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My Life Next Door [Kindle Edition]

Huntley Fitzpatrick
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another



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.





"A summer romance with depth." —The Boston Sunday Globe



"Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love." —Publishers Weekly, starred review



"An almost perfect summer romance." —Kirkus Reviews



"On par with authors such as Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti." —SLJ


Editorial Reviews

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"Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love, the corrupting forces of power, and the losses suffered by innocent victims caught in a web of political deceit. As the lines between villains and heroes shift, [listeners] will be reminded how 'right' and 'wrong' choices are rarely crystal clear." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

About the Author

Huntley Fitzpatrick is the author of My Life Next Door. She lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, with her husband and six children.

Amy Rubinate has narrated audiobooks for many major audiobook publishers. She has received AudioFile's Earphones Award, and her narration for The Lily Pond was a Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction on Audio 2012 selection.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2139 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CUDF1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK SO HARD! June 16, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Once I started it, I couldn't read it fast enough and yet I didn't want it to end. This is a beautifully written story about family and friendship, first love, and learning how to be true to yourself. Huntley Fitzpatrick writes about life with all it's quirkiness, even covering tough topics like politics and addiction with such honesty and humor that had me laughing so hard I cried.

Samantha Reed lives a life of relative privilege with her single mother and older sister that includes private school, weekly dinners at the local country club and a summer job where she gets to spend time with her long time BFF, Nan and her twin brother, Tim. Life isn't always what it seems and Samantha's is no different. Her Mom's a Senator and a contradiction of sorts. On one hand, she's rarely around but when she is, she takes "involved" to a whole new level, going as far as checking to see if Samantha's hair is properly conditioned and making sure she's in bed by a certain time each night. (She's seventeen, not seven for crying out loud!) Then there's the issue with the vacuum cleaner and making sure the lines in the carpet are just right. OCD, much?

Samantha takes refuge each night on the balcony off her room where she's able to watch the Garretts, the family who lives next door. They're the ones with the 25 kids who obviously never learned what birth control was for or how to properly care for a pool, a yard or a house but managed to snag their own reality T.V. show on TLC. Oh, wait...wrong family. The Garretts really only have 8 kids and yeah, they have all those other things I mentioned, save for the reality T.V. show but that's they way they're treated by a lot of people in town. People feel the need to comment on their lives, how many kids they have, etc., etc.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick January 26, 2013
By Alyssa
Format:Hardcover
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 14, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Won a giveaway

Summary (from Goodreads):

A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

"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, 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.

What I Liked:

I am not going to lie: I LOVED this book! This book continues my contemporary reading streak, and makes me never want to read anything else! I finished it, and then a couple of hours later, I picked it up and again and re-read some parts of it. This morning, when I woke up, I stayed in my bed and thought about this book. It's such a compelling read! And here I am gushing like an obsessed person :)

Samantha. She is such a wonderful and likable heroine. She is not ditzy and stupid, nor is she fierce and wild. I like how she thinks in most situations.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and filled with Amazing Characters June 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
From the rooftop of Samantha Reed's house, the Garrett's seem completely unlike her own privileged family. So, when she gets the chance to step into a world she's only looked in on from the outside, she takes it. Soon enough, she finds herself falling in love with each of them, Jase most of all. Yet, her mother's race to be reelected as Senator keeps tensions high at home, and Samantha's struggling to find balance between the life her mother expects and the life Samantha experiences next door with the Garrett's. But when an unforgivable act occurs, she has to decide: should she tell the truth, or keep a terrible secret?

MY LIFE NEXT DOOR is a surprising debut. It begins with a sweet romance that builds and grows with each page. Fitzpatrick takes care to flesh out each character, making it all the easier to enjoy them. Samantha's fascination with the Garrett family is infectious, especially once she becomes a part of their lives. While budding young love is large part of the story, familial relationships and friendships become equally important once they are tested as the line between what's right and what's wrong grows more painstakingly obvious after tragedy strikes. A heartfelt and endearing story, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR is sure to be a hit.

HIGHLIGHTS: The relationship between Samantha and Jase{1} was surprisingly enjoyable, despite the quickness. Interactions with the Garrett's were my favorite part of this book. Side characters were very nicely written (especially Tim, Clay, the Garrett's), because each had their own personalities with flaws and strengths. Even Grace (Samantha's very strict and slightly scary mother) proved to be more complex than I imagined.

LOWLIGHTS: The conflict the summary hints at took place very late, around 3/4 into the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Hated the ending...
I chose to give this book a 2 star rating because I was very disappointed by the ending. The book itself was decent but I felt like there was no closure whatsoever. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Marissa Cacala
5.0 out of 5 stars This beautifully written YA contemporary romance is a treasure.
This beautifully written YA contemporary romance is a treasure. A rich, sensitive story with incredible depth combined with humour, shines the light on two very different families. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sue Holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars The story is good. The characters are annoying
The story is good. The characters are annoying. Samantha is overly mature for a 17-year-old and Jase is constantly portrayed as a hero, the perfect guy. Tim is an annoying cliche. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Emily
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I had wished for a different ending. Or at least let us know what happens to them.
Published 6 days ago by Danielle Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
My Life Next Door was a great summer book. I enjoyed reading every page. It has a super cute love story that every teen girl would envy. Definitely a must read!
Published 10 days ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written!! Kept getting more and more ...
Very well written!! Kept getting more and more interesting as it went. The relationships that were developed between the characters kept the story lively and intriguing.
Published 10 days ago by Kelly Hepner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great storyline, easy read
Published 13 days ago by Nancee A. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Anyone into Contemporary
This book was recommended to me by my manager and I can't describe how happy I am that I read it.
Published 17 days ago by l.d. roth
3.0 out of 5 stars No Ending.
I would say I didn't like the ending but..........there was no ending. So, I guess I can't say it. Is there a follow up to their story?
Published 17 days ago by fmae123
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More About the Author

I was lucky enough to be born to parents who read every kind of written material with interest and enthusiasm, and let me do the same. From the start I searched for books that let me fall in love...with the story and with the boy. For most of my childhood I divided my devotion between Almanzo Wilder from The Little House books, C.S. Lewis' Prince Caspian and Tom in Louisa May Alcott's An Old Fashioned Girl.

I figured out early that stories were what made sense of the world when it was confusing and made the best moments permanent. I was shy and nearsighted but good at anything that involved reading and imagining, so quickly decided the only logical career to pursue was writing. To this end my father gave me a typewriter (it was a long time ago), a package of Lucky Strike cigarettes, a bottle of Scotch and a note advising me to "Be Bold, Be Bold, Be Bold." For my tenth birthday.

I passed on the scotch and the smokes, but kept writing. My first completed story involved a family with twenty children who lived by the ocean. The parents were twenty-two. Some things have never changed for me: my love of family, beaches, and my shaky grasp of math.

The small seaside town in Connecticut where I grew up was so safe you could leave your bike downtown with your wallet in the basket and they'd both still be there days later. Yes, I know this because I did it. More than once.

Through my childhood and teenage years I kept a journal showcasing my conversations with boys I liked that went on for twenty-pages, including such phrases as "Pause. Silence. Much audible blushing." Back then, the journals mostly served to torture my friends as I forced them to listen to the entire entry and analyze every comment. Now they help me remember all the paradoxical emotions involved in first love and true love. Sometimes we get lucky and they're the same thing.

In college I majored in Shakespeare with a minor in daydreaming. Sometimes I still wonder what I was thinking of concentrating on Literature instead of say, law, medicine, finance. Then I remember my father who said, "College isn't a trade school. Learn about what you love and follow that. It will take you everywhere you need to go." Here's what I believe: every answer to every deep question can be found in Shakespeare. Or any other writing that speaks to you: Huckleberry Finn, Little Women, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Matilda. Listen to the writing that captures your heart and it will help you find your way, true as a compass. Honest.

After college I had a lot of family struggles and lost my faith in writing, coming to believe I could only read and critique. Madeleine L'Engle, the author of Wrinkle in Time, changed my life when I took a course of hers and she read a short story of mine and said "You are a writer. So write!" Although I spent some time after that being a waitress, a caterer, a minion to a publicist, a bartender, an assistant at an accounting firm, an editor of romance novels, part owner of a café, and, much more happily, and I hope competently, a wife and a mother, my love of writing and reading about young adults never waned. Fifteen years after she gave it, I finally took Madeline's advice.

Now I live on the coast of Massachusetts with my six remarkable and eccentric children and encouraging husband, all of whom put up with me holding up my hand traffic-cop-style, saying, "I just have to get this down" and dashing to my computer. Or pulling over on the shoulder of the road to jot a note in lipstick on the back of an atm receipt. They also let me pick their brains on what is currently cool and what always matters. We have three cats, a dog who believes he's a cat, and a ferret. In addition to all this, I have an email address. I'd love to hear from you.


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