Book Review : My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

January 7, 2016 Book review 17 ★★★★★

Two words…just perfect! Ok, no I lied, there is more to say but those two words are all you really need to know!

Book Review : My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Electric Monkey on January 7th 2016
Genres: Romance, YA, YA Contemporary
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.
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, 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?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.

ARC REVIEW BOOKLOVE Must-Read swoon! Young Adult

First Line of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

“The Garretts were forbidden from the start.”

What I loved about My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

  • I expected cute and adorable and it fully delivered on both scores. But it was a lot MORE than cute. It wasn’t just fluffy, it had a depth that I wasn’t expecting. It had teenagers coping with real issues, muddy family dynamics and portrayed the hardship of watching friends lose their way in life.


  • No insta-love. Thank you Huntley Fitzpatrick, you allowed us to see and experience the whole falling in love, butterflies-in-tummy, stars-in-eyes journey. I felt as giddy as teenage girl while reading it.


  • Two very different families. One is rigid and scheduled and Instagram picture perfect, on the surface. The other is messy, large and happy-go-lucky. I loved how real both felt and I’d move next door to the Garretts in a heartbeat. I adored that easy going, chaotic family. With a special mention for George, the cutest book sibling in the world!


  • First love and all its ups, downs and emotional intensity captured with perfection. I also loved how it showed the Sam and Jase going shopping for condoms in a way that was both responsible and fun.


  • A twist that made my heart pound. Not in a good way, it jolted me like whiplash as it was so unexpected and I loved that this unpredictable turn stopped the book from fading away like a lovely sunset. Instead of just being a nice but unmemorable book, the twist made it one that I won’t forget.

Overall this was fab. I can’t wait to read more by Huntley Fitzpatrick as she has heart-warming contemporary YA fiction all sewn up.


Rating Report
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Overall: five-stars


Who should read My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick?

I’d highly recommend this to you if you like engaging characters that absorb all your attention, coming of age romances and storylines that deal with realistic issues. Fans to Morgan Matson and Jessi Kirby should also enjoy.

Thanks to NetGalley and Egmont Publishing for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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17 Responses to “Book Review : My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick”

    • trish

      As a fan of YA, it’s always hard to know if a book will appeal to non YA fans. It’s very real and explores so many emotions that I loved it.

  1. SweetMarie83

    I’m SO happy you enjoyed this one! It’s one of my all-time favourite books. I basically nodded along while reading all of your points; there’s just so much to love about this book. I adored the Garretts (George really is the cutest). The companion novel, The Boy Most Likely To was incredible, too. Great review, Trish!
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    • trish

      I can see exactly how it would make an all time favourites list. I know I need to buy and read the companion book ASAP! Glad to hear you loved that one too Marie.

    • trish

      Sam is exactly what you want in a YA boyfriend and I loved him. And George just made laugh so much. I thought it was very authentic too Jess and can’t wait to read more by her.

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    This one has been on my tbr for a long while, Trish. After reading your review, I’m really anxious to read it! I love your descriptions of the story – particularly how realistic everything is. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  3. Lola

    That’s great it was cute and fluffy and had depth as wel, I always like those books that you expect to be light and then they have mroe depth than you expected. It’s always a nice surprise.
    And yay for the no insta love, it’s much more fun seeing two people fall in love. I always like different characters or fasmilies, it’s nice to see the differences in characters or families. The romance and that twist sounds good too. Great review!
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    • trish

      I know, I was very surprised that it was so deep and felt meaningful as it just made it more special for me. No insta-love is such a relief!

    • trish

      No insta-love is a huge plus for me and I loved that we really got to watch their feelings grow and develop. Hope you get to it sometime Lauren.

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