- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books (June 14 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803736991
- ISBN-13: 978-0803736993
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.3 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
My Life Next Door Hardcover – Jun 14 2012
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Praise for My Life Next Door
"A teen romance [that] feels like something bigger."—The Guardian
"Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love [and] the corrupting forces of power....As the lines between villains and heroes shift, readers will be reminded how "right" and "wrong" choices are rarely crystal clear."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Samantha and Jase have chemistry that crackles: it's the novel's tender, awkward, sexy, dizzy-happy portrayal of first love that really makes it soar."—The Horn Book
"The characters are dynamic and realistic. Strong narrative pacing adds to the whole sun-kissed package, which is on par with authors such as Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti."—School Library Journal
"An almost perfect summer romance...[that] will have every girl who reads the novel wishing for a Jase of her own."—Kirkus Reviews
"Fitzpatrick perfectly captures the heady joys of first love while still dealing with everyday realities"—VOYA
"Jase and Samantha have a heart-warming romance every girl will envy."—Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series
"A wonderful read that will connect with your heart -- guaranteed!"—Lurlene McDaniel, bestselling author of HEART TO HEART
"One of the best books I read this past year. . . . Wonderful, uplifting and beautifully written."—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
Best First Book Finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards
About the Author
Huntley Fitzpatrick lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.See all Product description
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This one I've been wanting to read forever. But for some reason or another it just kept getting pushed back. There's so much love for My Life Next Door that I just needed to know why. So finally I just picked it up and said screw everything else. And God, I loved it! It's definitely a summer romance read. There's an extremely cute romance. That unlike a lot of YA contemporary books happens almost right away. And reading along I thought that's all the book was going to be BUT I was wrong. There's definitely hints at some darker themes coming my way. And man was I shocked when that plot twist happens in the last third of the book.
So Samantha seems to have it all, private school, rich princess on the outside but that's of course far from the truth. Her sister and her have been raised by their mom. And well their mom is a piece of work. She is all about appearances. And Sam must fit that perfect persona. Sam definitely doesn't come across as a princess. She's a little quirky. But really she's obviously a confused teenager. She wants to please her mom but it's also her life. And she does not want the things her mom expects of her. I do wish she would have stuck up for herself with her mom. Her mom just walks all over her for most of the book.
Sam does spend a lot of her time watching her next door neighbours, the Garrett's. The Garrett's have a lot of kids(think Cheaper by the Dozen-ish). And when they moved in beside Sam's family years ago her mom was disgusted. But Sam finds them fascinating. They're a wonderful, loving family. One night when she's sitting on her roof watching the older kids goofing around, she suddenly gets a surprise when, Jase, one the boys the same age as her makes his way up to sit with her. It's the first contact she's really had with the family, and well it just progresses from there. Sam and Jase become a couple(a very cute couple) and she starts to spend all her free time with him and the rest of the family. She even helps by babysitting the younger ones.
And Jase. Jase. God he's adorable. I just wanted to eat him right up. He's so good to and for Sam.
So the last half of the book did turn me into The Hulk. I was angry at a lot of characters. Just seeing red angry. First off, Sam's BFF Nan is a bitch. And says some very nasty things to her. There's also this guy Clay, who is Sam's moms boyfriend(that's the short version of who he is to the story). And as soon as we meet him near the beginning of the book he was giving me bad vibes. And when that awful plot twist happens he just does some s***ty things. As well as influencing Sam's mom to do these s***ty things. So prepare for anger.
I also want to mention Tim, Nan's twin brother. He's messed up. Into drugs and alcohol. Can't keep a job. But with some help from Sa, Jase and his Jase's dad, he really starts to get on the right path. And becomes the voice of reason towards a lot of situations. There's no doubt he's a very intelligent guy. And the fact that he's getting his own book makes me beyond excited.
I'm so happy to finally have experienced this book. I definitely understand why it gets the love it does. And I will definitely pick up anything else Fitzpatrick publishes.
So just picture my epic excitement when I pick up this highly anticipated new contemporary YA release only to discover that it completely reminds me of one of my FAVOURITE books. But yet still different enough to stand all on its own. My Life Next Door is one of those perfect summer reads that will leave you itching for a reread as soon you've finished it.
Reasons to Read
1.One of the best, most realistic romances I've ever read:
Huntley Fitzpatrick seriously blew me out of the water with her portrayal of Jase and Sam's relationship; I LOVE that we don't spend hundreds of pages agonizing over whether they'll get together or not. I adore how strong and trusting and open they are with each other; they really want to build on a strong foundation for their relationship, and they put effort into figuring things out and trying to work together. It's beautiful and flawed but so real, and something that many people could actually aspire to. And Jase is just such a sweetheart- so reasonable and thoughtful, and Sam is so quietly strong and brave in her own way. They just MESH and I love them. And I think you will too!
2.Plus, that romance? SA-WOON:
(If you don't get that reference, you really need to read The Truth About Forever ASAP.) I hesitated making TWO of the reasons worth reading this about the romance, but Huntley does steamy well - yet still kind of awkward and sweet, all rolled into one.
3.A gorgeous story about growing up:
Here's what's really key about the book though, is how much Sam changes and develops over the course of the novel. Much like Macy (in Truth About Forever), Sam is perfectly put together, organized, driven, and lives directly under her mother's thumb. But of course this isn't enough and she's longing for something more. So something has to change, something eventually has to give and conveniently enough, the Garrets next door are complete opposite from her own family. Sam learns so much about growing up and what happiness and love means - and not easily, either, mind you. They're hard lessons for her and those around her to learn but it's incredibly touching & ultimately, unforgettable.
Most importantly though, is this idea of acceptance and appreciating or tolerating something different from your own norms. And how poignant that theme is - and at such the right time as well. The Garretts and the Reeds are completely different - but as Sam learns, that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
My Life Next Door doesn't QUITE hold the same charm that The Truth About Forever does, perhaps partially because of nostalgia on my part and partially because I think some of the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a bit more. And I wasn't entirely sure about how I felt with the conclusion; in some areas, I thought it was just right and ideal, but in others it didn't feel quite whole and rather unresolved.
But this is a remarkable contemporary, a perfect summer read of change and transition that is sure to be loved by many readers for a very long time. <3 Sam and Jase's feelings are utterly contagious, much like the rest of this book!
E-galley received from publisher for review.
I loved this book, and I have to say that the Sam-Nan relationship is a refreshing change from the classic from-cradle-to-grave story that is littered throughout so many other YA novels, and speaking from experience, when you’re going through bff issues the last thing you want to do is read yet another book about how every person gets along with each other for the entirety of the narrative. Fitzpatrick winds everything together, leaving no strings untied , and ends the book the way that I would hope to see it: full or promise, hope, and disappointment – in a good way. Like I said, for me, the bff drama is the most relatable aspect of this book, which is probably why I love it so. I encourage you to give this book a read and let me know what you think; take it to the beach with you, or just curl up outside on a blanket – or on the couch under one and fly through it like I did!
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A nice teen-romance novel. Good afternoon read, can probably finish in a day or two.