found myself cheering on their relationship because they are simply perfect for each other. Their fervent love for one another is clear and obvious, as well as realistic and true. Sam herself is an altruistic character, always going out of her way to help the Garretts, whatever the situation. She proves to be a strong character, and stands up for what she believes in. And Jase, whew, *fans self*, where can I find one?
My favorite aspect of this novel is surely the generously large family, the Garretts. With children ranging from toddlers to teens, they bring about a sense of chaos and, conversely, assuage during the times of stress for adults. I love the family involvement that Fitzpatrick decided to include in this story.
In all honestly, I’m shocked that it took me THIS long to read this beautiful and adorable book. Fans of Anna and the French Kiss or Nantucket Blue will enjoy this one a lot, I think! The romance is sigh-worthy and the laugh-out-loud familial aspects ties in perfectly in this novel. Pick this one up before the summer ends!