|AUTHOR: Huntley Fitzpatrick |
PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers
PUBLICATION DATE: June 14, 2012
SOURCE: public library
GIVE IT TO: HS girls, fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti
REVIEW: Despite huge Goodreads reviews, this book was just okay for me. I slogged my way through the story for nearly two weeks. It is the beginning of the school year, so I read more slowly than usual, but I never felt compelled to read My Life Next Door compulsively. There always seemed to be something more important to do, something I cared about more than finishing this book.
I liked the characters--Jase and Samantha are perfectly nice and their relationship is sweet. They seem like very normal teenagers with normal problems, and I'm sure lots of teens will relate to them. The story is realistic and believable.
My problem with this book is that, while everyone is nice and everything, it is really pretty boring. I really liked Tim's character and, despite my lukewarm reception of this book, I would probably read a book written from his perspective. The conflicts are relatively minor until near the end, when a catastrophe comes out of the clear blue and finally introduces some tension between the lovers. By then, I just really didn't care anymore.
THE BOTTOM LINE: It's okay if you like "slice of life" fiction. The romance is sweet and realistic, but it just doesn't have enough conflict to keep me turning the pages.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We can't get it--it is very high school.
READALIKES: Along for the Ride (Dessen); Temptation (Hopkins); Endless Summer (Echols); The Boy Who Sneaks Into My Bedroom Window (Moseley)
- Overall: 2/5
- Creativity: 2/5
- Characters: 3/5
- Engrossing: 1/5
- Writing: 3/5
- Appeal to teens: 4/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 2/5
- Language: high--lots of F*** from one particular character
- Sexuality: high--kissing, kissing breasts, intercourse
- Violence: none
- Drugs/Alcohol: medium-high--one boy is addicted to drugs and alcohol; smoking cigarettes; adults and teens serve/drink wine
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