The YA Bookshelf
I read My Life Next Door in two parts (40% first and then 60% after a break of a few days). I just wasn’t feeling it - and this was a book I had been looking forward to even before it was available in the UK - so naturally I was stumped over why I wasn’t liking the book.
I spent days thinking over why I wasn’t feeling it and I realised it wasn’t the book/storyline itself but rather the main characters Samantha and Jase. I loved them on their own or when they interacted with other characters but together, when it was just the two of them? Not so much. And the reason? I felt that there was no spark, no frisson between the two characters. Ultimately there was nothing to keep me turning the pages when Sam and Jase were together.
Except there was.
I read the book just to find out about Clay and because of the Garretts (how cute were they?!). Speaking of the Garretts? Tim and Alice were exactly what I was looking for in Jase and Samantha and I recently found out that The Boy Most Likely To is actually Tim’s book. Suffice it to say, I can’t wait to read that. It’ll be great to dive back in to the Garrett’s life.
All in all? I liked the family aspect of My Life Next Door. It was definitely worth reading just for that and I honestly didn’t mind reading the book even though I wasn’t a fan of the main couple.