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,