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“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, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.
I give this book a very high 3 stars out of 5.
I didn’t know much about this book going into it. I loved the cover, and from the small description I had read I was interested. I dove straight in, and found it hard to leave. It was quite addicting.
At first I thought this was going to just be a stereotypical shy-girl next door meets some-what shy boy next door, and they fall in love during a summer of going to secret hiding places (there’s always that one place that apparently nobody else knows nothing about) and keeping their romance hidden because of some reason. Even though it did follow this formula, it’s still really good, original, and enjoyable.
Samantha’s mum was an annoying and horrible character. She deserved more than what she got. Also I feel like we never really received a good explanation for why her mum is the way she is, it just kind of got brushed under the carpet. It was also annoying how she barely even knew this men, let yet him come in to her house & parent her own daughter! Like…what? Ugh. There wasn’t one thing I liked about this character.
Samantha. Oh, Samantha. How I wished she just stuck up to her mum! I wanted to reach through the pages and grab her, telling her to stick up for herself! I get why she didn’t want too but it just really irritated me to see her being treated like that and accepting it.
What I liked about Sam though was how she was willing to help the Garrett’s even though her whole life she’s heard her mum talk bad about them. Despite this, she doesn’t let her mums opinions influence her own. See, Sam? You can be strong & have your own mind!
Don’t even get me started with Nan. She comes second in the characters-I-hate list under Sam’s mum. What even was the point of Nan though? She never really helped the development of the book or anything, kind of like Sam’s sister Tracy. Just there for no reason…just more drama. I’m going to stop there before I go on to make a 100 reasons I disliked Nan list.
I liked Jase & his whole family. I liked their dynamic, the sibling arguments that went on, and how they all took care of each other. It was nice to see that bond in a book. I feel like you never get to see big families in books, so it made a nice change to actually have one.
I was unhappy with where it ended! I wanted to know more! I got to the last page and was adamant that I was missing at least another fifty pages, needed more closure! I feel like there was a lot of loose ends, and things that were tied up were done too quickly, just cut short. It all just worked itself out a little bit too easy for me.
Overall it was a very enjoyable book and I would recommend it, especially if you are a lover of contempories! I will be looking out for more work by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
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