My Life Next Door

                                                          Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick

 Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers                                          
 Pages:  394
 Genre:  Young Adult
 Source: I purchased

Goodreads:   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.

Ope’s Opinion:  The story was very good.  It kept moving.  A lot of it was predictable, until the end.  The characters were very human and realistic.  I liked the sweet relationship between Jase and Samantha.  I thought the sexual relationship between the two was handled responsibly and realistically.  

                                         My biggest complaint – as usual – is the constant use of the “f” word.  It was over used, inappropriate and  I would not want my teen reading that word over and over again.  

Rating:   Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.  I would do three and a half        
                                             chairs, but I don’t have a half of a friend.


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