Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
Being an only child, reading about a HUGE family like the Garrett family is up there with the Weasleys. A giant, messy family that is filled so much love and cuteness that it makes me want to jump inside the book and live with them -- like, what’s one more addition, right? And the Garrett family has got just about the best characters ever. Like George. George might be four, but oh, man, I am claiming that crazy kid now. He’s gonna be one WEIRDLY AWESOME teen. And then, of course, there’s Jase. Patient, older brother and second father, Jase. I’ve read many a drool-worthy boys in my day and this, friends, is one of them. Wowza.
Then of course, Samantha’s family is mirror opposite. Samantha is a perfect overachiever, all fueled by her incredibly neurotic mother. Seriously... NEUROTIC. Oh, and mom’s new, almost equally neurotic boyfriend, Clay, who creeps the Southern out of me. Mom and mom’s BF create that situation that I usually DESPISE of social class-based tension.
As if this book doesn’t grab my heart with all of these characters, it has to add in Tim Mason. Wonderfully broken, constantly screwed-up Tim. Tim is one of those characters that we are lucky enough to see the entire character arc within the course of the novel and that isn’t easy to do. Nan, Tim’s sister and Sam’s best friend is obviously the starting connection, but it’s clear to see who the better Mason child.
This is basically the PERFECT summer read with some fairly tense drama mixed in with lots of smiles and cute moments. If you need a goo vacation read, I highly recommend this. You can’t be disappointed. Lastly, the artistic person in me has to mention the fantastic cover. It is simply gorgeous and really matches the story. Bonus points on that!
If you liked/ or if you liked this, you’d like: Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian.