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My Life Next Door is an absolute must-read book!

Book Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Title & Author: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance

Release Date: June 14, 2012

Series: Standalone

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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, 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?”

The YA Contemporary Roll Continues

My contemporary reading roll cannot be stopped. My Life Next Door was simply fantastic.

There is a TON going on in the book – drama out the ying-yang – and yet all the elements are balanced so well. The story has multiple layers, and I really enjoyed uncovering the hidden depths behind this summer fun-filled book.

I don’t think I’ve read about a family I like more the the Garretts. There are 7 kids, and their house is chaotic and messy but filled with true love and affection.

Jase is one of my all-time favorite YA leading men. He’s sweet and determined and lacks any arrogance (why anyone in real life or in books finds this attractive is totally beyond me).

Seeing Sam take a step back to look at her own life was an amazing process. I’m all for transformative, eye-opening type stories, and My Life Next Door definitely qualifies.

Along with the deep stuff, we’ve also got a romance that tops of the charts of all YA I’ve read recently. It’s swoony to the absolute max!

This is a book I felt 100 percent invested in. Sam, Jase, the Garretts and even Tim are all wonderfully complex and sweet and troublesome and dark and innocent.

This book doesn’t end with everything tied up nicely in a bow – in fact my one and only beef with My Life Next Door is all the loose strings still flying away (not key things, but things I desperately cared about).
There is a companion book, The Boy Most Likely, coming out in June, so I’m wondering if we’ll get some answers there.


This is an absolute must read. On par with Morgan Matson, Kasie West and Miranda Kenneally, Huntley Fitzpatrick is an author whose work I’ll be following. My Life Next Door is an beautifully told coming-of-age story with gobs of drama and romance, and I loved every second of it.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Good one, I’m grinning like a fool here. Put it on my list, thanks so much for sharing! It would’ve been a pity to miss out on this one.

  • I completely agree – I loved this book!

  • Stephanie

    I loved this one, too!

  • Mawa Mahima

    She is a BRILLIANT author from what I’ve heard so far so it’s only fair that My Life Next Door is beautiful too, right?