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Monday, April 21, 2014

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick--A Review

April, a month of new beginnings--spring, when life awakens after a long cold winter.   The air is fresh, blades of sweet green grass are poking through seeking sunlight to help them grow.  Seemed like a good time to read My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.    First love,  young and fresh and new, full of passion.

SYNOPSIS, (from Goodreads):
"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.

From My Perspective:

I really enjoyed Ms Fitzpatrick's writing style.   It is smooth and flows easily and at a steady pace.   From the moment I began reading I related to the main character Samantha Reed.    This book took me back years  to age seventeen!   And the character Jase, well he was definitely a keeper in my humble opinion.    I loved how he related to his many siblings and was far wiser than his years.   Who wouldn't want to be a part of the neighbors family with all the love they shared?

This was young love at it's best and it was a book that spoke about morals and values.   Samantha transformed before our eyes from being timid and obedient to a self thinker and making her stand for what was right.    I felt this was an excellent read for the young at heart.    I gave it a 5 Wink rating.

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I did purchase this book.  

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