My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door

"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...

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Title:My Life Next Door
Author:Huntley Fitzpatrick
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ISBN:0803736991
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:394 pages

My Life Next Door Reviews

  • Ariana
    Nov 01, 2011

    This is why I read YA books - to get this feeling of joy, of happiness, of love.. Because I simply

    feeling my head so light and having my heart skip a beat remembering how it felt to fall in love for the first time (and every time after that).

    I really like stories like this, that get you through every stage of a young relationship; that make you hold your breath for the romantic moments, for the first kiss; that make you smile at all the silliness and cuteness of the couple; that make you

    This is why I read YA books - to get this feeling of joy, of happiness, of love.. Because I simply

    feeling my head so light and having my heart skip a beat remembering how it felt to fall in love for the first time (and every time after that).

    I really like stories like this, that get you through every stage of a young relationship; that make you hold your breath for the romantic moments, for the first kiss; that make you smile at all the silliness and cuteness of the couple; that make you ache for them when they are in trouble and fall apart; that make you love them more when they get back together, much stronger as a couple, much more in love, knowing themselves better, accepting each other with the good and the bad, feeling their love grow with every page, with every word...

    I guess what I mean is that this is a very sweet romantic story that went straight to my heart and doesn't plan to leave too soon!

    There were so many emotions radiating through these pages, with all that drama and those tangled situations that I almost didn't see a way to end the story well. It was all so full of substance - there was so much to laugh about, to smile about, to care about... So much to enjoy, so much to love.

    And yes, the romance is absolutely lovely: This is how first love feels like: a bit clumsy, out of place, unpredictable (and supposedly world-shattering), but also damn cute. It made me smile, scratch that, it made me giggle like a child. I like their sweetness and their cuteness and i could savor this love-story forever.

    The characters were amazing as well.

    I loved the main character,

    . There was something about her dreamy way of beeing, about the way she thought about and watched from afar the family next door so opposed to her own, the way she started to feel so loved by some people that she barely knew, the way she needed to live for once after all that

    thing she's been doing.

    Also, I liked how she always wanted to help, how she worked even though she didn't need to, how she tried to stick to the truth even thoug it was supposed to break her.

    I am not sure what would i have done in her place. I love my family and I guess i would stick to them no matter what, but I definitely hope not to find out this on my own.

    Then we have 

    .

    He was the best first boyfriend you could have. Smart, cute, funny, and patient. I liked how open he was and honest, how he treated Sam so well even when things got rough. Also I loved how he was there for his siblings, for his parents, and I loved how he kept fighting for his dreams (figuratively speaking) even though there were such slim chances for them to come true.

    There's only one thing that I missed - I wanted him to play a song for Sam, as i love guys paying guitar.

    My favorite character is probably little

    . I mean, how could you not love him? He is the cutest boy ever!! He is smart and sweet and so damn lovely; I wanted to kiss him, to hug him, to take him home and adopt him. He made me laugh so damn much and he deserves all the love and the fans he can get.

    And as we're still at it, there was one more character that I loved -  

    He was troubled, but he was such a nice guy. I didn't know he was supposed to have so much impact in this story, so it was a great surprise and I loved all the moments with him. He was such a good friend (when he was not being a jerk and when he was sober).

    This brings me somehow back to his sister,

    - the very opposite of him. We didn't get to know how things eneded with her, but things like this happen all the time. You have friends until one day you don't have them anymore.

    Things like 'best friends forever' are easier to say than do, and the truth is that you don't need to

    on keeping close a friend, you just have to be there, to enjoy the friendship.

    This being said, this book was awesome. I loved it and i can't wait to read more from this author. I still wonder what would I do in Sam's shoes. I am definitely not sure.

    I know that when you fall in love you think that you deserve happiness (and you probably do), and when something so dark comes upon your love you need to have all the luck on your side to make things right again. Again not sure if this was the way to do it. I agree that these things can be handled privately - scandals and fights are so not my thing, but anyways it is a shame that someone might need to get to something like that, that someone might suffer (not only one person, but many more; not only one family, but two).

    So, let's welcome Huntley Fitzpatrick in this fabulous world of books!

    I really can't wait for more awesomeness written by her, so...

    Happy writing Huntley and happy reading you guys!

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  • Glass
    Jan 02, 2012

    This book was worth waiting for. I've read it in two days despite the fact that I was head over heels in all that boring end-of-the-school-year paperwork that us, teachers, are so fond of.

    First, I can not believe that this is Huntley Fitzpatrick's debut novel. I've read so many bad books lately and those autors didn't have the excuse of first attempt in their writing carieers. My Life Next Door reminded me a lot of Sarah Dessen novels - by the concept and the writing style. And I love Sarah Des

    This book was worth waiting for. I've read it in two days despite the fact that I was head over heels in all that boring end-of-the-school-year paperwork that us, teachers, are so fond of.

    First, I can not believe that this is Huntley Fitzpatrick's debut novel. I've read so many bad books lately and those autors didn't have the excuse of first attempt in their writing carieers. My Life Next Door reminded me a lot of Sarah Dessen novels - by the concept and the writing style. And I love Sarah Dessen.

    My Life Next Door is great example of what does it mean to create believable characters - we are introduced with everyone gradually and getting the informations about each characters trought their actions. There isn't author's eulogy about them on five pages or constant describing of every single chlothing choice. (Dear autors, you can describe, but make sure it actally has a point and that it's relevant for the story - like clue in mystery novel. On the other hand, three pages descriptions of what your main heroine is wearing on her first day in school just for the sake of describing is not a good move.)

    What I liked the most? The way relationship between Samantha and Jase developed. There's such a positive message for all the young girls - if I had a teenage daughter, I would make her read this book. But it's not just another story about girl who falls for the boy - read it and you'll see.

    For the end I can say only one thing - I can't wait for Huntley Fitzpatrick's next novel.

    P.S. September 8th 2013.

    I think that I'll re-read this book soon. :)

  • Jenn
    May 06, 2012

    1.

    teenage angst from Samantha

    2.

    teenage drama with the main characters

    3. Jase and Samantha were very mature 17-year-olds (very refreshing)

    4.

    5. The Garrett family

    6. The easy, loving, trusting and patient relationship Jase has with Samantha

    7. I

    that this book put a smile on my face and made me laugh almost the entire book. Although it did have me teary eye a little bit at one point. :o)

    8.

    I loved that this book sucked me in and never wanted

    1.

    teenage angst from Samantha

    2.

    teenage drama with the main characters

    3. Jase and Samantha were very mature 17-year-olds (very refreshing)

    4.

    5. The Garrett family

    6. The easy, loving, trusting and patient relationship Jase has with Samantha

    7. I

    that this book put a smile on my face and made me laugh almost the entire book. Although it did have me teary eye a little bit at one point. :o)

    8.

    I loved that this book sucked me in and never wanted me to put it down.

    Samantha lives next door to Jase for 10 years before they actually have their first encounter with each other on a face-to-face level. She's from a well to do family and he's from a family of 8 children and a crazy/loud household. His family is something she wishes she could be a part of while her family is "prim and proper", mostly, and she always follows the rules. When Jase comes in to the picture it literally turns her world upside down.

    This summer Samantha will fall in love and she will find the courage and strength to stand up for her self. She will also learn the importance of friendship, family, love, and making the right choices. Ultimately she will learn that no matter the price you have to sacrifice by telling the truth, even if you lose what you love the most, that some people are willing to stick by you no matter what, all you have to do is give them a chance.

    "Is Jase already going to marry you?"

    I start coughing again. "Uh. No. No, George. I'm only seventeen." As if that's the only reason we aren't engaged.

    "I'm this many," George holds up four slightly grubby fingers. "Jase is seventeen and a half. You could. Then you could live in here with him. And have a big family."

    Jase strides back into the room, of course, midway through this proposition. "George. Beat it. Discovery Channel is on."

    George backs out of the room, but not before saying, "His bed's really comfortable. And he never pees in it."

    The door closes and we both start laughing.

  • Keertana
    Jun 20, 2012

    Rating: 2.5 Stars

    Everything about

    screams “summer chick-flick”! From its flirty cover, to its sappy title, to its shockingly bright synopsis, you’d think you couldn’t go wrong with this book. I was expected a Sarah Dessen type novel and what I got instead is something I can only relate to authors who I happen to loathe like Stephanie Meyer or Becca Fitzpatrick, even though they’re not contemporary authors. I think what pains me the most is that I

    liked the first half

    Rating: 2.5 Stars

    Everything about

    screams “summer chick-flick”! From its flirty cover, to its sappy title, to its shockingly bright synopsis, you’d think you couldn’t go wrong with this book. I was expected a Sarah Dessen type novel and what I got instead is something I can only relate to authors who I happen to loathe like Stephanie Meyer or Becca Fitzpatrick, even though they’re not contemporary authors. I think what pains me the most is that I

    liked the first half of this novel. It was slow, it was a little

    happy, but it was nice. It had potential. Ultimately though, it just didn’t live up.

    Samantha Reed seems to have everything – the perfect grade point average, a beautiful home, a rich and successful mother, a perfect figure, and gorgeous genes. Yet, what no one else seems to see is that her mother is hardly a mother – she vacuums obsessively and has been aloof, strict, and apart ever since Sam’s father abandoned their family before she was even born. Thus, Sam cannot help but gaze wistfully at her neighbors, the Garretts, who have eight children, seem to be broke, and yet have all the happiness in the world. When Jase, the third eldest Garrett child, introduces himself to Samantha, her dream of becoming part of their life comes true. Samantha couldn’t be happier – until that is, her senator mother makes a grave mistake that could destroy her newfound happiness and love.

    I’m not going to lie – I was quite impressed by this story at first. Samantha was an interesting protagonist, one who was suffering underneath her perfect disguise, yet she never let that get in the way of her interactions with others. She constantly tried to be the perfect daughter, the perfect neighbor, the perfect best friend, the perfect girlfriend, and I think that is something everyone can relate to. Yet, Samantha paled in comparison to the Garretts. In some ways, this novel reminded me of Cheaper by the Dozen – two loving parents with a large family of children do their best to make it work. Furthermore, these kids, despite their vastly different personalities, all love one another and seem to mesh perfectly as siblings. Seeing Samantha fit into this equation was nothing short of entertaining and only increased my respect for her.

    In addition to the Garretts though, another family that played a huge part in this novel was Sam’s best friend Nan and her brother Tim. Sam has grown up with these two since childhood and I loved how realistically their relationships were portrayed – well, in the first half of the novel. Usually, authors never give too much emphasis to the best friend, but Nan was given a lot of importance in this story, which I liked – especially because a friend’s problems, their life, and their struggles impact your life as well. Furthermore, Tim, Nan’s older brother, undergoes immense growth and change throughout this novel as well as being one hell of an intelligent, sassy, and funny guy – all qualities which instantaneously made him my favorite character. Although I loved Jase, the main love interest, Tim was simply so much

    Jase is kind, polite, and perfect to the point where he has no flaws. He is an attentive boyfriend, a doting son, an inspirting brother, and an adoring child in general. Sam’s relationship with Jase was cute, fun, and likeable. They had their awkward moments, their gradual growth, and their eventual path to love. I liked all of these things, but somewhere after the half-way point of this book, everything began to go downhill.

    First and foremost, one of the main issues that can be seen even from the beginning of the novel is the fact that Sam’s mother hates Jase’s family. She thinks they’re too big and she despises that since her own unreliable husband came from a family just like theirs. So of course, when Sam becomes involved with Jase her mother doesn’t know about it and surprisingly enough, neither does Sam’s best friend. Logically speaking, this should have been a big problem in the story. Jase

    have been very upset by this, he

    have seriously questioned Sam’s feelings for him, but he didn’t, because you know, Jase is just

    a sweet and forgiving guy. Is this realistic? No, not even close. Strike #1

    Although Problem #1 bothered me, I was able to let it go and trudge onwards with the story to Problem #2. This is a friendship problem with Nan – one which, in my opinion, was original, different, and really interesting. I wanted to see how this played out! I was curious, I was excited – uniqueness in YA Contemporary Fiction? It was unheard of! Yet, what winds up happening in this situation is that Nan refuses to speak to Sam and even after Sam

    gets the backbone and guts to force Nan to speak to her, they have a short conversation and end their friendship of twelve years

    I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t walk away from my best friend of twelve years that easily. I let it go though, I kept thinking it would come up later, that it would be resolved

    Spoiler Alert: That eventual closure we’re waiting for? It doesn’t happen. Sam doesn’t even get to say her perspective of the issue in fact! She just listens to Nan, nods, walks away, and Nan is never mentioned ever again. Irritating? Yes. Unrealistic? Yes. Strike #2? Yes.

    If you haven’t already figured out so far, Samantha has some serious issues – not only in her life, but with her personality as well. Most importantly, she has no backbone. A Gryffindor she most certainly is not. She lacks the courage to tell her mom about her perfect boyfriend, she lacks the courage to salvage her friendship with Nan, but the last straw comes when she lacks the courage

    This is a spoiler-free review (for the most part), so all I can really say is that her mother does something bad – really bad – and it affects the Garretts, who are poor and struggling to make ends meet, in a really bad way. Samantha

    that her mother is responsible for this act that is causing the Garretts to suffer, but no one else knows about it, so what should she do? Well, first of all, she should tell her boyfriend. What she

    do instead though, is tell herself that what she thinks isn’t true – denial. I’m not heartless, so I can accept denial, but not for eight days (or a week…something like that)! Plus, even

    that eight days, when she finally accepts it’s true, she

    doesn’t tell Jase! This entire situation plays out in

    a ridiculous manner that it is not even funny. Sam’s mother is Senator Reed, running for re-election, so the truth can’t com out because of her campaign, but you know what? I don’t care. Everyone is raised with a moral sense of right from wrong and the decisions Sam and her mother make are wrong, irritating, and disappointing. Of course this situation all solves itself up very nicely, but I hated its entire presence in the novel. Not only does it take up the entire second half of the novel, it

    it. Strike #3

    Avid baseball fans (or not-baseball-fans like me) will know that after three strikes, you are

    and boy, was this book out – out of my shelf, out of my life,

    What upsets me the most though, is that this book had a

    of potential. It had unique and original ideas, but its execution of them was disappointing and lacking. I think the author’s intention was for this novel to be an expose about how a girl who seems to have everything together really doesn’t. How she makes mistakes, loses friends and her life falls apart. Well, Sam’s life

    fall apart, but that was because of stupid mistakes, idiotic decisions, and loss of a brain for eight days. I suppose some may argue that that

    life, it

    realistic, but if you read this book you’ll know that these situations and the way they were handled were

    realistic. Furthermore, Sam’s sister was only in this novel for 2% of it which was a huge mistake. I kept thinking of how things would have been different if Sam’s sister was there and I think it would have been a stronger novel if her relationship with her sister was allowed to develop.

    Gosh, that brings me to

    problem! There was no development of relationships in this novel except between Sam and the Garretts and Tim with…well everyone because he’s just awesome like that. Even by the end of the novel, Sam’s mother felt like the same Crappy Mom of the Decade since she was being a selfish pig. Furthermore, I haven’t even mention Supreme Villain of All Time, Clay. Clay is a douche bag, an idiot, a guy with the wrong priorities and he also happens to be Senator Reed’s boyfriend. *cue gag* I don’t want to talk about him, I hate him, and all you need to know is that he sucks.

    is a novel with a lot of potential, a lot of hope, and a lot of disappointment. The first half of this book is sweet, caring, and fun but then it just becomes strike after strike after strike. After reading it, I can’t even say that I liked it. If anything, I feel as if I wasted a huge chunk of my time. Looking back, I don’t even feel that invested in Sam and Jase’s relationship since Jase was so perfect and Sam was so unworthy of him and any problems they had weren’t even dealt with in a realistic and proper manner. *sigh* I’m sorry to say that

    goes right back on my shelf of disappointing debuts. Fitzpatrick had some great ideas in this one, but everything just fell flat in the end. Perhaps a more experienced author would have been better suited to write such a complex novel, but Fitzpatrick was simply unable to handle the plethora of scenarios in this one. That being said…I. Am. Out. 

    You can find this review and more on my blog,

  • Liz* Fashionably Late
    Feb 11, 2013

    Samantha is a rich,

    girl with the

    life, body and shit. She's got it all but a boyfriend. Her neighbor is single, hot and

    She's been

    admiring him from her balcony for evah. HEY, IT'S LIKE MEANT TO BE. The thing is Mom hates the Garrets. They're too many (eight kids) and those morons never heard about birth control so Sam will be in SERIOUS trouble if she fraternizes with the enemy.

    Life won't give her a break, though. She is su

    Samantha is a rich,

    girl with the

    life, body and shit. She's got it all but a boyfriend. Her neighbor is single, hot and

    She's been

    admiring him from her balcony for evah. HEY, IT'S LIKE MEANT TO BE. The thing is Mom hates the Garrets. They're too many (eight kids) and those morons never heard about birth control so Sam will be in SERIOUS trouble if she fraternizes with the enemy.

    Life won't give her a break, though. She is surrounded by cheaters, liars, addicts, so it's no wonder she secretly hangs out with the Garrets.

    Mom works all the time, Sam is usually alone so one day Jace pulls an Edward Cullen, climbs up to Samantha's balcony and BOOM, Cupid! They fall in love. I'd call it instalove but she's been stalking him for years, so...

    Life is good. Sam works, Jase works. Everybody works but wait... Tim and Nan: the fucked up siblings. Nan turns out to be a cheater, envious of Sam's great accomplishments and perfect boyfriend. But Nan's tired of her life, college is going to be her ticket out because she has her conflicts too, right? I'm sure Sam wants to know why her friend is so confused and why she needs to run away so desperately but wait... WHY IS NAN CHEATING? WHY WOULD NAN DO THIS TO SAM?

    Aaaand there's Tim. He's your typical bad boy character. A lot of swearing and smoking.

    And apparently, TIM IS FUCKING HONEST, FOR FUCK SAKE. FUCK.

    So after being fucking angry (that scene was so stupid), he quit his immoral job.

    I dislike so many more things about this book:

    I dislike this weird dynamic between Jase, Sam and Tim. And at one point, I just couldn't care any less to understand.

    I dislike sweet, forgiving George. Dude, YOU NEED TO STOP TALKING (This book makes me hate a little kid. This book is evil.)

    I dislike Samantha's mom. Obviously. That control-freak bitch.

    I dislike the fact that almost

    I dislike the fact that

    with no connection whatsoever with the story line, just to try to mix things up a little. And the ending was so perfectly convenient for everybody I still feel like throwing up.

    I dislike the beautiful, deceptive cover.

    I dislike all the expectations I had when I started reading this book.

    I dislike the fact that I'm the only one who dislikes this book.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Jun 26, 2013

    When I checked this book out at the library, my favorite librarian looked at me funny and said "This is not a you book". I told her that every once in awhile I want fluffy. I can do romancy young adult.

    I think I should probably stick mostly with the serial killers and stalkers

    Princess perfect Samantha lives a fairy tale life. Her mommy is a politician who gained her throne through that handy trust fund.

    Now next door to this paradise is one of "those families". The ones that never mow their la

    When I checked this book out at the library, my favorite librarian looked at me funny and said "This is not a you book". I told her that every once in awhile I want fluffy. I can do romancy young adult.

    I think I should probably stick mostly with the serial killers and stalkers

    Princess perfect Samantha lives a fairy tale life. Her mommy is a politician who gained her throne through that handy trust fund.

    Now next door to this paradise is one of "those families". The ones that never mow their lawn, have way too many kids, never pick up the toys and breast feed in public.

    So Samantha watches them. From her roof. For years.

    Then she finally gets to meet one of them. Jace. Then well...you know what happens next if you read many young adult books.

    Is it really insta-love if she has stalked him for years? The questions I have.

    The thing is, I did not really hate this one. Jace does have an interesting family. One kid named George that I'm gonna marry one of these days. George saved this book.

    Samantha's stoned friend Tim was pretty cool too.

    Now for mommy and her political boyfriend.

    If you want fluffy, read this book. It's not bad enough that I wanted to stab people. Now, I will go back to my regularly scheduled killing book.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Jan 31, 2014

    You know how I'm a contemporary snob? And it takes sooooo muuuuch for a contemporary to wrap around my heart and turn me into happiness and sprinkles?

    SCRAP THAT. IT STOLE MY SOUL. I AM SO IMPRESSED RIGHT NOW. I have a few niggles, but gahhhhhh. I

    it. It basically went through a checklist of ALL the things that win me over. So it's basically possible that Huntley Fitzpatrick wrote it

    me, okay? Just so you know.

    Because it had:

    • huge emphasis

    You know how I'm a contemporary snob? And it takes sooooo muuuuch for a contemporary to wrap around my heart and turn me into happiness and sprinkles?

    SCRAP THAT. IT STOLE MY SOUL. I AM SO IMPRESSED RIGHT NOW. I have a few niggles, but gahhhhhh. I

    it. It basically went through a checklist of ALL the things that win me over. So it's basically possible that Huntley Fitzpatrick wrote it

    me, okay? Just so you know.

    Because it had:

    • huge emphasis on family...BIG families in fact, which warms my soul because I have big family.

    • a slow burn romance that started off as a friendship.

    • all the secondary characters had personalities and lives and

    too, and no one felt like a cardboard cut out.

    • IT HAD FUNNY MOMENTS

    • Plenty of food

    • I think my emotions caught in a knot and I hiccuped with feels, but ya know, that probably

    .

    • Did I mention big families?!?!??!?!?!?

    It's like a culture, truly! And I loved the

    . Even to the point of going to the shop and having comments on "why are you having so many kids" and the prejudice towards mothers who breastfeed. Why not? Why are people terrified by the idea of big families?!?! I'm one of 6. But the Garrett family had EIGHT kids. And they just caught everything soooo weeell. Like having the babies escaping clothes, and mess and calamity, and how the siblings interacted. AWK. <3

    (Although to be a complete pain, my only nitpick in that realm is George. I LOVED GEORGE. He is the most adorable endearing 4 year old of the world. But...I have a 4 year old nephew and George was a bit out-of-this-world in terms of facts and cognitive ability and maturity. But hey. Not all 4 year olds are the same. So I'm not going to say kids like George don't exist. THEY DO. [They're also sometimes Autistic but...hm.] I think George was getting all his facts and things from TV, but still. He's only 4. He seemed too mature. Although I did so so love his character.)

    She kind of has this thing about "watching" them. Which could be creepy!? But I related to that. (Maybe I am creepy?) Fascinatingly big families with all their dynamics and life

    super captivating to watch.

    She was quite, calm, collected, rich, perfect...la la la . I don't think she was badly written. I just

    Which I found sad? It's like the quiet characters almost NEVER have life ambitions until they get a boyfriend and wild friends and all that. But *ahem* maybe I'm just being nitpicky here. I didn't hate Sam or anything! I loved her humour and I loved that she was never a snob. And I lvoed that she so easily slotted into babysitting for the Garretts and how she never judged their life choices. OMG.

    Although I kept thinking of

    from

    because that's the only time I've seen that name. (Although Jase is short for Jason.) He fixed things. *sniffs* He took care of babies. *sniiiiiiffs* He was sweet and yet tough and loved cars and was kind of badass at the same time as being just an adorable golden hearted marshmallow. *sniiiiiiiiiiiiiffs* LEAST TO SAY I SHIPPED IT.

    And a quickie glance at some of the other secondary characters:

    Yeah she was AWFUL. I'm sure she had OCD with all that obsessive vacuuming too, by the way. But she was definitely being manipulated and she didn't listen to her daughters and AT THE END SHE'S RATHER DESPICABLE. Ugh. A very narrow-minded character. Me no likee.

    Tbh, why was she even in the book? Because she mostly

    .

    : This is the evil

    younger boyfriend of Sam's mum and AGH I HATE HIM SO MUCH HE WAS MANIPULATIVE. By covered it by being smooth and charming. Politics ugh.

    Despite being named after Peter Pan's dog, she was, in fact, not loyal or nice. I didn't like Nan very much because she seemed a bit acidicly jealous towards Sam's life...and then at the end...no Nan. You should've stayed the dog in a children's story.

    Oh Tim, Tim, Tim. At first I hated him. He obviously has some mental health issues and addictions and he was always stoned and drunk. But I don't think having a crappy life EVER excuses you from being a jerk, okay?! OKAY. But then...Tim grew on me. And by the end, even with his failings, at least he was

    , and he was funny. And I just found myself rooting for him to have a better life.

    The writing was quite detailed, so I actually didn't whip through the book very fast. But I felt like I was soaking it all in and I really felt INSIDE the story. I could see it all!! And the ending. Woooow wowo wowoowow. I was flipping pages frantically and WAILING. Because it has a huge moral dilemma and it's just all a bit gut-wrenching. And I also appreciated that there weren't any wild drunk parties in this book. LIKE, NONE. I really die a bit at all the contemporaries that have a million parties. Least to say I'm NOT a party animal. So I always kind of zone out. But this had work and family chaos and tragedy and politics and more work (because these teens are earning money and being responsible) and YEAH. I loved that!

    I ship it. I love it. Big families. Melted ice cream. SERIOUSLY I THINK THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING. I had me totally caught up. AHHHHHHH.

    And the only reason it doesn't get to the top is it's very LONG and I felt a lot of the time...it was dragging a bit in the middle? Most of the time I was okay with that...but YEAH. Also I really don't understand American politics. I JUST DON'T. So whenever it fell into that jargon I withered like a petunia in the desert.

    And as a mostly-non-contemporary-reader...THAT IS A BIG DEAL. I wish there were more books with enormous families and all the chaos and love that goes with it. Because it's beautiful and it's challenging and BIG FAMILIES FTW I SAY. (Also entirely shippable romances and cute boys and fabulous witty banter also is awesome. That too.)

  • Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
    May 01, 2014

    4.5*

    Wasn't what I was expecting at all, it was quite a bit more intense, but I really loved it!

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    Aug 20, 2014

    We need to part ways now though, at 35%, but don't worry, I'll compile here every

    moment we shared together.

    Because I was there to follow their

    and was

    by the

    of their feelings....

    We need to part ways now though, at 35%, but don't worry, I'll compile here every

    moment we shared together.

    Because I was there to follow their

    and was

    by the

    of their feelings....

    It's not insta-love guys, because it's not the first time they talk. Nope. It's the

    time, not to mention that she has stalked him for years. Of course it counts!

    I swear the guy must be an hidden philosopher gem or something.

    MY GOD. Who needs Sartre when Jase is in the house? I might quote him someday.

    I know teenagers are tricky, but there must be a medal hiding somewhere for Nan and Tim's ones.

    ... and it's not finished :

    Who indeed? Should we warn someone? Put them on TV or something? Huh? (Not that Nan would tell them, of course. I mean, it's only her brother's life for fuck sake. FUCK. FUCK OFF. FUCK. FUCK. ←

    ...

    .........

    Hmm... Like this? Oh, no? You don't want to? Okay.

    I'm pretty sure it's one of my fave parts. I mean, come on.

    I might

    from butterflies each time he opens his thoughtful mouth - and it keeps getting better and better!

    Frankly, it just made my day. Truly. Hope to die and all that shit.

    You and me on this, girl. Wait - NO! I didn't

    ! What I mean is that I have no clue about why this (wonderfully profound as always) sentence is blush worthy. NOT A FREAKING CLUE (explanations in comments are welcome). That SOMETHING though.

    OH BOY. Can I just forget it? To me

    Well, I guess that's all.

  • Maureen
    Sep 07, 2015

    I really enjoyed this! Sam and Jase are SUCH great characters and I really enjoyed seeing them fall in love (even if it was a little bit of insta love).

    A lot of things surprised me about this book, and it just gave me the warm fuzzies all the time.

    I AM STILL SMILING. So great. So wonderful. Bless.