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My Life Next Door

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I thought this book would be very cliché: little rich girl falls for the boy next door; gets a whole new perspective on life through the eyes of a financially-strained, but very happy — unlike her own — family; and learns something big about herself over the course of one short summer. The boy introduces himself as Jase Garrett, the third oldest child, and from this point, they begin growing closer as friends. Also, I decided to up my rating to a full 4 stars after writing this review, because it did clear more things for me! I considered shelving the book far too many times to enjoy it, and just felt like the book was far too fluffy.

There aren’t enough stars on Goodreads for this series ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I can’t recommend it enough. There's such a positive message for all the young girls - if I had a teenage daughter, I would make her read this book. The theme of loyalty is present in this novel as the protagonist (Sam) has to choose between her mother who is guilty and her boyfriend who is struggling to support his family as a result of her mother's actions. At times this involved a twenty-page analysis of a two minute conversation with her current crush and included such phrases as "Pause.

The relationship of Sam and Jase can be seen as an example of the classic first love scenario, however, this novel also deals with other romantic relationships that vary in maturity and significance. I remember being super excited for this book because Katie from Katie's Book Blog compared the level of awesomeness to Anna and the French Kiss.

After many years of observing the family next door, she finally meets Jase, the third oldest in the Garrett clan. 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. She thinks they’re too big and she despises that since her own unreliable husband came from a family just like theirs.My Life Next Door was originally published by Dial, an imprint of Penguin Random House, on 14 June 2012 in hardback and eBook editions. Although she's spent years watching them, Samantha has never interacted with the Garretts because she doesn't want to disobey her mother. 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. Today, Huntley lives on the coast of Massachusetts with her encouraging husband and their six energetic children who, thankfully, let her pick their brains, advising her on whatever is currently cool and reminding her of what always matters.

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