Review: ‘My Life Next Door’ by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Review: ‘My Life Next Door’ by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Penguin on June 14th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library
A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another“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, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.

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The family dynamics between the Garretts and the Reeds are like night and day. I’m just in love with the Garretts and their family relationships. Though it’s not perfect, I pretty much love how loving the parents are. Each and every single family member were just so wonderful. I love reading about them the most. Each person felt like they were a real live person. While reading this I felt like I was watching a movie, a comedy of course.

Ever had one of those amazing reads where the characters personalities just leap off the pages? This is that book. I’m just in love with the Garretts. Especially George.. He is too hilarious. I loved him so much.

Even though there isn’t much of a story-line, just the daily life of Samantha and her babysitting job with the Garretts, I still felt like I was this outsider looking in. This is how much love I could feel for their families. So cute!

Overall, I would have given this a three out of five if weren’t for my love of the Garretts. They’re worth reading about the most.


This is Sailor Supergirl. She knows all about black holes. But you can’t marry her because she’s going to marry Jase.
I guess I like things that take time and attention. More worthwhile that way.
I’m not sure I can pull off being just friends with someone whose clothes I want to rip off.
You can tell who to trust. People can, just like animals. We don’t listen as well as they do, always, but it’s still there. That prickling feeling when something’s not right. That calm feeling when it is.
Who are these people, and why do they think their own opinions are the only right ones?
Sometimes when I look at you, I can’t think.
It’s just whether you’re going to do a decent thing or keep doing shitty things. So choose. Just stop whining about it.
Good people struggle. Life’s not fair.
The right thing to do is so easy to see when you are seventeen years old and don’t have to make any big decisions. When you know that no matter what you do, someone will take care of you and fix everything. But when you’re grown up, the world is not that black and white, and the right thing doesn’t have a tidy little arrow pointing to it. Things happen, adults make decisions, and that’s the bottom line.
Duff once said in show-and-tell that ‘every time Dad brings out the big stick, Mommy’s having a baby.’
I never play games with little boys.

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  1. Britt Bryan

    October 31, 2016 at 1:16 AM

    This is the book that got me back into reading after being out of it for years. I love the Garrett family, too! They are worth the read alone.

  2. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales

    April 14, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    This book has been in my TBR for a really long time!I really want to read as it sound quite a lot like a Sarah Dessen novel.And I love books about families!
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