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!