Published by Penguin on June 14th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
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.