Published: June 14th, 2012 by Dial
Source: Bought (Paperback)
"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."
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 am (for once) writing this right after I finished the book, and you guys, I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF RIGHT NOW. This is literally Anna and the French Kiss levels right now. I could reread this forever, probably. And I FULLY INTEND TO.
Okay, first of all, Jase Garrett is the reason I finally decided to make a book boyfriends shelf on Goodreads. (So far, Jase, Thorne, and Gansey are the only ones who've made the cut. And St. Clair, I suppose. I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT HIM.)
Jase is so sweet that I could barely handle it. Can I have a Jase Garrett? Please? The amount of swooning I did is unbelievable. And watching him and Sam experience their first loves, their first times? Seeing how adorable they were together, how Sam finally got to experience a real family? Double swooning. TRIPLE SWOONING. SOMEONE HELP ME.
|This was basically me the entire time. I needed to hug something to get ALL THE CUTE out.|
Anyway. Onto Samantha's mother. (And creepy Clay, who just gave me that ICKY feeling.) I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO FRUSTRATED AT A FICTIONAL PARENT IN MY LIFE. Sam was basically the perfect child but it was never enough. And then, well, you know, that THING happened and SHE HAD THE NERVE TO SAY SAM WAS TRYING TO MAKE IT ALL ABOUT HER AND HER FEELINGS FOR JASE. I shouted at her in my head a lot.
Also, I spent the entire book waiting for an event with Clay to happen - I totally thought he was going to end up some creepy pervert. I've probably never been so happy to be wrong.
I do think it feels a little strange that this entire book occurred over not even an entire summer. Not to say that this is a bad thing - there was plenty going on, and the development between Jase and Samantha happened at a perfect pace that felt so natural and believable and also STILL SWOONING OVER THIS RELATIONSHIP SOMEONE HELP ME.
"The Garretts were my bedtime story, long before I ever though I'd be part of the story myself."
Overall: This can't even be called a review. I don't know why I waited so long to pick up Huntley Fitzpatrick's books, but that's okay. I don't think I would have appreciated it enough when I was younger and only really interested in bad paranormal romances. Basically, My Life Next Door is a new absolute favorite of mine. Samantha and Jase were too cute for words, but this book definitely had more than just romance. 5 stars.