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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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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

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<br/>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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

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I've had better

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book itself wasn't bad, it just wasn't that good. I didn't enjoy the narration very much. I don't really know who this would appeal to more.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting...hmmm. Probably for me the outsiders view of people with large families. I come from a family of five kids, so not quite as big as the family in this story, but I remember being surprised in school when I told people how many siblings I had and them commenting that it was a lot. But we never really got comments from others like this family did, although I have close friends who have had that experience with their six kids. The least interesting to me... I guess maybe her relationship with her shallow little best friend. And I cringed every time they said her name. Nan, Nano, Nanny...ugh, sorry but it was annoying the way they used it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy Rubinate?

I don't know who specifically, but someone a little younger sounding and someone with a little more inflection in their voice. I thought she was a tiny bit monotone.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from My Life Next Door?

A lot of the parts with Nan.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very enjoyable!

I really enjoyed this! I prefer for my books to not stereotype Republicans, so I took off a star. The narrator did a great job!

4 of 8 people found this review helpful