“September, 25th, 2013: First 100 pages
In the book, "My Life Next Door", the main character Samantha lives a life where her mother is severally high maintenance. She doesn't know her dad because he left before she was born and has her older sister Tracey ready to leave for college in the end of summer. Her mom works with the government and is constantly busy with work and campaigning. So Samantha has a whole summer to her summer job and her friend Nan, although she thought. Years before, a family named the Garret's, moved across the street from her. Samantha's mother never liked them though. Their kids were noisy, too many kids running around the house, the mother breast feed openly, and their house wasn't perfectly clean. In the summer though, Jase, one of the older boys from the Garret house hold, becomes Samantha's friend. When Jase introduces Samantha to the family, the Garret's start having Samantha help them out with babysitting and just hangout with the kids. When Jase and Samantha hangout more, the two of them fall in love. But Samantha doesn't want to tell her mom about hangout with the Garret's.
I liked the first hundred pages of this book because I like the romance and the secrecy in it all. I like how the Garret family is actually a normal family that cares about each other and are kind to each other. But I also like how Samantha has a conflict in her home. That cause Samantha to want to hangout with the Garret's more often, even though her mother doesn't like them at all just for the fact their house is a little chaotic. I think that Samantha likes going to the Garret's house because one Jase is there, and two is doesn't have to be a perfect child at all times. She seems more relaxed when she with the Garret's even though she is watching two little kids and two slightly older kids. ”
To what extent is Jase a typical member of the Garrett family, or does he somehow stand apart?
Jase doesn't stand out over the other Garret's because he's just an ordinary guy. For example, he has a job for his father, wants to go to college, has to do chores, and likes to hangout with friends. He's no different than any other person. He is different a little because he knows more people in the town than most people, making him a social yet a non popular person. He's open with people unlike his sister Alice who is somewhat quiet, but not as curious as his little brother George who asks questions about everything.
Final Response: The book "My Life Next Door", is a story about how a girl deals with a difficult dissuasion and a love for two very different families. Samantha goes through several conflicts throughout the book, but it all interconnects with one problem in the end. With her mother having an issue with the Garret's and Jase not truly knowing who Samantha's mother is. Through the conflicts that happen between the two families, Samantha is put between a difficult situation that could hurt one of the families in the end.