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My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door
Huntley Fitzpatrick
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
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.


I was expecting a sunny, lighthearted summer romance. A classic, predictable, fluffy romantic comedy. Actually, it was quite serious and addressed a lot of important issues. There were a lot of unresolved plot lines at the end of this book. I’m looking forward to the next one. I desperately need to know what happens to Mr. Garrett, Samantha and Nan, Tim and Alice, and Samantha’s mom. Relationships were complicated in this story and felt very realistically portrayed. I think a lot of teens will identify with it and enjoy it, also.

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