Review: My Life Next Door

Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Summary and Cover:
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.
Oh, mercy! I loved this book so very much! Jase and Samantha were great characters. Their relationship, from the beginning of the book until the end, was fantastic! I appreciated that they both accepted one another for who they were and not based on their families and what was said about the families. They were both hard workers and had goals. Samantha, who didn't need to work, did. She even helped out and babysat for the Garretts when it was needed.

Tim was a great secondary character. A druggie, but good guy, who gets his act together because of the Garretts.

Nan, Samantha's best friend, disappointed me. Big time.

I also felt sorry for Grace, Samantha's mom, especially at the end. She wouldn't have ended up like she was if it wasn't for Clay. Stupid Clay!

With all books, you know there's going to be some twist. Something bad. A break-up. Something! This book, like all others, had those. It was done well and wasn't cheesy like it could have been. The bad thing that happened, was truly bad. It truly affected all of the characters, not just the main character.

My Life Next Door was a perfect read!

My Life Next Door is also a standalone book. This one takes the place of another I had read and reviewed but has been picked up as a trilogy!


  1. YEEEES! I'm so happy you read this one, Lisa!!! I read it just a week or so ago, too, and it was AWESOME! I loved that it wasn't all about the love, but about the two characters' situations -- there was so much more depth to the story than I had thought there would be. And Tim! I loved his character -- especially seeing his turnaround as the story progressed.

    Great review!

    1. I was so happy for Tim! Jase and Mr. Garrett, and even Samantha, saved him. Big time!

  2. Ah! I still haven't read this but the more reviews I read, the more I am tempted to move this up the list! Great review!

  3. Great review. I loved this one as well and I'm really hoping that Tim will get his own book. I would love to read more about him. =)