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Publisher's Summary

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not: loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, 17-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?

©2012 Huntley Fitzpatrick (P)2013 Tantor

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A well written coming of age book

This is my kind of story. This is what I love in books. A coming of age story featuring young adults finding their own voice and place, and good clean love!

I listened to this book literally all day until I finished. It was contemporary YA that felt like a historical romance because of the wholesome feel to the book. I am finding a lot of NA/YA authors are overloading their books with gratuitous sex and drinking, and it was so refreshing to read a book not focusing on any of that. There was love but it was that first kiss, first touch kind of love. That passion of first love which feels like a flower blooming in spring.

When I ask for recommendations, these are the types of books I am looking for. The types of books that leave me smiling and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. I am definitely going to get the next book because while this one didn't end of a cliff hanger, there is clearly more story to be told.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Perfect.

Such a great story for any age. Loved these characters. Didn't want the book to end. Loved George and all the chaos next door.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very Sweet

Any additional comments?


What a great book! Samantha and Jase were absolutely adorable, good, hardworking, very mature 17 year olds. The Garrett brood were so cute and hilarious particularly little George. This story will teach you the importance of family, friendship, love, and doing the right thing. Being truthful even if it means to lose what you love and that some people are willing to stick by you no matter what. I would have given this 5 stars but I felt the end was somewhat abrupt. I hope there is a sequel to see how things turn out for Samantha and Jase, the Senator, the Garrett's and all the rest of the clan.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!!

I absolutely loved this book! My only critique was it ended! I would love to read more about Jase and Sam, and the whole Garrett family. There are so many stories left to be told with this family.

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bad narration

could not stand the narrator's voice it took everything in me to finish listening to this book, story was good wish I had read it instead of listened to it

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My life next door 🚪

This story didn’t make much sense. Weak storyline could a mother be that awful? The Garret’s seemed like a bunch of hippies. I really wanted to know if Jason got into college and what happened after college with him and Samantha. What happened once she moved to her new house?

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Such a good book!

I really liked this book. It a great story, I read it twice almost back to back. It has drama/ romance/ conflict/ sadness.

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  • Carla
  • PORT ALLEN, LA, United States
  • 11-18-16

Loved it...

Surprising ending and everything was amazing. I loved loved loved loved loved loved loved it.

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Fun Book

What did you love best about My Life Next Door?

I loved her showing how fun and different big families are.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Life Next Door?

Again, it would be describing how big families work. LOVED IT! This book was very enjoyable. I loved how Samantha said how she would sit and watch this family.

Which scene was your favorite?

The begining when Samantha's Mom was telling her how annoying "those" new neighbors would be with all those bikes and toys and how they would rarely mow the lawn.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just really enjoyed this book! There were parts I was really laughing out loud. Some parts I was not ok with. How nonchalant the parents were with him taking her to his bedroom with all the younger siblings around.

Any additional comments?

I did have a problem with a couple a chapters repeating the begining of the chapter at the end. I thought I was going to have to return it. I really wanted to hear the book though. But it was very confusing. I still don't know if I missed anything?

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Good but odd part.

In chapter 7 or 8 or something, the chapter begins and ends with the exact same paragraphs, but other than that, it was okay.