A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another
“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?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
Although they've been neighbors for 10 years, Samantha Reed and Jase Garrett are worlds apart. Rich, beautiful Samantha has led a privileged life, strictly dictated by her state senator mother. Jase, part of a large, boisterous family that's despised by Samantha's mother, has to work hard for what he gets. As fate would have it, the two teens fall in love despite or perhaps because of their different backgrounds. But the summer romance turns into a nightmarish moral dilemma as Samantha becomes aware of a secret, hidden by her mother's unscrupulous campaign aide, which could destroy Jase's family or ruin her mother's political career. As Samantha wrestles with what to do, she risks losing her comfortable lifestyle, her mother's trust, and the boy she most admires. Fitzpatrick's excellent first novel movingly captures the intensity of first love, the corrupting forces of power, and the losses suffered by innocent victims caught in a web of political deceit. As the lines between villains and heroes shift, readers will be reminded how "right" and "wrong" choices are rarely crystal clear. Ages 12 up.
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This was such a good book. I couldn’t stop reading.
My Life Next Door
This book was so good! I can’t even find the words to describe how I felt while reading this! It was so romantic! I am a person who loves to read more than anything but out of all the books I like to read, romance is definitely my favorite genre. This book was a complete representation of what I think of when I think of romance.😊