My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An adorable large family, a cute slow-burn romance, expertly crafted characters, a huge plot twist, real depictions of teenage life, and dialogue that draws your right into the story make up a great novel that was a real treat to read all in one sitting. Sam and Jase made this an awesome book, but it was all the side characters (aka Jase’s siblings and Tim) that made this so much more. All their problems and triumphs felt so real and I was super invested in the outcome. George was my fave little Garrett.
Sam makes some bad choices and can’t really stand up for herself, but I still thought she was a good character, flaws and all. Jase is beyond amazing. (Why can’t a Jase live next door to me??) Everything between them was going along fine, all cute and such, and then something ~really bad~ happens. I wasn’t expecting this book to get as dark and sad as it did, and I really hated how some characters acted and the choices they made. (It made this book even better, but GAH. Screw you, Clay and Gracie). Some people really suck… I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending because it felt too rushed. But then I discovered there is a companion novel about Tim and Alice, so I’m hoping to find out some of the missing details in that one!
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