Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Pub Deets: June 2012, Dial Books for Young Readers
Series/Stand Alone: Series(!)
Source: Cash money purchase, yo.
In a sentence or so: Samantha Reed is sucked into the Garrett family she's been watching over the fence for years. They're messy, busy, loud...and loving, supportive, unique, and exactly the type of family Samantha needs since her sister is gone for the summer and her mom is busy campaigning with a sleazeball.
The bloggers I know absolutely love this book. So of course I was terrified to read it. Could it possibly live up to the hype of being the best contemporary in the history of ever? (I exaggerate...kinda). Would I adore it like everyone else or would I let the hype monster get the best of me and hate it on principle?
Turns out, I loved it! The writing style and setting reminded me very much of Jennifer Echols, whom I adore, but was unique and set itself apart to keep things fresh and interesting. Samantha is right on the edge of being two dimensional, but the rest of the characters are so vibrant and complex and authentic that Sam's vanilla personality didn't bother me all that much. She'd crack wise here and there, but otherwise she was a pretty girl who wanted something more out of life.
MY LIFE NEXT DOOR is a sweet summery read with a nice balance of fun characters, coming-of age, and lots of exploring relationships (with hot boys and with morally questionable parents and friends). Prepare yourself to fall head over heels for Jase Garrett though. For real.
Assuming I am not the last person on the planet to read this yet - seriously, there must be at least 3 or 4 of you out there, right? - be sure to pick up MY LIFE NEXT DOOR! It's a longer contemporary read which means you can stay wrapped up in the glorious world of characters Huntley has created even longer! Wee!