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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Summary: 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?

It's been so longgg... I finally have time in all my classes, applying for school, and working to devote to GLIW. I've missed it. I feel like I've been gone so long that I don't even know how to write a witty review anymore. So, no judgements you guys.

Here is a novel that I've been waiting to review. Goodreads was right when they said, "My Life Next Door" is all about Family, acceptance, and finding who you are in a small town. I don't even need to tell you that I adored the aspect of the "secret" love between Jase and Samantha. Though their relationship is a colossal part of MLND, side characters and plots create a healthy balance. I have to say my favorite character isn't even a main character. We'll get into that later. ;)

I've been pondering the question of in public or under the covers. Honestly, MLND is so contemporary that all the intimate scenes are sugar coded. In fused with emotions and hilarity, every scene that would be considered "high alert" is pretty low risque. That might have something to do with our main character. On the surface, Samantha Reed is the girl who has everything: awesome job, cool best friend, rich family. Yet, she struggles alot. This novel is more about how her life changes drastically after meeting the Garretts. Especially, dealing with her family, who is so crusty it's not even funny. Thankfully, she has Jase and the rest of the Garretts to help her out.

I would want Jase Garrett too. He's so funny and weird. Did you know he basically has a zoo in his bedroom? One thing I will say about Jase is that he knows how to take care of his family. As the Garretts recover from a tragedy, he keeps his fathers business going, helps care for his siblings, helps out a new friend, and STILL has time for Samantha. He's like a super human!

It may seem like he's my favorite character but, think again. Tim, Sam's best friends brother, is seriously the greatest character in MLND. He undergoes the largest transformation, druggie to bestie. Plus, I was picking up some major UST from all the Sam and Tim scenes. UST is unresolved sexual tension. At the end, I just want to run away with him, fictional character or not.  Then again, I always root for the underdog. It'll probably be my fatal flaw.
I'm going sappy on you guys today. For my song of choice, I'm picking 1234 by the Plain White T's. The song is innocent much like Jase and Samantha's love.

Unfortunately for us, this book is not inspired by a movie or tv show. If you know one, let me know!

If you like small towns, large families, and deep dark secrects, I would suggest My Life Next Door. Like the cover of the novel, the book is simple, elegant, with a dash of evil. Sadly enough, I didn't want it to stop. For me, here were parts prematurely ended.  For this reason, I'm giving MLND a Chris Evans. I adored it and then it just ended. I'm glad to be back. Love you guys.

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