I know, it’s super late to post this now but I kind of have to, as I promised I wouldn’t miss out on any months. Anyway, My Life Next Door is my first foray into the young adult genre and I loved it. It set the bar so high so it eventually became the book where I measure others on.  I admit that I have put it on a pedestal so very few actually surpassed the love I have for this one. I hope that’s a good enough description to how much I love this book.

My Life Next Door

by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Genre: Young Adult


“You’re walking along on this path, dazzled by how perfect it is, how great you feel, and then just a few forks in the road and you are lost in a place so bad you never could have imagined it.”


“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, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.