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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick Book Review

 "One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the
My Life Next Door Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.


Before you begin to say "this plot sure sounds familiar and kinda unoriginal"  just hold on and try it because it isn't. It's a whole lot more than just a contemporary romance. The characters were lovely. The plot was interesting and way more than I would have expected. The ending (although a little lacking at the very end in my opinion) was really great and exciting. The way this book reads flows really well and keeps you interested with just enough jokes and quirky characters to balance out the meaning of the book. Which can interpreted a whole of ways. 

One of the things I really liked was the fact that the author dug into how large or slightly larger family can be harshly judged by the amount of kids that they have, I come from a small family (homeschooler, oldest of four) so I don't really have any experiences with prejudices against my family. Partly because I'm a homeschooler and well isn't that a lovely stereotype there! I have known a family who we were friends with for a while who was at that time homeschooling as well. They had 11 kids (5 adopted) and they were white with several black-ish children they had adopted. Because of their size and the mixed races of their family they got a lot of trouble in their neighborhood and the way people judged them when they first saw them. I don't want to really go into this whole subject but I really liked how the author showed how sometimes it's just a big family. It doesn't have to be because of their religion or lifestyle or whatever. 

And I really liked the Garretts. They were so hilarious. There was George who was a really smart kid who had to know for a fact that real dogs weren't used in the making of hotdogs. And that sharks wouldn't be the pool. That kinda stuff. He was so sweet. Patsy was interesting. And her first words...hmmm....yup :) Alice was also interesting and I would love to see her in a following book (heck I'd like to see any sort of sequel) and she was really scary...in a good way. Tim is someone I noticed and just knew was going to end up being important. I just knew it. And he was a great guy! Now the big ones...Sam and Jase. Wow. They were such a sweet couple. I felt like the romance was very believable and not instalove at all. It was attraction at first but isn't most love that way? It blossomed into something more and was really beautiful. Sam was someone who came off really well as a main character. A lot of times it seems like the boy gets all the attention and gets made up and worked on the most. But I think the author did a really good job with Sam. You like her and you really want her to do the right thing. You get to know her and even though her life isn't awesome she seems to realize that she doesn't have it that bad compared to others. I liked that. She was funny and I really liked her :) Jase. He was sweet. He was adorable. He was a man. Oh wow. The scenes with these two were amazingly fun. And he was a really good guy. The kind you want next door :)

I was really surprised with this book. It wasn't what I thought it would be at all. The romance is super sweet, the writing is excellent, this book is one of the best books I've read in a while and a great book for its genre that really steps outside the box. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it!! (15+ as is does have some language and a partially descriptive sex scene) Also one quick note on the ending...it was great but it just felt a little abrupt :/ There a few tiny minor things that I didn't like as much, but the whole rest of the book makes up for it. Really. I'd go out and buy this book...hey that's a good idea! :)

Girly For Life Sierra Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.

12 comments:

  1. First of Sierra it's nice to meet you. Second of I couldn't agree more! This one strikes as usual book with same old story but it's much better than that. Great review! :)

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  2. Hello Sierra! :D I have this one sitting my shelf and i cannot make time to pick this up! I have heard nothing but amazing things about it, and I just love contemporary so I know I'm going to really enjoy this! The characters sound fantastic and so does the romance! I'm glad you enjoyed this! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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    1. Yes! It was a great book, I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. I really loved this one too! The family aspect is seriously my favorite of the novel, I think. Every Garrett child was so great and fun, yet different! I agree with you on the romance, it was a strong attraction and it just blossomed really well. I'm so happy you loved this one, I did too! Lovely review, dear! :)

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    1. Thank you! It's really true how that happens in big families, the kids kinda become their own person quicker and they feel like they need to have their own "thing" :)

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  4. I really liked the big family shown here. You don't see it a lot and like you said, it can get prejudiced against, unfortunately. I'm glad you liked this one! And agreed, would have liked a teeny tiny bit more at the end. :)

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    1. Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way, I felt so bad saying anything negative against this book :)

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  5. Hi Sierra, I enjoyed this book too. I love the colorful story about family and romance. Great review :D

    -Dannielle

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    1. Thank you! And I'm glad you enjoyed it as well :)

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  6. I loved the family in this story. Actually, I loved it all!! Such a great book. :)

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  7. First of all, you're a homeschooler? I am too! (well, kinda was because I'm dual enrolled in college and will be full time this fall as a senior) That's awesome. I guess 4 kids the homeschooler number because that's the same as us. Anyways, for the book, you have me hooked. The family and dynamics sound great and I love the sound of it! Great review!

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