My Life Next Door — Review

I happened upon this book when it was on a daily deal. I really liked the cover, but I wasn’t sure if the book would be worth my time. I’ve read several GREAT books this year so I knew it’d be tough for another to live up to my increasing standards. I tried a sample of the book and thought it was worth a shot. I’M SO GLAD I PURCHASED IT!!

‘My Life Next Door’ was a pleasant surprise. The story revolves around Samantha, who lives with her sister and Senator mom. Next door are the Garretts–a family her mom looks down on because the couple has so many kids and their yard is not up to her standards. Samantha has been secretly spying on the Garretts for years from her roof. She finds their life interesting and completely opposite hers. The irony is evident where Samantha’s family is rich and broken, but the Garretts are struggling financially yet remain strong as a family. One day, Samantha finds herself face-to-face with Jase Garrett, who has been watching her watch his family for years. What follows is a believable tale of shocking realizations, broken friendships, family woes, and above all–first love.

The only thing I wish had been different about this book is the use of strong language. One character uses the f-word quite a bit. It helps us understand him and see his growth, but it’s still annoying to try to ignore those words.

I highly recommend this book. Every time I thought the story was getting predictable, something unexpected would happen. I seriously enjoyed ‘My Life Next Door.’ I’m looking forward to Fitzpatrick’s future work!

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Have you read any good books lately? Leave me your recommendations in the comments!


3 thoughts on “My Life Next Door — Review

  1. Pingback: What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick — Review | Amber Writes

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