The Compulsive Reader: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Monday, July 9, 2012

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Samantha has been watching the Garretts, the family next door, for years. She never imagined that she'd ever be allowed into their messy, chaotic world until the day that Jase Garrett introduces himself and the two begin to fall for each other. Samantha is thrilled to be a part of the Garretts' lives, but she knows that her mother, the conservative state senator, would not be happy with the association. So Samantha sneaks around, avoiding her mother's judgment, until one night her two worlds collide and Samantha must decide what's right, and which family she will stand with.

Huntley Fitzpatrick has crafted a near-perfect summertime read in My Life Next Door. With an intoxicating blend of romance, humor, sunshine, and realistic family and moral issues, this book sucks you in from the very beginning. The characterization is fantastic; Samantha is an engaging and relatable protagonist who struggles with knowing and loving her mother, even if she doesn't always agree with her views or actions. This issue seems to float in the background at the beginning, but it quickly rises to the surface as the book progresses, becoming the main problem. Each member of the Garrett family is vibrant and memorable, Samantha's friends are flawed and special, and even the book's "bad guy" Clay has a magnetic personality that makes him fun to hate. Samantha and Garrett's relationship is so much fun—he's an easy-going, hardworking, and charming character. Though their romance wasn't always perfect or ideal, the way that each of them work through the rough patches was realistic and true. The major conflict is quite a big deal, and Fitzpatrick handles it well, staying true to her characters and their situations. Though the ending is neither ideal nor perfect, it felt right, and after everything that Samantha and Jase go through, the book does leave them in a good place. My Life Next Door is an excellent, beautifully written book with great pacing, wonderful emotion, and unforgettable characters.

Cover Comments: I love this cover--the fence behind the characters is a cool element, and I am in love with the lighting. It's so fresh and summery. I will say that the romance of the cover does belie the rather serious nature of the book, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Such a beautiful cover!

Review copy purchased on Kindle (because I couldn't wait for it!).


Anonymous said...

Lovely review!!
I'm actually quite excited to read this book as it sounds sweet and summery and your review just bumped it up on the TBR list :D

Mary Preston said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I've already got it on my wish list. I have heard it's very good.

Krystianna said...

THis one sounds really good! Thank you so much for the review. :)