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This book was amazing!
At first it started out really slow and to me it kind of felt like a Sarah Dessen novel (except My Life Next Door had a lot of cursing) where in the beginning there is about half a book of build-up before it gets good. But once I got to the middle of the book, it was really good! (ahh sorry I can't find words to describe the awesomeness that is this book!)
There are a lot of issues brought up in this novel. Sometimes when too many issues are presented it doesn't work and it just seems like the author is trying way to hard to set his or her contemporary novel apart from other contemporary novels, but Fitzpatrick did a really awesome job at presenting all the issues in My Life Next Door. The problems ranging from absent parent to substance abusive teen to cheating (school-wise) to possessive boyfriend.
You guys know how I usually love the best friend in the novels I read? Well I hated (emphasize on hate) Nan. She was so self-centered and overly jealous (all the time) of Sam and she couldn't be happy for her friend! Nan was just such an awful friend and character.
Another character I did not like: Clay, the scum-bag boyfriend of Sam's mom. He was seriously showing signs of abusive boyfriend with the way he ordered Sam and her mom around, ugh did not like him at all. In all honesty, reading the parts with him made me cringe...
Jase has 7 other siblings, but my favorite sibling by far was George. George is four years old and he provides the novel with such cute and comical lines! Plus his oversensitiveness was adorable and funny. :)
I really liked how Sam and Jase's relationship progress. Sometimes when reading contemp novels, the main characters seem as if they are forced into a relationship, but not this novel!
Also how the novel ended was amazing. In my opinion the novel ended on a bitter-sweet note. The problems that occurred were still there, but they're getting through them, like real life.
Jenny @YA Novelties