Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Reread and Review ~ My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Genre: YA contemporary
Series and number: standalone
Number of pages: 400
Edition: Kindle ebook
Link to Goodreads page

Goodreads description:

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.

My review:

Rating: 5 stars
Date read: July, 2013
Source: Bought

We all have those books that we just click with. They make us feel all happy inside because they just spoke to you and said "you love me because I'm awesome." This, for me, was one of those books, and let me tell you, there's nothing better than a book I just click with.

The first time I read this, I was blown away by the sweet—and slightly sad—story. I cried. I laughed. I admired the amazing characters. For the second . . . I did the same thing. Well, I believe I cried less because I made myself control the tears (this book makes me emotional, as do a lot of them). This time reading, I noticed even more great things—probably because I didn't write reviews last year.

First of all, what I call the "abouts": the themes/elements.

It was about family. Sure, there was a huge focus on the relationship between Jase and Sam, but that wasn't the point. This book featured two families (and a bit of a third one). The two were quite the opposite from each other. One was a large, loyal, and financially insecure bunch and the other was a small, distanced, and rich group. I loved this because one was able to learn from the other and therefore become a stronger family (like in Wife Swap, but without the swapping).

However, there was another part of this story: it was all about morals. What is the right thing to do in the situation give. Sam ad her mother had their morals tested. Other characters like Tim, Jase, and Nan were shown to all have a different set of standards—some of the were solid (Jase) and others were sketchy (Clay). Tim stood out to me in this area because his growth was so remarkable and he knew what was right and was wrong, even though he intentionally chose wrong many times.
Those two focuses—family and morals—made this book amazing. I loved the Garrett family and all of their quirks. I loved the big steps and developments that were made. I loved how Sam and Jase's relationship meshed with each element.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book and I hope you'll pick it up and love it as well.

7 comments:

  1. I've heard so many good reviews for this book. I really want to read it. It sounds like a cute story that's a nice quick read on the weekend.

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    1. It is a very cute story. There are some pretty adorable characters in the Garrett family.

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  2. Great review! I really want to read this book, it sounds amazing.
    After reading TFiOS, I have been a little put off on reading books that make you sad. Weird right? Yeah I know:P
    But this sounds adorable and I think I will pick it up next time I'm at the bookstore . . .
    Love the review!
    ~Cambrie xoxo

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    1. I don't think most people see this book as one with a sad side, but the events towards the end tugged at my heartstrings. I was sad for what the characters had to go through.

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  3. I loved this book too. It has such a great message.

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  4. I LOVED this book too! I will be posting my review of this one this week! The Garrett family is probably one of my favorite fiction families of all time!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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