Realistic Fiction. To Samantha Reed's rigid and controlling mom, the next-door neighbors are just "the messy family who lowers real estate values." To Samantha, however, the Garretts are fascinating, and she has secretly observed their chaotic goings-on from the roof outside her bedroom window for years. Then one evening, one of the Garrett boys, Jase, climbs up on Sam's patch of roof to talk to her, setting what Kirkus Reviews
calls "an almost perfect summer romance" in motion. While its vividly rendered first-love story is sure to have romance fans sighing contentedly, My Life Next Door
will also please readers who like ethical conundrums, complex, well-drawn characters, and serious family drama.