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ISBN13: 9780803736993
ISBN10: 0803736991
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A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

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.

"A summer romance with depth." —The Boston Sunday Globe

"Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An almost perfect summer romance." —Kirkus Reviews

"On par with authors such as Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti." —SLJ

Review:

"Although they've been neighbors for 10 years, Samantha Reed and Jase Garrett are worlds apart. Rich, beautiful Samantha has led a privileged life, strictly dictated by her state senator mother. Jase, part of a large, boisterous family that's despised by Samantha's mother, has to work hard for what he gets. As fate would have it, the two teens fall in love despite — or perhaps because of — their different backgrounds. But the summer romance turns into a nightmarish moral dilemma as Samantha becomes aware of a secret, hidden by her mother's unscrupulous campaign aide, which could destroy Jase's family or ruin her mother's political career. As Samantha wrestles with what to do, she risks losing her comfortable lifestyle, her mother's trust, and the boy she most admires. Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love, the corrupting forces of power, and the losses suffered by innocent victims caught in a web of political deceit. As the lines between villains and heroes shift, readers will be reminded how 'right' and 'wrong' choices are rarely crystal clear. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Huntley Fitzpatrick lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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Hwa Sun, August 25, 2012 (view all comments by Hwa Sun)
My Life Next Door is a beautiful, heart-warming romance full of memorable characters :)

The characters themselves are what stuck out to me most in this book. Samantha is very likable, and I agreed with or understood most of her decisions throughout the book. She's smart, nice, and respectful. It sucked how badly some of the characters treated her (like her mom, for one).

Jase is just as amazing :) He's very thoughtful, hardworking, and kind. His family is full of very interesting people. Plus, Sam and Jase make an adorable couple.

As for the plot, it was nice that Sam and Jase took their time to get to know each other, but for the first half of the book, there was no real conflict. The real issues come into play during the second half of the book.

And how the conflict was resolved was kind of anti-climatic. I expected some more drama, or more struggle, but there wasn't. It was fixed way too quickly.

Still, I loved the characters so much, it easily overrode whatever problems I had with the plot. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading YA contemporary.

Hwa Sun :)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780803736993
Author:
Fitzpatrick, Huntley
Publisher:
Dial Books
Author:
Fraiberg, Jordanna
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
romance;contemporary;family relationships;coming of age; love story; friendship;teen
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Although they've been neighbors for 10 years, Samantha Reed and Jase Garrett are worlds apart. Rich, beautiful Samantha has led a privileged life, strictly dictated by her state senator mother. Jase, part of a large, boisterous family that's despised by Samantha's mother, has to work hard for what he gets. As fate would have it, the two teens fall in love despite — or perhaps because of — their different backgrounds. But the summer romance turns into a nightmarish moral dilemma as Samantha becomes aware of a secret, hidden by her mother's unscrupulous campaign aide, which could destroy Jase's family or ruin her mother's political career. As Samantha wrestles with what to do, she risks losing her comfortable lifestyle, her mother's trust, and the boy she most admires. Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love, the corrupting forces of power, and the losses suffered by innocent victims caught in a web of political deceit. As the lines between villains and heroes shift, readers will be reminded how 'right' and 'wrong' choices are rarely crystal clear. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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