My Life Next Door
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
(Speak, Paperback, 9780142426043, 416pp.)
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
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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
“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.
Huntley Fitzpatrick has always wanted to be a writer, ever since growing up in a small, coastal Connecticut town much like the Stony Brook of her debut novel. She is currently a full-time writer, wife, and mom to six children. My Life Next Door is her first novel.
“Will connect with your heart—guaranteed!”—Lurlene McDaniel, bestselling author of Heart to Heart
“An almost perfect summer romance.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Perfectly captures the heady joys of first love.”—VOYA
“A summer romance with depth.”—The Boston Sunday Globe