Teen Review: “My Life Next Door” by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Samantha’s mother has always disapproved of their next door neighbors, the Garretts. They are too messy, loud, unreserved, and there are just too many of them. But, Samantha has spent years perched on her roof outside her window watching the Garretts and their entirely different lifestyle from her own. That is until Jase, number three out of eight who is Sam’s age, climbs up next to her. After so many years of not talking to the Garretts, Sam is quickly swept into their lives. They are warm and welcoming, and Samantha grows increasingly fond of them all, but especially Jase. Their relationship blooms, but Sam keeps it hidden from her mother, who is kept busy and out of the way, campaigning for senator. All seems to be going as well as it could be if not better until tragedy strikes and Samantha is faced with a seemingly impossible choice. This book was an enjoyable read and a lovely romance, despite hitting a rough patch, that ended nicely.
Aedan, Central TLLC, 18