Date(s) read: December 18 – 19, 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
There are times where I feel like I’m totally missing out with a book. You know, those books that everyone is raving about that you KNOW you’ll love, but just never seem to get around to reading? Yes, that. This was one of those books for me. In fact, I was gushing over the cover for the longest time, then wound up winning the book in a contest, and STILL it sat on my shelf unread for the longest time! Being a summery cover, I thought I’d read it in the summer, but it was more of a pre-Christmas read. Of course, when there’s snow on the ground, there’s something to be said for reading a book that takes place in the summer — it’s kind of refreshing.
What was also refreshing was Huntley Fitzpatrick. People who told me to read this ASAP, you weren’t kidding! This book was pretty awesome and definitely made it onto my favourites list. From the instant I started reading this book, I knew it was going to be something special — from the Garretts being on the wrong side of the fence, to Samantha and her seemingly-perfect life. I kind of felt sorry for Sam and all of the rules she had to put up with — staying away from the Garretts being one of them. But then, when Jase and Sam start seeing each other — <insert swoon here> — the story really takes off.
I guess you could say this is one of those books where I finish and have no words, but rather a sigh and a smile on my face. It was just such a perfect book and one that I devoured, despite its larger size. And speaking of a larger size, the Garrett family was definitely awesome — I just wanted to crawl into their home and take in everything. I loved how opposite the Garretts were from Sam’s family — larger size, a little more cluttered, a lot more noisier, but full of so much love.
But while I thought this book was just going to be a super-sweet summer romance read, there are THINGS happening. My jaw must’ve dropped numerous times as I read on and I was so into the story that I just couldn’t put it down. There’s a definite lightness to the whole thing, with the romance between Jase and Sam, but there’s a HUGE thing in the story that really got to me. In fact, I entered reading the story thinking something completely different was going to happen and was kind of pleasantly surprised to see that I was wrong.
Fitzpatrick’s writing is gorgeous, unpredictable, and moving. This was a fantastic debut and I’m happy to say that this is one author who will be on my radar! This book is highly recommended.