“My YA glom continuous with this lovely book on a young romance between two teenagers who live next door. Samantha is the daughter of a state senator, responsible and pretty while Jase is the third child among 8 of the family next door. While they have been neighbors for 10 years it was only this summer that they start to get to know and fall in love with each other. The story of a young romance is laced with moral ambiguities that become very personal for both Jase and Samantha. ”ALICE S wrote this review Sunday, December 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I heard this was a good YA romance novel, but I just found it boring. The romance was over the top, the characters were badly composed stock characters, and every plot twist was either forgotten (you see your best friend cheat on the SAT's? That's ok, you'll never talk to her again and it'll never be brought up by anyone. Your friend is an alcoholic and drug addict who almost kills you? That's cool, he'll go to one AA meeting and then you'll trust him to babysit) or written off. Plus, the author took nearly 300 pages to get to the main action. As overly-sugar-sweet the first love story was, it wasn't enough. ”EmilyBat wrote this review Saturday, December 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“the best I've ever read ”Olesya wrote this review Wednesday, November 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book but thought it was way too expensive for an e-book. But it was a great read.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Monday, November 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a GREAT book...You couldnt help but root for Samantha and Jase. And even though it's just a book I wanted to kill Samantha's mother..I really enjoyed this booked”Allyson~8844 wrote this review Thursday, October 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was such a fun, romantic book. Sam and Jace were just adorable together. It took me back to being a teenager and falling in love. The butterflies, the first kiss, and just the thought of seeing that certain someone:)
Coming from a big family myself, it was easy to relate to the Garrett's. I do find it weird how the older ones seem to get out of helping out and Alice is basically a slut. Mr. and Mrs.Garrett did not seem like parents that would approve of that type of behavior. George was just the cutest little boy and loved the little things he would come up with. Sam's home life was actually pretty sad and I really felt bad for her, especially when Clay came along and her mom went along with whatever he said. Glad I decided to read this book, really good read!:)”
“I am in love with this story and have book hangover all over the place.
I loved Sam to pieces, even as she broke my heart. Her secondary characters were rich and well fleshed out, too. Again, even as they broke what was left of my heart. The story itself was so engaging that I spent the last two hours at work today with my Kindle Cloud reader open on my work computer to finish it because I could not stop reading after lunch today.
The only thing that pulls the rating down from 5 stars is Jase's family. George running around without pants all the time (when he's clearly of an age where he could put them back on easily on his own. If this is such a close community where Sam's mother is always watching them, someone (and probably Sam's mom) would have called Child Services. Also, the mother doing things like walking around while nursing a child old enough to walk and talk. While standing. As well as the constant references to her doing this every time Sam saw her. I have nothing against nursing mothers, have nothing but respect for them especially as I wasn't able to nurse my own, but as a mother of two - the logistics of holding a toddler with one arm while nursing just doesn't fly. I guess what I wish most is that they had been kept as a working class family rather than something closer to Dogpatch.
That small glitch aside, I loved every member of that family. From Alice to Patsy.
And Tim. God, how I loved Tim. Just. So much. So much that I hope she revisits this world for him, so we know what happens to him, and maybe a further resolution with Nan and Sam.”
“There isn't much more to say other than excellent, this book is simply excellent. With every page Fitzpatrick sets the beautiful, wonderful, tragic tone, real life transpiring without being dull. Readers will be able to identify with one, if not all the characters as they all are multi-dimensional. You will not find insecure or misdirected lust in these pages, as the blossoming love between Samantha and Jase that unfolds is just as multi-dimensional and real as the characters. Not since "I'm Not Her" by Janet Gurtler have I loved a contemporary YA this much. READ IT!”Senator wrote this review Monday, October 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“MY LIFE NEXT DOOR By: Huntley Fitzpatrick is about a girl named Samantha Reed who is 17 years old, her family are exactly the opposite from the Garrett's. The Garrett's are loud, numerous, messy, caring, and loving toward one another. Samantha always climbs out her window on to her belcony perch to watch them wishing she was a part of the Garrett family. Until one summer evening, Jase Garret climbs her terrace which will soon change everything. They fall in love fast and right when she thinks everything is perfect, everything falls apart and she is faced to make an impossible decision. To find out what happens read this book, it really keeps you guessing! ”Rachel Hassmann wrote this review Saturday, November 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Samantha has always lived in a quiet home with her mother and sister. Her neighbors, the Garretts, are the opposite. They have a large amount of children and there house is always bustling with activity. They are loud and have a messy yard, Samantha is not to talk or associate with them. Instead, Samantha goes to her secret place and silently watches the Garretts from the safety of her own room. Until one night, one of the older two Garrett sons climbs up the trellis and onto her balcony. She is surprised but they talk like they are old friends, then one day she goes into the Garretts' house. She loves the family, and soon starts spending more and more time with them and Jase. Her Jase become close and start dating, Samantha keeps all this information from her mother. She knows she would be furious, plus her mother is too busy with her election that she does't even notice Samantha's absence. Samantha starts babysitting for the Garretts and soon becomes close with the family. Nan, Sam's friend, has a brother Tim who is out of control. Her brother is constantly in the need of Jase, Sam, and Nan's help, they find him multiple jobs and he starts to do better. One day when Sam gets home she tells her mom about her relationship with Jase. Her mother freaks out but is soon preoccupied with the election again. After a traumatic event that includes both the Reeds and the Garretts, Samantha must choose between the family she has known all her life and the one she has grown to love.
I liked this book very much, it has very interesting events. It had a very unexpected twist at the end. It was realistic and very well written, the characters were amazing. I loved the differences between the two families, I also love how I could easily imagine the way each character looked and their voices. It had a very interesting plot that was easy to follow without getting confused.
I very seldom have dislikes in books and this book is no exception. If I were to pick out dislikes it might be the coldness of the mother. I understand she was meant to be un-motherly but she could have been at least the teeniest bit more motherly at times. I also feel that the author should have included the sister more often, it would've added to the story. Teenage girls would really enjoy this story, it is realistic fiction, meaning it is not real but could happen in real life. ”