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Not Just a Pretty Cover: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Hi!

During the last few weeks of summer before school started I was totally in the mood for a good contemporary beach read. I shopped my shelves and picked up My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, which I’d been eyeing for months.

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrickperch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

Can we just acknowledge how lovely this cover is? It just has the exact look you want from a summer read…at least in my mind!

But My Life Next Door isn’t just a pretty cover, it is a well-developed contemporary romance with some serious sides. However, the story doesn’t feel heavy or overly weighty, but instead still maintains it’s summery feel despite the harder issues.

One thing I noticed about this book right away was the grace that it shows to different types or sizes of families. Throughout the novel we see Samantha’s small and reserved family sharply contrasted with Jase’s large and rambunctious one. We see snapshots into the inner workings of both, and what I appreciate the most is that there is no “better” or “worse” between the two. Through Samantha and Jase’s romance (squeeeee!) we see that there are positive and negative aspects to both small and large families and that each has its own unique form of dynamics, some parts healthy and some not.

Now, I mentioned the romance between Samantha and Jase. YES YES YES YES YES! This relationship is just so sweet you can’t help but read My Life Next Door and swoon a little. There is that perfect mix of excitement and uncertainty that usually accompanies first love. And Jase…he is the stuff that teen (or not-so-teen) crushes are made of!

Even the not-so-likeable characters and the not-so-romantic parts of the story are so well-rounded that you are able to understand the reasoning behind the actions being taken, even if you still don’t like them and they make you really angry!

So, even though I know it’s not summer anymore, but if you’re longing for the feel of the warm summer weather you may want to check out My Life Next Door because it will not disappoint!

Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers (June 14, 2012)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 394 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: YA (I’d say 8th grade and up)

Buy the Book: My Life Next Door

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Reading Queue: September

the-reading-queueHappy September!

I’ve already talked about this on the blog a little bit, but I LOVE autumn! Yes, it means school is back in session, but it also means that the weather is getting crisper and the start of college football season! Yay!

So, it’s time for the Reading Queue! This is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story , where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a review of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. The goal for the Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations! Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Each month we’ve had a few more people join up with us which is pretty exciting! I was really bad at checking out other bloggers’ Reading Queues for August, but I hope to do better this month!

My Reading Queue

School has already started but I’m getting into the swing of things. Let’s see what’s on my queue for the month!

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (audio)

 

 

 

 

The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (I have it on audio, so I think I’ll FINALLY get to this one!)

 

 

 

 

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam Forster

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (print)

 

 

 

 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (e-galley)

 

 

 

 

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Chime by Franny Billingsley (audio)

 

 

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (e-galley)

 

 

 

 

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (audio)

 

 

 

 

How I Did Last Month

With the start of school I knew that I wouldn’t get as many books in as I had hoped for but 5 out of a goal of 7 still makes me feel good!

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

 

 

 

 

Nantucke Blue by Leila Howland

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Technically I finished this one on September 1, but I only had like 10% left to read that day, so I’m counting it as an August read.



 There you have it! What tasty treats you planning to read in September? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I gobble up first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR List

Hiya!

Have you all been enjoying summer so far?

As an educator it is my responsibility to supremely enjoy my summer vacation.

Part of this enjoyment is reading. So, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is focused on Books on My Summer TBR (To Be Read) List. Now, I’ve already posted my Reading Queue for June, so you may see some of the same books on today’s list. But that’s okay right?!

In no particular order here are the books in my TBR stack this summer. I can’t wait to devour them in all in true BookTasty fashion!

Silence by Becca FitzpatrickSilence by Becca Fitzgerald (already started)

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly HuntOne for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

Wonder by RJ PalacioWonder by R.J. Palacio

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Lock and Key by Sarah DessenLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Real Mermaids Dont Wear Toerings by Helene BoudreauReal Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer (already started)

Have you read any of these? Which should I make top priority?  What books are you hoping to read this summer?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Beachy Reads

Hi there!

It’s officially the first week of summer! And I made it through the last days of school with my students with minimal crying! Yay!

I absolutely love summer reading. I get to lounge around the house, or coffee shops  just doing what I want…reading!

So, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) I  am shopping my own book shelves for summery, Beachy Reads. All the books listed below are those that I own, haven’t read yet and seem like they’d make for nice relaxing summer reading. So here they are!

Lock&KeyLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah DessenJust Listen by Sarah Dessen

TheTurthAboutForeverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Real Mermaids Dont Wear Toerings by Helene BoudreauReal Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen TracyThe Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracey

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon GreenlandThe Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

(on my Kindle)Of Posiedon by Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks

Don’t these all look like cool, relaxing summer reads? Have you read any of them? Which of these should I add to my July Reading Queue?

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Tasty Treats (7)

Hi there! Happy Sunday!

Recently, I received two gift cards to Barnes and Noble as Christmas gifts!  One from my brother-in-law (thanks Ray!) and the other from my Secret Santa at school (Thanks Dep!).

You can imagine how excited I was upon receiving these gift cards! I immediately started dreaming out what titles I’d buy. I spent some time reviewing my Waiting on Wednesday posts and my TBR list on Goodreads to refresh my memory on books I’d been wanting for a while.  Well, I ended up purchasing four books with those gift cards and they all finally came in this week (SO EXCITED!). Shall we take a looksy?!

Look at these tasty treats! Yum!

Look at these tasty treats! Yum!

I love looking at them all lined up, but let’s get a better look at each of those pretty covers!

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickDelirium by Lauren Oliver

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFeversThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Man, I’m a sucker for brand new books! Is it weird that I kind of want to caress them all? You know what…just don’t answer that!

Each of these books are ones that initially drew my attention, but then I kept hearing such fabulous reviews I knew I had to read them. So yes! I think I spent my gift cards pretty wisely, don’t you?!

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Waiting on Wednesday: My Life Next Door

Well, everyone its Wednesday again, which means it’s time for me to showcase a new, unpublished, title that I can’t wait for.  Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine intended to highlight upcoming books.

I’m a huge sucker for book covers.  If your cover grabs me, I’m going to read your book.  I know you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I totally do.  Which has bitten me in the butt before when I loved a specific book’s cover and really disliked the story itself (Oh pretty cover why must you trick me?!)

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickWell, the cover for My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick grabbed my attention the first time because it is incredibly cute and the summary for this one sounds really good so I have high hopes!

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

My Life Next Door is scheduled to release on June 14, 2012 from Dial Books for Young Readers.  Doesn’t it sound like the perfect summer read!