My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I would have given My Life Next Door 4 stars, even 4.5, but the ending was just a bit confusing. The second to the last chapter was confusing and unnecessary, but I’ll start with the beginning.
Samantha lives with her single Mom who is running for Senator. Samantha is rich, good looking, has wonderful friends and almost the perfect life, but she lives in a controlling house. Next door are the Garretts, a family of 10. Samantha has always been fascinated with the huge family and would sit on her roof at night and just watch them. It sounds creepy, but it’s not really. They have been next door neighbors for 10 years and finally Jase, the second oldest son, introduces himself to Samantha and forms a relationship.
The love story is enduring. I didn’t grow up in a huge family so I kind of relate to Samantha and I understand how she would be fascinated, some-what envious of a huge family. I also have a lot of nephews, so I know how crazy a house can be filled with kids. There are a lot of “laugh out loud” moments and a lot of “OMG” did that just happen moments.
”I guess I like things that take time and attention. More worthwhile that way.”
I don’t know what it is about this that makes me blush, but something does.
Jase takes the relationship with Samantha, very slowly and it’s very enduring and refreshing. I like Jase, he’s very cool, calm and collective. Something happens towards the end of the book and it kind of changes the whole tone of the book. I didn’t mind it, it shocked the crap out of me, but I went with it. Samantha became a little annoying at times, but I’m glad it didn’t last long.
Now, the ending, the last 2 chapters were just I don’t know, it left me with a huge question mark. Does the book end? Is there a book 2? Why did Huntly Fitzpatrick do this? I felt like the author wanted to leave the book somewhat open so there’s an option for book 2, but the end does conclude, but there’s a lot of unresolved non-important issues, but unresolved regardless. I liked the book the book a lot, until the last 2 chapters. I still recommend the book, just wished it ended differently.
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