In Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Posted September 29, 2015 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 25, 2013
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 10 hours and 39 minutes
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
How I got it: I bought it!
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My rating:

The Garretts 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.


in review my thoughts

What can I say about My Life Next Door that hasn’t been said 1,000 times before? I love this book. To this day it remains one of my all time favorite YA contemporaries. It’s a wonderful book. It’s a great portrayal of teenage life and first love. Jase is swoony. Samantha is real and likable. This book took over my life when I read it. Both the first time, years ago, and more recently when I decided to do a reread both in preparation for The Boy Most Likely To and just because I LOVED it and wanted more of this world Huntley created.

My Life Next Door made me wish I’d have grown up next door to a family like the Garretts. How could you not fall in love with ALL of the Garretts? I sure did. Each of their personalities was so unique to them and came through on every single page. Add Sam’s “bad boy” friend Tim to the mix and you have pure bookish gold. The characters truly make this book special. Of course, as with any book there are some not-so-nice characters that you’ll love to hate, but even they are well-written and play an important part in driving this story.

This book was to read the first time and it was every bit as good the second time around. The narrator, Amy Rubinate, did a fantastic job giving life to Sam and the other characters in the story. Her performance was great. I felt like Sam was actually in my ear herself, telling me her story.

It’s rare that I find a book that has me grinning from ear-to-ear on nearly every page, but that’s what My Life Next Door did to me. It had loads of humor and heart, but also a depth and underlying message of pursuing what’s important to you, no matter the cost. And, you know, that sometimes the best family is the one you’ve made for yourself. If you’re like me, you can expect some feels with this book, but I think you’ll find it more heartwarming than anything else. If you’re looking for a book to make you smile, this is the one.


About Huntley Fitzpatrick

Huntley Fitzpatrick grew up dreamy and distracted in coastal Connecticut. She flourished in a family of bookworms where everyone always had their nose in a book. She kept an exhaustively thorough journal which frightened her boyfriends but has proved very useful in her career as a writer. Her debut contemporary Romance, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, was published in June of 2012 by Penguin-Dial for Young Readers. Now she laughs with and eavesdrops on her six children who provide her with perspective and material. She is represented by the amazing Christina Hogrebe of the Jane Rotrosen Agency.


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3 responses to “In Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

  1. Happy sigh. This book. It’s one of my ALL TIME favorite YA contemps. I just adored Sam and Jase SO much. I didn’t love The Boy Most Likely To, but I was happy to see Tim and Alice again. I just love the Garrett family to pieces.

    • Kim

      Yes. I’m happy it was just as great the second time around, too. The Garrett family makes my heart so happy. I, too, didn’t love The Boy Most Likely To, but I can’t deny I enjoyed getting more of Tim, Alice and the Garrett crew.