I should like to start my review of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick with a plead. Dear fictional Garrett family, PLEASE PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE adopt me. I would fit quite well in your chaos. Y’all the buzz for Huntley Fitzpatrick’s debut is spot on. My Life Next Door is a hell of a good read, perfect for the summer time.
Samantha Reed lives a perfect, well-oiled machine sort of life. Her mom is Senator Grace Reed and so, because people are always watching, Samantha has had to live a tidy life – befriending the right sort of people, maintaining a perfect GPA and NOT being allowed to associate with the next door neighbors- the Garretts. Despite the rules, Samantha has held a fascinating for the Garretts, watching them from her rooftop throughout the years. When Jase Garrett shows up on her trellis asking if she needs to be rescued, she finds herself sucked into their messy, imperfect loving world.
It is hard to put into words my love for My Life Next Door. Based on what I had heard and rumors and tweets, I knew I would like it, but I did not expect to be head over heels in love. Yet, Huntley Fitzpatrick’s story made me cry-laugh which is not an easy feat. I vicariously fell for Jase as Samantha did. I went from flutters to anger to depression to hope. My emotions were all over the place in the best sort of way while reading.
This contemporary, this book, is exactly how I want the romances I read about to be- a slow progression with ups and downs and some HOT and heavy action. As an adult, I will say the sexytimes are tender and realistic with all the anxiety that I think if you are an adult as well, totally remember from when it was ‘new’. I love that Jase was a good guy, not the proverbial bad boy in need of saving. I liked how steady Samantha was, personality wise. I liked how well the two balanced each other out.
My Life Next Door shines as a bright contemporary – with chemistry that never felt forced and characters small and large who worm their way into your heart. Huntley Fitzpatrick is a stand out debut author and one whose career I will certainly be watching.
Disclosure: Received for Review.
Other reviews of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick:
Hobbitsies – “I want to marry My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick”
The Reading Date – “A worthy summer read”
GReads! – “I can’t stop thinking about this book”