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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – review. 'Be warned, this book will make you want to book a sunny holiday, or at the very least make. Samantha's life is changed when she meets Jase, the boy next door. Get personalized recommendations and earn points toward a free book! Before you go Check Out These. 21 Books You've Been Meaning to Read.
Sometimes even Nan is drama. The tidal pool warm in the summer sun, full of exotic life, but no danger. But nothing is that simple in life, and when she is faced with an incredible life-changing dilemma, Samantha must face her own conscience.
A few times, in fact. And this is her story.
Her journey on her last year of high school as she navigates a whole new version of life and love, learning what friendships are real, and overcoming the superficial and judgmental issues her mother instilled in her. I was curious as to where this one would go, and pleasantly surprised by a few characters, that my own judgie-judgerson-self had already overlooked as unredeemable.
I was also sorely disappointed in a few others, but such is life. Which is why this story is so good. The quality of the storytelling held me there, as if it were real life. I could see and hear them all. Sure… for a good part of the story, I wondered if anything was going to happen at all to change the rhythm I had a few theories considering some that I thought were a few bad apples for sure. Yay, so glad you enjoyed this one Maryse!
I read it over a year ago and loved it. I even did a re-read which I hardly ever do. This author just nails it. Fell for him hard. I also really enjoyed this book. There are two more books. Characters already introduced in the first book.
More teenage struggles and angst. Yes, Maryse…George!! Not kidding about how much I loved it and how hard I fell for Tim who was a hot mess in the first book. Oh YAY Chris. You just made my day. Even though at times I was irritated with the parents for having baby after baby, leaving the older ones to pick up the slack. But that would be my only complaint.
The followup book was pretty dang good as well, but this one is still my favorite of the two. And the second one has a nice little shock to it which really puts things into a tailspin! I read this one years ago, and I still thinking about it. Love a good summer YA. And I adored how honestly the book dealt with sex — how the parents, and the hero and heroine, acted in discussing it and being safe about it was really refreshing. Thanks for the lovely review!
Great read, and I definitely recommend it! Most reacted comment. Hottest comment thread. Recent comment authors. Notify of. Chris… the children were SO real to me.
After the accident, the Garrett household is in turmoil. Garrett and the older children are frequently at the hospital, and Samantha baby-sits when she can.
The younger children start acting out, and Jase is extremely stressed out about his family's situation. Additionally, there are financial concerns because the Garretts have no health insurance, Mrs. Garrett is pregnant and the hardware store has been struggling to turn a profit. Samantha is wracked with guilt over what she knows.
She tries to talk to her mom and Clay again about how wrong it is for them to hide this accident, but Clay threatens to pull some of the Garretts' hardware store contracts if Samantha does not breakup with Jase. This would place the family in even more dire financial straits, so she tells Jase that she can't see him anymore. After the breakup, Samantha becomes depressed, quits her jobs and spends hours in her room.
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When Tim comes over to talk, Samantha tells him everything. Tim convinces Samantha to tell Jase the truth, which she does, and Jase forgives her. Clay tries to convince Jase that they should all keep the secret because if Grace suffers, Samantha will suffer, too.
Both Samantha and Jase refuse to keep silent, so Clay suggests spinning the situation by planning a press conference where Grace would confess what she did. He says everyone loves a repentant sinner. Jase doesn't agree to the plan, and he and Samantha leave. When Grace decides to talk to the Garretts, Clay disagrees and they break up.
After Grace confesses everything to Mrs. Garrett, the Garretts hold a family meeting and decide to keep the matter private.
Grace agrees to cover all of Mr. Garrett's medical bills and the additional expenses of hiring someone to work at the hardware store. She also agrees to drop out of the race. When Grace announces that she is selling the house, it doesn't bother Samantha. What she has with Jase is real, and that won't change. While taking the practice SATs at the local high school, Samantha notices Nan wearing several good luck charms, including the cross she received for her communion. Teasing her, Samantha asks Nan where Buddha and Zeus are.
Nan tells Samantha that she would burn sage, embrace Scientology and wear a Kabbalah bracelet if any of it would help her get a high score. Authority Roles Samantha never met her father, who left the family before she was born.
Grace Reed portrays a warm and caring image to her constituents but is cold and strict with her daughters. Both Samantha and her older sister realize that their mother finds it hard to be a parent. Grace tells Samantha that her daughters are the best things that ever personally happened to her, but there is more to life than personal things, and she does not want them to be the only things that ever happen to her. Grace disapproves of their new neighbors, and a few months after they move in, she builds a 6-foot wall between their properties.
When Samantha learns that Grace hit Mr. Garrett with her car, Grace tells Samantha that a scandal could end her political career and that she is very important to the people of Connecticut. Clay Tucker, Grace's political adviser and boyfriend, planned to reveal that Grace's opponent had been charged with drunk driving even though it happened 30 years earlier.
When Tim quits working on Grace's campaign, his mother tells him he is a loser. For Mr. Garrett, spending time with their children is a top priority.
Samantha asks Jase what it's like to have two happy parents.
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He tells her that having "together" parents is all he knows, and he can't imagine not having them. Garrett openly talks to Jase about sex. Jesus' name is also taken in vain several times.
Profanity used includes the f-word, s, h, d--n, b--ch, and a--hole. The thought usually grosses her out. Grace is unusually agreeable to Clay's suggestions, which prompts Nan to ask Samantha if sex is what caused the changes in Grace's attitude and demeanor.
Tim is surprised when he learns that Grace is dating, saying that he thought she had confined herself to a vibrator and the shower nozzle since Samantha's dad left. Tim teases Samantha and his sister about being virgins, and after he finds out Samantha and Jase are dating, he makes several lewd comments about them having sex.
After Grace initially won the election and became a state senator, she spent a lot of time away from Samantha and Tracy. Samantha said Tracy went through a period of rebellion where she experimented with drugs and drinking, shoplifted and slept with many boys. Although she has heard a health-class lecture on sex, seen R-rated movies, listened to her sister brag about how many times a day she and boyfriend Flip can have sex and has read books with sexual scenes, Samantha thinks there is still much she does not know about sex.
She wonders if instinct will take over, if sex will be good right away, if you have to acquire a taste for it, if sex will hurt the first time and how long birth-control pills take to be effective. Samantha discovers that Flip once dated Jase's sister Alice, but they broke up because Alice had sex with his tennis partner.
At the end of the book, Tracy announces to her mother that Flip has transferred schools so he can be with her, and they will be living together during their freshman year of college. Samantha remembers that her ex-boyfriend Michael was Catholic and would kiss and grope her, but would immediately feel guilty and blame her for his feelings.
Her other ex-boyfriend, Charley, was always hoping for sex. Samantha and Jase kiss several times, and as their relationship progresses, they undress. While kissing in their underwear, Jase becomes aroused and is embarrassed by it.
Samantha tells him not be embarrassed because she loves him. He tells her that he loves her, too. Jase tells Samantha that he put a lock on his door, knowing that he planned to have sex with Samantha. His father asked him about it. Then Mr. Garrett tells Jase about being responsible and making sure that both parties experience mutual pleasure. Jase tells Samantha that he was very embarrassed while talking to his father. When Samantha and Jase have sex for the first time, it is described in detail, including Samantha being surprised at the pain she feels.
The next day, Samantha is so happy that she is distracted at her job. She wonders if people can look at her and tell that she is now sexually active. After Mr. Garrett's accident, Jase and Samantha have sex in Jase's bedroom.
The act is frenzied also described in detail , and Jase apologizes, but Samantha tells him they both needed it. After Samantha breaks up with Jase, he asks her if it's because of their having sex, telling her they can slow down if they are going too fast.
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Nan tells Samantha that her mother married while still a virgin and advised her not to do the same thing.
Nan and her boyfriend, Daniel, are naked and about to have sex in an apartment that is supposed to be unoccupied for the weekend when Daniel's uncle walks in on them.
Nan tells Samantha that Daniel shoved Nan in front of him to cover himself. Nan is embarrassed and asks Samantha not to tell Tim because she wants him to believe she is no longer a virgin. Jase's year-old sister, Andy, has a crush on a boy from her sailing camp and shares a first kiss with him. When Grace is at work, Tracy and Flip park the car in the family's driveway with the bucket seats down. While home, Tracy and Flip kiss and pinch each other's bottoms.
Grace suggests that Samantha date Flip's younger brother, but Samantha tells her that he is gay. Samantha sees one of Grace's speeches on television and is surprised to learn of her mother's stance on gay marriage. Prior to the speech, Samantha thinks her mother does not have an issue with gay marriage and thinks she is more politically moderate. When Andy complains that the boy she is dating still has not kissed her, Alice speculates that he is gay.I love paranormal books way more than my realistic ones; worlds that don't really exist enthrall me way more than real ones do.
He fixed things.
See all books by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Nothing huge went down except that crazy, pointless twist. Loud, messy, affectionate. Yet, what winds up happening in this situation is that Nan refuses to speak to Sam and even after Sam finally gets the backbone and guts to force Nan to speak to her, they have a short conversation and end their friendship of twelve years just like that. May 01, Hailey Hailey in Bookland rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wish there were more books with enormous families and all the chaos and love that goes with it.