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Sunday, November 27, 2016

My Life Next Door ~Review

"Feel sorry for anyone who 
thinks what they think 
is right should be 
some universal law." 

Back of book:
"One think my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garrets. All the time." The Garrett's 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.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick was so sweet. There was the "Boy Next Door" feel, where there is this guy that can potentially be a love interest. But then you have the strict, unrealistic parents that makes it so much harder to be yourself and do what is best for you.

While reading this book, I knew what my heart wanted and I knew how I wanted the story to end, but there was so much going on in this book. Everything about it was great! Well.... almost everything, but I don't want to give the whammy away.

There is something about having such a strong family presence in books that just makes me smile. I love my family and in my life, family is a big deal. To have that same family importance in a books is always a welcomed element in a story. It's also one that I don't find often. Usually a novel will focus solely on the two protagonists and maybe a very selected few outside characters. But when I do find a book that incorporates that family element, it awes me. In My Life Next Door, the Garrett family was a family. Not just a family but a force. Each Garrett had a strong personality and they all brought something new to the story.

As exciting as the family element in a story, having children also involved is something that just makes me smile. The children in this story were extremely present in Samantha's story. As much as children can bring good things into a story, it can also kill the story. But Fitzpatrick wrote the children in a way that wasn't ridiculous and too in your face. Although they were there, they were subtle. Well as subtle as children in real life can be. Regardless, she incorporated them nice.

I really enjoyed this book. As much as it was about first love and family, it was also about finding yourself. But that finding yourself element wasn't suffocating. You know how some "finding yourself" books can almost choke you? I mean, you are reading a book to escape the pressures of real life. You don't want to be stressed out while reading a book. Sometimes the "finding yourself" books do this. My Life Next Door, wasn't like that. Although the element was there, it wasn't overbearing.

What may have gotten me to like this book as much as I did was the broken characters, both physically and figuratively. This book wasn't all sunshine and rainbows and I appreciated that. I liked that Samantha's friend and her family hall had broken things about them, whether their thoughts or their actions, they each had something about them that needed fixing or reflecting.

The whammy of this book had my heart racing and near tears. "How could this happen," I kept asking myself. You'll know what I'm talking about when you get there. My only advice is to KEEP READING!

Five stars for this book! Loved it and I listened to it on audio. The narrator was perfect! You could really feel how Amy Ruminate stepped into Samantha's head and howe she was able to relate to Sam. The audio was incredible and if you don't have time to read, the audio is definitely worth it!

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