Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: My Life Next Door

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: June 14th 2012
Pages: 394
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 2 Starfish

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. -
Summary and cover image from Goodreads

I tried really hard to like this book, but alas, it just wasn't meant to be.

The writing was excellent, and the story progressed at a steady pace. All of the characters were realistic, though not all of them were likeable. The main character, Samantha, didn't strike me as anything spectacular, or even memorable for that matter. But the Garretts.....they made the story!

I loved the Garretts! They were so different from the average family, and I adored their quirkiness! Their laid back, always having fun, way of life was really appealing. Samantha was also drawn into their uniqueness, particularly Jase's. I liked them together at the beginning, but then came the dreaded insta-love.

“You have to kiss me," I find myself saying.
"Yeah." He leans closer. "I do.”  

So, I'm reading along and I suddenly come to this part. They've only known each other for what? A week? And then suddenly they're kissing and "falling in love". Give me a break.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get into the story after this part. I don't like the romance to be rushed, and I felt like it was. 
There were some surprising things that happened towards the end that was interesting, but overall, this book and I did not mesh.  

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