Book Reviews

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Last one and then I’m all caught up!



My summer.
My heart.
My life next door.

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not.
Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And everyday from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them… Until one balmy summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs the trellis to sit by her – and changes everything.

Samantha has a life that’s plain. Her mother is the state senator and is always out at functions. Samantha’s older sister Tracey is always with her boyfriend Flip and will soon be leaving for university.

From the start the Garretts have always been forbidden. They were loud and messy whereas Samantha’s mother was neat and quiet. But that’s never stopped Samantha from watching the Garretts from her bedroom window and wishing she was one of them.

Then her life changes when Jase Garrett climbs up to sit beside her in on the roof and suddenly she’s launched into the colourful and messy world of the Garretts.

At first Samantha doesn’t quite know what to do but soon she’s growing closer to Jase and soon they are dating and she’s an honorary Garrett herself. 

Then everything changes. A tragedy happens and Samantha knows the truth of what happened but her feelings for Jase and the Garretts and he loyalty to her mum and family is soon put to the test.

To top all that off her best friend, Nan, has turned on her and Nan’s twin brother, Tim, the drink and drug abuser is trying to turn his life around.

But where does Samantha really belong? With the noisy Garretts or back at her regimented clean home with her mother?

This book was really addictive to be honest and I really enjoyed it.

Samantha is one of these characters you can’t help to love, even if she does make mistakes along the way. She grows as a person throughout the book and to be honest the Garretts are to help with that.
I feel bad for her too because her mother is slightly cold and if it isn’t about her, she’s not entirely interested. From the off Samantha has been told that the Garretts are off limits because of who they are. There are 8 Garretts in total and their house is a chaos. They are loud and lively and Samantha’s mother doesn’t like that.
With Samantha spying on them to see what their family are like and wishing she could be a part of it, it makes you feel a bit sad for her. Her life is mapped out by her mother, always seen as the good girl, never allowed to show her mother up because of the position she has.
I like Samantha and I’m so glad she defied her mother and finally decided to wake up. She’s goes so well with Jase too.

Jase. Sigh. He’s another book boyfriend on the list haha. Jase is one of the oldest of the Garretts. He has two older siblings above him, Alice and Joel, and five younger siblings; Andy, Duff, Harry, George and Patsy. His life is a whirlwind of chaos and happiness and when Samantha comes into his life it’s complete. He’s not the typical bad boy either. Usually the boys next door types in books are bad boys but Jase is kind of a good boy. Even though he looks like a rebel. He knows what he wants to do in his life and adores his family. Him and Samantha work well together and goes to show that opposites can attract really.

The whole Garrett clan are great and I laughed along with their antics. George was my favourite from the start because he’s just too cute not too. Running around naked, knowing facts about space and basically telling Samantha that she has to marry Jase. I think George was Samantha’s favourite too.

Tim I feel for. Pushed aside for the perfect sister, getting in with the wrong crowd and basically has his problems ignored by his family has got to be hard. He used to be best friends with Sam growing up but it changed due to the drink and drug habit. That is until he meets Mr Garrett and gets into the Garrett lifestyle. I’m glad someone got through to him.

Nan. Well she calls herself a best friend to Sam but she really wasn’t. Everything was a competition to her and to be honest I’m glad what happened. I’ve had friends like that, always competing to make sure that they came out on top so I can relate to this friendship. I didn’t like her.

Sam’s mother Grace… well… let’s just say I’m glad she’s not my mum. Although I do hope she gets a bit more humble after everything that happened because that woman needs a reality check.

Clay Tucker… eurgh that’s all I’ll say.

Overall the book was great. It’s the first book I’ve read by Huntley Fitzpatrick and I was sucked in from the beginning so I will definitely be picking up another book by her in the future.

It’s a great book.

4 out of 5 stars


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