Book Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads Summary

“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, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

My Review

Honestly speaking, the story didn’t appeal to me that much. Or maybe that was just because I couldn’t really relate to Sam’s character. All we had in common was the constant annoyance towards her Mom and Clay Tucker.

The story was well-written though, but the only thing that kept me going was the final few chapters, which I totally wanted to come across for too long that it almost made me lose my interest in the book. I guess the story could’ve had something more that could make it better. I just can’t put my finger to it, but I know the potential is already there. It just needs a little push.

I did like the Garretts, especially George. He’s really funny. I wish I had a little brother like him.

Tim’s character was well-written too. However, I wonder what happened to Nan’s character. I wish Sam and Nan had a better closure. I was looking for that.

About Clay, I’m sorry but I was totally expecting for something worse to happen to his character. After everything he’s done, I swear, he deserves it.

Overall, the concept of the story is great, but I guess it was the pacing of the story that didn’t really appeal to me. Things were going off in routine fora while, like same things happen to almost every chapter.

I do look forward to Huntley Fitzpatrick’s other novels though.



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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

4 comments / Add your comment below

    1. Yeah, other people actually liked this book. But it didn’t really appeal to me that much, thus my review. Thanks for sharing your insight! :)

  1. So I’m confused? I like the synopsis, but your thoughts seem a bit mixed. Is it just sort of boring and frustrating? Or worth a read? Haha, I totally get how books can be like that, when you’re like, “I liked it well enough, but I wouldn’t exactly recommend it…” #struggles

    1. Honestly, I can barely remember the exact feeling when I was reading this book. It’s quite enjoyable but it just had a really slow start for me haha

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