My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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

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.

"A summer romance with depth." —The Boston Sunday Globe

"Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An almost perfect summer romance." —Kirkus Reviews

"On par with authors such as Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti." —SLJ

About Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Huntley Fitzpatrick ( lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Published June 14, 2012 by Puffin. 400 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Fitzpatrick delivers an almost perfect summer romance: The way Jase woos Samantha—gently, with humor, patience and a joint trip to CVS to pick out condoms—will have every girl who reads the novel wishing for a Jase of her own.

Apr 25 2012 | Read Full Review of My Life Next Door

The Overflowing Library

Firstly I loved loved loved Samantha the main protagonist of the book.

Aug 07 2012 | Read Full Review of My Life Next Door

WAPL Teens

Samantha suddenly is rescued from her perfect life, in the most perfectly not perfect way ever.

Aug 16 2012 | Read Full Review of My Life Next Door

The Starry-Eyed Revue

... Series: My Life Next Door, book #1 (companion series) ... My original review can be found here, but below are some other thoughts I had upon ...

Jun 29 2015 | Read Full Review of My Life Next Door


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.

Jul 05 2012 | Read Full Review of My Life Next Door


“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts.

Nov 01 2012 | Read Full Review of My Life Next Door


It's when Samantha is among the Garrett family that she finally feels comfortable in her own skin – she's not expected to be the perfect daughter that her mother wants her to be.

Nov 29 2012 | Read Full Review of My Life Next Door


The plot was great, it was never boring and I loved how Huntley shows that beginning of Samantha's and Jase relationship, there isn't the insta-love, it developed at a normal pace which every couple does grow through.

Jun 19 2012 | Read Full Review of My Life Next Door

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Haley Gilpatrick 23 Feb 2014

UH-MAY-ZING!!!! This is one of my favorite books. RazOrBill was right, this book is SA-WOON worthy!!