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My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick

“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. 

So although this has been out in America for a few years now it has just been released in the UK today! And I managed to get my hand on a ARC copy! Thank you Netgalley and Electric Monkey. I’ve heard a lot about this book from some vloggers in America who have already had this book and for the most part they all had good reviews of this book. Majority of them rated it 4/5 stars.

If I’m honest I didn’t like it, it was hard to keep my interest in reading this book, I got half way through and it was harder and harder to keep interest in and I just began thinking when is this going to end. Which I hate thinking when reading books it’s just not something I like to do. But as we got to about 70% way through it began getting good! I really got into the story at that point and my star rating is just purely towards the ending which I will write at the bottom.

Samantha. She was a very interesting character but I did not like her, although she tried hard not to be that same rich girl person. On some cases she borderline on that especially whenever she would be looking onto the Garret’s yard, and fair enough her mom may have said not to talk to them and stay away from them. I still didn’t like her, and found she could be judgemental. I couldn’t relate to her character at all and with that I think that is why I found it hard to get into this book because I didn’t connect with this character. Even if we do share the same name.

I loved Jace. I fell in love with Jace’s character how he cared about his family and how protective he got over his family, I loved it. Being that I am from a big family, I kind of felt connected to his character and got some of his frustrations out about when people suggest to his parents that they should stop having children. So Jace standing up for his whole family and for the most part liked having a big family and loved his brothers and sisters.

Grace. Samantha’s mother. I hated her. Like no hate is too nice. I despised her. She was more focused on her campaign then her daughters and always is like to Samantha that she should be doing the responsible one and not living her summer. It was all school and work related, and I got really mad when her mother would just randomly blow up at Samantha for something beyond her control like things breaking. Grace always questions Samantha and Jace and why she is hanging around with him and his family. But the moment Samantha questions her about Clay she gets all defensive and treats her like a child but then expects her to behave like an adult. She was just very contradictory and I really hated that about her and overall was just a shit mother. Grace tries to teach Samantha to always do right but the moment Grace does something wrong *INSERT THE SPOILER IF YOU HAVE READ* she immediately runs away from it and pretends it doesn’t happen and it is Samantha who has to tell her to confront the truth.

Nan. I didn’t like her either. I just something about her irked me like it didn’t seem like she was a very good friend always leaving her and judging her. And I turned out right when Nan tells her to stuff it. Nan’s brother Tim although he may be a dick he even stands by Samantha.

Tim. The first half of the book he was a doosh but I liked him. He was a funny idiot although sometimes rude and you know risked Samantha and Nan’s life. But after that he turned into the person that you kind of expected him to be, he was there when Samantha needed him after *INSERT THE SPOILER IF YOU KNOW* the incident and helps her come to terms with the truth and what happened and helped her tell Jace and his family. So Tim became a very loveable idiot.

George. I feel like this little guy needs a mention. I loved his character, he was very comical and although Jace found him slightly annoying I loved George. And you know he could totally be in my family. But I loved him and Patsy (I think that was her name) Her only words being Poop and Boob. So that was also family.

I thought the plot was good and I liked it but the characters made it kind of annoying for me which I didn’t like.

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