My Life Next Door Paperback – 13 Jul 2015
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Will connect with your heart guaranteed! Lurlene McDaniel, bestselling author of Heart to Heart
An almost perfect summer romance. Kirkus Reviews Serious swoonsville. iHeartDaily.com Perfectly captures the heady joys of first love. VOYA A summer romance with depth. The Boston Sunday Globe"
"Will connect with your heart--guaranteed!"--Lurlene McDaniel, bestselling author of Heart to Heart
"An almost perfect summer romance."--Kirkus Reviews "Serious swoonsville."--iHeartDaily.com "Perfectly captures the heady joys of first love."--VOYA "A summer romance with depth."--The Boston Sunday Globe
About the Author
Huntley Fitzpatrick has always wanted to be a writer, ever since growing up in a small coastal Connecticut town much like the Stony Bay of her novel My Life Next Door. After college she worked in many fields, including academic publishing and as an editor at Harlequin. Huntley is currently a full-time writer, and mom to six children. She lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
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I found this book to be quite lacklustre and underwhelming to be honest. I just wanted more from the story, the characters and the writing. I don't really have much to say about it so I'll make a list of what I liked, disliked and found to be just alright:
~Some of the writing was relatable and good.
~ The story. It just needed more. I felt like Fitzpatrick just scraped the surface on where this story could have gone. There was a lot of potential but it didn't measure up.
~ The dialogue. A lot of it was weird and unnatural sounding; I found the bulk of it to be poorly executed.
~ Sam's inner monologue. It was painfully obvious to me that this book wasn't written by a teenager. Some of her language and her thoughts just made her sound like a middle aged woman.
~ The clichés. I get that it's a YA and a lot of authors follow a particular structure but I'm just bored of books that don't think outside of the box.
~The romance. It was fine but if your book is so heavily focused on the romance in the story, it needs to be better than fine. It was insta-love and they got together and they got very intense too quickly for my liking.
~ The characters. They were also just fine. There wasn't much angsty drama but they were sort of flat and boring.
~ The bulk of the writing was just alright.
I would not recommend this book to anyone but I might read something else by Fitzpatrick in the future.
Set in the USA, this book is just about as racy as I would allow my young teenage daughter to read. It contains sexual content that's written in a soft and sympathetic way. It paints a sensitive picture of two young people entering into a considered adult relationship.
Of course this is fiction; and these are two young and beautiful people, living idealistic lives, in a coastal town, in the summer. It's aspirational living, but there's no harm in dreaming.
By sharing this with young readers who may be about to enter into their first serious relationship, I would hope this story demonstrates that it's okay to wait, to always be sensible and safe and, more importantly, to be with a person you can trust and who really cares for you.
A nice YA summer romance with a few life lessons thrown in. I would definitely consider more from this author based on this book.
The first chapter painted a lovely picture of curiosity and intrigue from Samantha. Her innocent fascination with her new neighbours, The Garretts, made me smile because I could imagine her so vividly in my mind watching them and eavesdropping to get more information.
Samantha was a sweet character and when her home life took a strange turn she found solace in a most unexpected place. This is where things got really interesting for me. I couldn’t help but chuckle at her first experience of the Garrett home, she was like a fish out of water but totally went along with it – this made me love her even more! Later on she had to make some difficult choices and I really hoped she would do the right thing.
Bringing a hard edge to the storyline was Tim who had some pretty serious issues going on. This was written in a delightfully believable way and left me wanting to do something to help him. Somehow he ended up being one of my favourites which is why I was so excited to discover that the author has written The Boy Most Likely To, it features Tim as a main character!
This was an addictive read with a young feel to it. A breathtaking glimpse into the nerve-wracking dance of first love.
What I particularly liked about this book was how brilliantly Huntley Fitzpatrick portrays the wonderful Garrett family. With seven children, the Garrett's home is messy and noisy and chaotic but there is a genuine sense of love and homeliness which Samantha lacks in her own house which is clean and well ordered. I couldn't fail to be enveloped into the Garrett's world. All the children are great but I have a soft spot for four year old George, who has some of the funniest lines in the book. He's such a sweetie.
The romance between Sam and Jace is at the heart of the book and wonderfully captures all the emotions and ups and downs of first love. It was perfectly balanced, depicting all of those lovely first moments and brilliantly portrayed. I loved them together and enjoyed the fact that for once, Jace was genuinely just such a good guy. He had no deep, dark secrets or bad boy streak, he was just sweet and funny and kind to his siblings.
There is an interesting twist near the end which took me by surprise and I originally I wasn't sure if it was in keeping with the rest of the plot. However, once I'd had time to think about it I thought that it worked well to show that even couples who get on well together, still have to overcome bumps in the road.
I would implore everyone to read 'My Life Next Door'. You won't be disappointed.
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