My Life Next Door
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
(Dial, Hardcover, 9780803736993, 400pp.)
Publication Date: June 14, 2012
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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 lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
"Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love [and] the corrupting forces of power....As the lines between villains and heroes shift, readers will be reminded how "right" and "wrong" choices are rarely crystal clear."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Samantha and Jase have chemistry that crackles: it's the novel's tender, awkward, sexy, dizzy-happy portrayal of first love that really makes it soar."
"The characters are dynamic and realistic. Strong narrative pacing adds to the whole sun-kissed package, which is on par with authors such as Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti."
-School Library Journal
"An almost perfect summer romance...[that] will have every girl who reads the novel wishing for a Jase of her own."
"Fitzpatrick perfectly captures the heady joys of first love while still dealing with everyday realities"
"Jase and Samantha have a heart-warming romance every girl will envy."
-Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry serie
"A wonderful read that will connect with your heart -- guaranteed!"
-Lurlene McDaniel, bestselling author of HEART TO HEART
Best First Book Finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards
"One of the best books I read this past year. . . . Wonderful, uplifting and beautifully written." -- Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author