Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 91% or A-
Buy It: Amazon
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.
My Thoughts::
I requested this book while I was in a bit of a requesting spree on netgalley. It didn't sound like the typical book that I would request, but I just can't help myself when in comes to books that includes large families. My immediate family is only a little larger than average, but my mom came from a huge family and I've always loved reading about them when I was younger.

The plot and the way that the story was told reminded me of Sarah Dessen's books, which is a great compliment. I was enveloped by all parts of the story, not just the romance. I love getting to know the family and other side characters that aren't just the usual two best friends. Jase was the swoon worthiest character that I've had the pleasure of reading so far this summer. He was so caring and a great big brother. All of the characters really flew off of the page but I especially loved Jase's little brother George.

The plot was slow at some points and Samantha really got on my nerves at times. She would know the right thing to do, but still not do it, causing more to be ruined in the process. Her best friend bothered me even more. It really showed me how everyone can see a situation differently.

Overall I think that this book had a great romance and some fantastic characters that helped boost up the lackluster ones. This is a great summer read.

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