Jul 15, 2013

Memory Lane Monday: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Yes, it is that time of the week. The day we dread and wish would never come- Mondays. *Wipes tear* But have no fear, Memory Lane Monday is here! Every Monday, here at TheYABookworm, I'll do a special post called Memory Lane Monday. What's that you ask? Memory Lane Monday is a once-a-week post where I (or any other bloggers that wish to participate)  choose one book that I've previously read to be featured on that day. From the book chosen, I will pick two of my favourite quotes and write a little blurb containing my quick thoughts on the book. The books that I choose will not be books I've reviewed- since I've read so many books, I want to share with you my opinions on ones that I won't get the chance to fully review (because seriously, rereading dozens of books would take a year...or two)! Be sure to participate by leaving your "Memory Lane Monday" in the comments, or a link to your blog post with the hash-tag #YAMemoryLaneMonday on twitter :D

This Week's Memory Lane Monday...
My Life Next Door By: Huntley Fitzpatrick
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?                                                            
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

Top Two Favourite Quotes...
#1 “You have to kiss me," I find myself saying.
"Yeah." He leans closer. "I do.” 

#2 “Um. So ... Are we going to study?"
Jase slides his thumbs behind my ears, rubbing the hollow at their base. He's only inches from my face, still looking into my eyes. "You bet. I'm studying you.” 


      Since its release last year, I've had My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick on my TBR List and I am so happy that I finally bought and read it this summer. Although I read a lot of paranormal/dystopian, I always gravitate towards contemporary in the Summer and I have to say that My Life Next Door was a great one to start off with!

     There are so many elements of this book that had me hooked from the beginning to end. Of course the romance is a big part of it, but there were other things apart from the romantic storyline that I feel added to the novel and made it something more than just "another love story". I particularly loved the dynamic of Jase's family, the Garretts. The chaos, lack of organization and hilarious children (especially little George) make not only the Garretts' house a fun setting, but also a place that felt like home! For those of you wondering about the romance, I particularly liked Jase and Samantha's relationship because although they are teenagers, they're very mature-- making their relationship take on a mature feel as well. In addition to that, their chemistry is just so sweet that I found myself more than a few times wishing to have a neighbor like Jase Garrett! *Sigh* A girl can dream, right?!

     Overall, My Life Next Door is one of those books you just have to read! It may only be 394 pages, but you'll still find yourself helplessly falling in love with everything this book has to offer! My Life Next Door is the kind of book that reminds you why YA is just a fantastic genre. Have you read My Life Next Door? Are you excited for Huntley Fitzpatrick's next novel releasing in 2014? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!

Your Y.A. Bookworm,
Caitlin <3


  1. I haven't read this book yet, but believe me, I want to so badly. It sounds like a wonderful read that'll make you soar up in the clouds and constantly watch out your neighbors in case you find that kind of boy living right next to you (I'm not spying, I swear! I know I don't have such luck) But I wish...
    I was THIS close to buying the book, but another one called me so I had to put it on hold for a bit more, but surely the next one will be My life next door. I must meet him, I have to. I'm already in love with him :)
    Thanks for the review, it was awesome!

    1. Your comment honestly put the biggest smile on my face :D ! Once you get the chance, buy the book and enjoy spending time with Jase ! ...Oh and let me know what you end up thinking about it!

  2. great review! I've been looking for some realistic YA-fiction for sometime, and don't get me wrong there's no shortage BUT this book intrigues in romantic side aha so thank you for that!

    Anyways, i've been looking at your blog reviews and basically just posted 8 new "to-reads" on good reads!

    You should come over to my blog @ http://straightfromthereadersmouth.blogspot.com
    I'm a new to the blogosphere and really appreciate the followers!

    1. Aww you're so sweet-- Thank-you so much! Makes me feel good to know I was able to fill up your TBR shelf! Hope you enjoy My Life Next Door as much as I did!

      I'll be sure to check out and follow your blog right now :)


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