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“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.
I’ve heard so much about My Life Next Door, that I was happy to finally check it out this month. I thought it was a cute read, but I’m not sure that it’s one that I would revisit. There’s certainly nothing wrong with the writing. It’s enjoyable, but I think I was looking for something more. I think this is mainly down to the hype surrounding it. I’d seen it on so many people’s Top Ten lists, so I was ready to be blown away, and instead I just thought it was okay.
My Life Next Door is cute. The relationship between Sam and Jase is believable. Jase is a fantastic male character for a Young Adult contemporary romance. He’s one of the good guys. I liked that he wasn’t a clichéd bad boy that was turned good. That’s all too common in Young Adult reads. I can really see why readers do love this book. There are some swoon-worthy moments which I think fans of contemporary romance will really enjoy. I definitely rooted for Sam and Jase’s relationship. They’re very real.
I think one of the reasons why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to, was Sam’s mother. She’s an incredibly irritating character. I just wanted Sam to stand up to her. She took so much flack from her mother. If she had really stood up to her mother then I think I would’ve given this book four stars. I understand it’s hard to stand up to a parent, but would someone really take as much crap from their parents as Sam did? However, I did really like the contrast between Sam’s mother and Jase’s family. Perhaps if Sam’s mother wouldn’t have been so damn annoying, I wouldn’t have had such a soft spot for Jase’s family.
I really wanted to rave about My Life Next Door, but for me, I was irritated too much by one character, and couldn’t get past that. I felt like there wasn’t enough to hold my interest within the story, and the romance, however cute it was, built up too fast. I like some anticipation. But there are some fantastic elements within the story, so I would still recommend it to fans of contemporary romance or those that are looking for a decent beach read.
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