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My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick My Rating: 4.0 When I first saw the cute cover of the couple on My Life Next Door, I had to get my hands on the book and read it. After reading the blurb, I can already predict what the big secret was (someone Samantha knows causes one of the Garretts to get into a car accident) and I was right. That, however, didn't make My Life Next Door any less enjoyable. My Life Next Door deals with friendship, love, and best of all, loyalty. I had a problem with Nan, Samantha's best friend, right from the start, even before readers found out about the real her (cheating and envying everything Samantha has while plagiarizing Tim's work). I mean, what kind of friend thinks her "best friend" will spill her darkest secrets and laugh at her? What kind of "best friend" will basically snort and say you don't understand because you have everything to begin with? It's not like Samantha chose what family she can be born into. And to blame your "best friend" for the fact that she has an awesome gorgeous boyfriend while you have a terrible one that you've picked yourself? Does that even make sense? I hate that the problem with Nan was never solved. I wanted Nan to fail badly (aka getting caught cheating on the real SAT). Jace is also too good to be true. If I was in his situation (where Samantha's mother hit-and-runs his father), I wouldn't ever forgive Samantha. I understand it wasn't Samantha who did it, but still, it wouldn't matter to me. For Jase, to forgive Samantha the day she revealed the truth to him, that takes serious trusting and forgiving. I'm not even sure if that's possible. Best of all, My Life Next Door had me struggling, and for that reason, I'm giving this book a rating of four out of five. Why did I struggle? Well, I pictured myself in Samantha's position and thought: will I choose my own family or the Garretts? Family is very important, yes, but doing the right thing is also very important. I still can't answer the question. I love how My Life Next Door made me laugh, especially with the parts where George appeared. I rarely find a book that made me smile these days, but My Life Next Door managed to do it. Seriously, if you haven't read the book yet, what are you waiting for? ohdamnbooks: my life next door