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Zaloguj Anuluj. I agree that these things can be handled privately - scandals and fights are so not my thing, but anyways it is a shame that someone might need to get to something like that, that someone might suffer not only one person, but many more; not only one family, but two. Alice, next in line, dyed her hair outlandish colors and wore clothes that provoked commentary from Mrs. Which perfect family will save her? View all 43 comments. I'm one of 6. Five years ago, Mom went into politics.
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Read it Forward Read it first. Pass it on! Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Melissa Martin's Reading List View all 22 comments. Mar 21, Mimi Valentine rated it it was amazing Shelves: FACT 1: I'm not a contemporary girl. I love paranormal books way more than my realistic ones; worlds that don't really exist enthrall me way more than real ones do. Because those supernatural books are usually more badass, intense, and fun than everyday romances.
FACT 2: My Life Next Door totally voids the first fact!! Where can I even start with how much I loved this book? How much it took me surprise, grabbed my heart, and wouldn't Rating: How much it took me surprise, grabbed my heart, and wouldn't let go?
It's still sweet and romantic and funny and brilliant. But I thought I had a good guess to what the huge plot twist would be, and boy was I wrong! I didn't expect it at all , which doesn't happen with me and contemporaries very often. And the cast — I loved every single character! They were all so perfectly, brilliantly, wonderfully written. There's Sam, who I ached for, because she grows up with the pressure to be perfect from a mother who doesn't know the definition of fun.
Then there's Jase, and God, I loved him so much! I'm not even kidding! I already have our wedding colours picked out. But I can't forget mentioning the entire Garrett family!
Made up of eight totally individual children and two adoring parents, the Garretts are my dream family. Loud, fun, hilarious, affectionate. Obviously Jase is my favourite, but George — Jase's adorable 4-year-old brother who watches too much Discovery Channel for his own good — was a close favourite! The wit! The complexity! This book was funny like I didn't expect, and heartwarming in ways I never imagined. With one of the funnest contemporary casts of all time, an extremely sweet and beautiful romance, and a twist that will be a surprise, My Life Next Door is undoubtedly one of the best contemporaries of all time — and one of my all-time favourites as well!
Why are you even thinking about this question?? I bought this book on a whim and it became a favourite. Start saving up your change because this is WAY worth the buy — I'm actually a little tempted to buy two copies! My older sister read this book in two days View all 64 comments. What an enjoyable young adult story! She watches them but never engages until the summer before her senior year when she meets Jase Garrett and his seven siblings. Her mother is a real piece of work and not only looks down on the Garrett family but gets caught up with her new campaign guy Clay and lacks a lot of the important mom skills.
The author throws in a great cast of What an enjoyable young adult story! The author throws in a great cast of charters, adorable younger Garrett kids and a pure love story.
It has nothing to do with how things look from far away and everything to do with the how they are up close. View all 51 comments. The writing was fluid and wonderfully captured the essence of being a teen in a very realistic manner.
While the story didn't necessarily blow me away, it certainly held my interest and warmed my heart. Samantha is a young girl who, at first glance, appears to have it all. She's beautiful, wealthy, and has a determined mother in politics who keeps up a perfect appearance for their well-respected family.
But Samantha isn't happy. Because her motivated-mommy is cold, selfish, and emotionally distant; placing more care in her work-life than in their home. From the porch outside her bedroom window, Samantha longingly watches the large and lively family living next door.
The Garrett's are everything Samantha's mother is not: But they are also a happy, loving family, and Samantha cannot help becoming drawn to their unique lifestyle. For Samantha, watching them is like dreaming--until one day Jase climbs up to her window, and the Garrett's finally materialize. This story's pace is slow and steady. Jase and Sam build an instant friendship that leads slowly to young love.
However, all is not perfect, and Jase and Sam eventually find themselves facing a very real crisis. One that could ultimately tear them apart. I'm aware that a certain degree of tension must be added in a story, but I'm not sure I loved the specifics of this one. It's not that the turn it took wasn't believable, but I felt my heart just wasn't all-in. I did see some readers mention that the ending was a bit disappointing. While I typically prefer a more abrupt, less detailed ending, I must agree with the general opinion in this case.
The story didn't feel like it actually ended -- it felt as if it just fell off. Like it was dropped. I wanted to pick it back up All things considered, I did enjoy the story and would certainly recommend to those in search of a charming, YA summer read.
Book Stats: Young love. Lonely heroine. Sweet, lively hero. Two young teens from opposite backgrounds find love. View all 79 comments. Mar 17, Stacey prettybooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: Seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed lives a quiet, stable life compared to her neighbours. The Garretts are loud and chaotic and everything Samantha's senator mother tries to avoid, so Samantha knows her mother would not be happy that she has fallen in love with Jase.
She joins them for meals, helps Andy decide what to wear on her first date and babysits George and Patsy. But Samantha's mother is completely unaware of her daughter's secret life next door, too focused on her own political campaign — until tragedy strikes. Samantha must first convince herself to do what's right. I'm part of a small family and struggle to imagine what it must be like to be one of eight children, but I loved reading about the Garretts, and watching Samantha figure out how to navigate their world.
Aside from the wonderful romance between Jase and Samantha — which develops slowly and naturally, and is a lot fun to read — friendship is also important to the story, particularly how the two teenagers deal with twins Tim and Nan, both struggling in their own ways.
My Life Next Door was the perfect summer romance story — until it took a more unexpected, serious turn. We get to see whether Samantha and Jase's relationship can withstand the pressure as their lives come crashing down, affecting not only their own relationship, but the strong bonds between family and friends, too.
I adored My Life Next Door. It absolutely should not have taken me three years to pick it up. I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books. View all 4 comments. Marie Francis. I only detracted a half a star, because the rest of the book was amazing. I enjoyed the comparisons and stereotypes of two completely different families.
Samantha is a sweet, determined young woman who is showcased, yet sheltered by her mother. After many years of observing the family next door, she finally meets Jase, the third oldest in the Garrett clan. This loving, loud, energetic family embraces and welcomes her into the fold, and Sam thrives on it.
She falls in love with them and Jase. Fortunately Sam is a better person than her mother could ever dream to be, and sees the Garrett's for what they really are; a messy yard, large brood, chaotic life and an overabundance of LOVE for each other and living! It is basically a clean romance; however Jase and Sam do explore their sexuality.
The author was very responsible by making them responsible. Jase and Sam take their time with this life-changing event, and the author injected some humor to lighten the mood. The condom conversation was priceless. It was so painful to read about! I have no doubt that others will feel the same.
I felt cheated and anxious after turning the last page. There was also a matter that arose between Sam and her best friend Nan that was not resolved. A chapter or two more and it would have changed my entire view on the book. That being said, for a debut book it is terrific , and the author has real talent. He went from loser to savior; I would love to read a book about him!
Even though I was dissatisfied with the ending myself, I would still recommend this book. BUT if you are someone who needs the ending to wrap up nicely, beware! Jase and Sam get their HEA, but so many questions remain unanswered. View all 62 comments. They are a huge family, very noisy and carefree, they are happy.
I cannot name them all but let me say George was my favourite. He was one of my fave characters and I would have love to see him and view spoiler [ Alice hide spoiler ] together. I have ZERO complains about him.
Where the hell is view spoiler [ the end??? I am missing it. I know I have an imagination and blah blah blah but come on!!! And that resolution about the accident? A story that will make you dream and believe that everything is possible in this world if you find your Jase. Thanks Sandra for telling me about this book and for our BR.
View all 65 comments. Okay this was a lot more hard hitting than I thought it would be. Here I was expecting a cute summer romance I mean, look at that deceiving cover! View all 7 comments. Aug 23, Kate GirlReading rated it really liked it Shelves: It was just lovely.
I loved the characters, I loved the plot and I can't wait to pick up the next books in this series. So adorable, I really enjoyed it!! Apr 22, Regan rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 13 comments.
Let's make a list. Samantha but only towards the end. Gracie Samantha's mother 3. Clay Samantha's mum boyfriend. Nan Samantha's BFF. But for my sake i'm going to keep this review short and sweet. One thing my mother never knew, and would dissaprove of most of all, was that i watched the Garretts.
All 2. They were everything she and her family were not - loud, happy, messy, loving. She wished she would be one of them. Until one summer day Jase Garrett climbs up next to her on the roof and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, something unthinkable happens and Samantha's world starts crumbling. Someone should have warned me that people who have anger issues shouldn't read this book.
Someone damn right should have said something! The last couple of pages i have been wanting to shred the whole book to pieces. Naturally because of the MC Samantha. Samantha I liked her in the beginning but at the end she became so freaking annoying i had to stop reading, take deep breaths and calm damn before i would set the book on fire and trust me, i've done it once before.
I wished she would stand up for herself and not let her stupid mother live her life for her. And she shouldn't have just taken the way her mum's boyfriend treats her. She should kick his balls and tell him to fuck off.
Sam was a very boring character, she was too good, and didn't do anything exciting like i think every girl her age should do. Have a little adventure! What i liked? Overall, My Life Next Door was Not an amazing read that i couldn't wait to get back to for sure. But it was an alright, cute, summer read. Jase was a real sweetheart that i loved and his whole family was awesome!
Don't let my review stop you from reading this, you will most likely enjoy it more than i did: View all 45 comments. Jan 03, Christine Riccio rated it really liked it Shelves: I'd say more like 4.
Here's my full review: View all 6 comments. I really liked it yet I had a few issues with it. The plot has several themes, some of which are family, belonging, doing what's right The plot was also heavily centered around politics, which wasn't interesting for me.
I've never cared about politics. I don't understand it and it never interests me. In this book, I was quickly distracted during scenes about politics. Another issue was the plot. There was no plot. Before that, it was just Samantha's daily life and her growing relationship with Jase and his family. Samantha talks about her job, her mother, her best friend, her best friend's brother and just everyday events.
I didn't like that. It made the book too long. Now, what did save the book was the Garretts. I have so much love for them! They're all so tight and they all love each and they're all so precious! My favorite other than Jase of course is the little cutie, George, Jase's 4 year old brother. Oh my God, he's beyond adorable! Now, Jase Garrett, our male MC. He's just so lovely! He's great. He's sweet and he's so good. We need more good guys in books. Jase is a great brother, a great son, and a wonderful boyfriend and honestly I'm in love with him.
In addition, his relationship with Samantha was great. It developed realistically, properly, and slowly. Also, the issues they dealt with were real. I loved it all! Samantha as an MC I have no words? I don't really know what to say about her. She wasn't annoying, but not likable either. She was just flat. So I don't really care about her. If you're looking for a cute contemporary, I'd definitely recommend this one.
Also, I decided to up my rating to a full 4 stars after writing this review, because it did clear more things for me! Dec 29, Sophia rated it really liked it. I remember being super excited for this book because Katie from Katie's Book Blog compared the level of awesomeness to Anna and the French Kiss.
And since AatFK is basically my favorite contemporary ever, you can imagine how high my expectation were. Which is why I was so sad when I started the book and felt I didn't connect well with Samantha.
She seemed sort of detached to me. Her voice wasn't very strong in my head while I was reading and that made me lack invested emotions in the b I remember being super excited for this book because Katie from Katie's Book Blog compared the level of awesomeness to Anna and the French Kiss.
Her voice wasn't very strong in my head while I was reading and that made me lack invested emotions in the book. The first half of the book was almost boring to me, which left me so disappointed. However, once the I got to page or so, I got so absorbed into the story. The plot twist took me completely by surprise and I couldn't stop reading. I wondered why the whole book couldn't be like the last quarter. It was intense, emotional, and some scenes honestly brought tears to my eyes.
I felt like Jase and Samantha's relationship moved too fast, though I did believe there were genuine feelings for each other.
I really like how they dealt with sex. It wasn't a split second decision in a hazy moment of lust. Instead, they talked about it and went shopping together for the necessary things, which was nice to read about. Although the last quarter of the book was really amazing, the uneventful first half did detract from my enjoyment of the book.
My Life Next Door is a wonderful debut that slowly simmers with the feelings of first love and questions the border between family and morals. Sophia The Book Basement Jan 02, Lora rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: My Life Next Door is the kind of story that you expect to be light and fluffy.
In a lot of ways, that is what this book is about. But, in truth, it is about so much more. Samantha Reed's character is, I think, one of the best — probably in the top ten, actually — YA heroines I've ever come across since I began reading YA fiction back in She stands up for herself and the people she cares about when it counts most, she thinks independently from her main influence in life — in this case, her mother — in a way that is smart and not just teenage rebellion.
She is smart about sex choices, doesn't just jump into bed with the first boyfriend she gets — or even the third without some smart-shopping for Trojans loved that scene! I found being in Sam's head a very pleasant, refreshing, and, often times, spontaneously hilarious experience when compared to many of the female narrators of her genre. If Fitzpatrick's future heroines turn out to be even a tenth as good as Sam was, I'm in for a real treat. And Jase.
He's down to earth, loves his family, loves his animals he's something of a zoo-keeper , and treats his girlfriend like gold. What's not to love? I think YA paranormal authors should take notes from Huntley Fitzpatrick on how to write a good male protagonist.
And Tim. I can't believe a debut author made me fall for a drug addict. If the author decided to write a companion novel about Tim maybe like Marchetta did with Thomas after Saving Francesca and, hopefully, Alice, I'd be forever grateful to the Powers That Be.
The bulk of this novel is about Samantha getting to know — and fall for — both Jase and his family. But towards the end, as the publisher-provided synopsis says, there is a big obstacle that is dropped on Sam's and the Garrett's heads, an obstacle that is not overcome easily. I wish there could have been a bit more resolution at the end with it view spoiler [Last we hear of Mr. Garrett is that he's out of ICU, and Sam's mom is still checking to see how he's doing; I would have liked for there to have been a coming-home-from-the-hospital scene, or at least a mention of a full recovery hide spoiler ] , but as a whole I think the climax was handled well.
And, on a side note, can I just say how utterly sexy some of this book is? I wasn't expecting that, either, but I love surprises. Truly, I don't feel that my words can properly describe how much I loved this book, or how much I got out of it, or how much I wish more people would discover it and feel for it what I did.
Does that mean this book was perfect? No, because no book is. But honestly, it was perfect for me. I'm extraordinarily pleased with it — so much so that I plan to reread it this summer — and will certainly be back for more from Fitzpatrick in future. Mar 27, Nadhira Satria rated it really liked it Shelves: Tbh i actually liked this. The alcoholic, druggie troublemaker who curse like a sailor and chain smokes.
Who is also actually a smart, witty, adorable puppy. Tbh he has more personality than Jase lmao bye Don't kill me, May 2. The writing It's easy to read, it's light and I needed it for my slump.
I didn't realize I was flying through the pages tbh 3. The family relationship I loved it. It's believable it's not just about the romance and it's so relatable and wholesome shdbvhjfbv I love it. From the Garrets with their 8 kids and parents that still makes out on the lawn and Sam's family with her uptight politician mom, her rebellious sister and her, I love that it focus so largely on the family aspect. Pillowtalk One of the thing that really surprised me is that this book unabashedly tackles on teenage sex.
From thinking about it, losing virginity, buying condoms for the first time and not knowing which size to get , how different it is from the movies, the blushes and awkwardness of doing it for the first time?
It is so realistic and it's wonderful. Nan What kind of a asshole shithead of a best friend is she? Tbh I'm kind of upset because there's no resolution between her and Sam but oh well. Trash took itself out.
Bye Felicia. Jase meh. I prefer the fucked up Timothy lmao 3. Jase's little siblings except for Andy I hate children. I hate reading about children.
I hate reading about babysitting weird children. I hate reading about 4 annoying children. I want to ducktape George's mouth. View all 20 comments. Feb 20, Anja H. That crazy plot twist at the end totally took me by surprise and changed the entire feel and setting of this book in a flash! It changed from being slightly superficial to teaching real life lessons.
Reading this really makes you realize the importance of family, friendship, love, loyalty and doing the right thing in the end. All the characters were a huge hit for me! The leads were great, I loved both Sam and Jase. Personally, Sam grew the most throughout this story between the both of them, but that's probably only because we see everything from her POV. My absolute favorites were George and Tim though!
George is just too cute for this planet and Tim's was one of the best character developments I've ever seen! I literally squealed when I saw that there's a companion novel about Tim and Alice! I'm probably going to devour that one as well! Ofcourse there were the obligatory characters you love to hate, Yes, Grace, Nan and Clay, I'm looking at you guys! I loved the contrast between Sam and Jase's home.
Sam's being perfect on the outside and pretty much living in a museum, but actually not having a real family bond. Jase having 7 siblings and as you can imagine under those circumstances, total disorder and chaos, but a true warm family nonetheless. They both come from very different worlds and upbringings, but managed to fall in love anyway, while teaching eachother important experiences along the way.
I did feel like the ending was kind of rushed though. I wish we knew more about what happened with certain characters in the end, but some things just weren't explained at all.
I'm hoping we'll get to know more in Tim and Alice's novel though! All in all, definitely a must-read , very cute love story with a great message! Jun 26, Anne rated it did not like it Shelves: This book went from a 5-star read to a 1-star read. I thought it would be about a romance. A contemporary novel that usually explores the values of family, friendship, life etc.
But by the end of the book There were so many unresolved issues view spoiler [i.
Especially you spend so many hours being invested in it. There's this big, bad event that happens, and I don't think it made the characters grow.
If anything, we just get a lot of anxiety, sitting around and waiting for something to happen. When it does, it was anti-climatic.
The romance didn't win me over either. Aside from their initial meet-up and the development of their relationship, the focus shifted. Jace is a sweet guy, but the romance didn't go anywhere.
And perhaps it came a little too easily. The main character wasn't likable either. Till the very end, I couldn't decide if she was a good or bad person. She was described as having a perfect life, with perfect looks, perfect body, good grades and she's rich. But the main character fell flat for me, and there isn't much of an adjective I can use to describe her Perhaps cardboard.
Definitely not memorable. Did I mention a whole of the book it's her working at her multiple jobs? Kind of boring. I'll mention that this book did have interesting secondary characters. The siblings Jace have are adorable such as George with his phobias.
After a while, you get sick of all that dialogue though. It's like the author got too carried away and once again, it came down to not much really happening.
No one learnt an amazing life lesson or repented. Nothing huge went down except that crazy, pointless twist. There wasn't a big conflict, the relationship between Sam and Jace was strong throughout the novel. Even when the 'ordeal' happened, there was this disbelief at how fast they went past that. Perhaps Jace is a little too perfect and fell flat too. He wasn't a realistic nor compelling character anymore.
Overall, this book was a let down. View all 9 comments. For years, Sam had watched the Garrett's from her bedroom next door. They're life was so opposite from the one she led. Sam has the perfect trust-fund mother who currently is a congresswoman, and the beautiful older sister always out with her latest conquest. It's just the three of them, as Sam's dad left while her mother was pregnant with her.
The Garrett's always had a lot going on with eight children: They were the type that always had the toys lying about in the fr For years, Sam had watched the Garrett's from her bedroom next door.
They were the type that always had the toys lying about in the front yard, comings and goings at all times, loud pool antics and sports playing in the front drive. In contrast, Sam's family has nothing out of place. Her mother even makes sure to vacuum any trace of footprints out of the carpet before they leave.
It was an unspoken command to stay away from the Garrett's. But day after day, Sam found herself drawn to watching them until one day one of the sons, Jase, climbs up and talks to her. From then on Sam is tied inextricably to the Garrett's, but most of all to Jase.
When tragedy strikes their families, Sam's loyalty to her family and the Garrett's is put to the test. I fell head-over-heels in love with the Garrett's. Their open love and affection they show to each other as so inviting. Something Sam has had lacking in her life. She falls not only for Jase, but for the whole family, and they fall for her. Little four-year old George seems to fall hardest, besides Jase of course.
He is so cute with his affinity for random facts, National Geographic Kids, and his constant worry over what might happen. He loves Sam instantly, calling her Super Sailorgirl because of a waitressing outfit she comes home in one day. She is drawn to this family and helps without being asked, it just comes naturally for her.
Like with all the helpful dating tips she sends Andy's way. Or just watching baby Patsy so that her mother could have some free time. Sam finds that she fits in right away.
I think she craved to be part of their obviously affectionate family from the start. I adored Jase, he is the product of a loving family, able to give love so freely himself. He's all about care and thinking about other people. The way he helps with his younger brothers and sisters, without even thinking, or being told to, is so touching.
The romance between Jase and Sam is one you could imagine lasting for years, and there were lovely swoony scenes between them that had my heart all a-flutter. Here's a quote from Jase, in the beginning of the story that made my knees go weak: Jase's green eyes meet mine, then his lashes lower. Sam's mother, Grace, was a piece of work. Vain, self-centered, and judgmental, this is a woman who should've never had kids.
She looks down her nose at the Garrett's, saying there's one in every neighborhood: Her mother is concentrating on her re-election campaign instead of her girls. She only seems concerned at making sure their lives are lived in a way that optimizes them as a campaign tool. Especially now that she has Clay, her new campaign manager and boyfriend. He's younger, charming and has Grace wrapped around his finger. Sam doesn't even recognize her mother and doesn't care for the effect Clay has on her.
I felt very sad for Sam to have been raised by this woman. This was a brilliant debut for author Huntley Fitzpatrick. I was riveted from the start of this lovely, touching and heartbreaking story.
I would love to see another story revolving around Tim and Alice! That would be entertaining.
I will certainly be picking up anything else Ms. Fitzpatrick decides to write. You can find this and more at The Readers Den View all 33 comments. Pair Bruna and Hannah October Besties 34 21 Oct 31, Readers Also Enjoyed.
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