Friday, December 14, 2012

BIR 2012- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- Character Interview and Giveaway

The Best of 2012- Lynn's Pick, Giveaway & Character Interview From My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Published by Penguin
Published on June 14 2012

Why I picked this book
I am the only blogger here who's favorite genre is contemporary fiction.  It shouldn't be a huge surprise then that my two favorite books from 2012 would both be contemporary fiction books.  This particular book had made it to my to-read list this past summer when our blogger Kendra read the book.   After reading her review on GoodReads I knew I had to read the book next.  She posted her review of the book on this blog earlier this year and you can find it here: Kendra's review

Description from Goodreads:

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.

  If you missed out on this gem then I highly recommend you go pick up this book.  I love watching two people fall in love and I also love when characters are crafted really well.  The Garretts are written so that I know exactly what it feels like to spend a day at their house with each of them.  There are many characters here that will steal your heart.  You also won't be able to guess which direction the book will take next.  

Huntley Fitzpatrick was generous enough to let us interview her two main character's, Samantha and Jase.  There are some possible spoilers for those who haven't yet read this book so reader beware.

Character Interview

Jase, you are a straight forward and open guy who doesn't play games.  That is very refreshing- the world needs more nice guys.  In general, who inspires you the most and who are your heros?

Jase: Oh man.  (Looks at Samantha.)  Isn't 'nice guy' supposed to be the kiss of death?
Sam: Not in this case.
Jase: (Smiling) I'll take your word for it. cliched is it to say my dad?
Sam: Seriously cliched.  Maybe forgiveable under the circumstances.
Jase: Yeah...I mean.  He always was.  But...until this thing happened, I just saw his everyday struggles.  Not his hard times in high school, even though I knew they were there.  Now I see his...extraordinary struggles.  So he's even more of a hero to me.  (clears throat).

Samantha is right, nice is definitely a compliment in this case.  Samantha, how has meeting Jase and getting to know the Garretts changed you?  Were they what you expected?  What surprised you the most about them?

Sam:  I guess the first two questions have sort of the same one is quite how you expect them to be, how they look from a distance.  More messy , more real, more...I guess the biggest surprise to me was that I turned out to be that way too, because I knew them.  As for what surprised me the most about them...that it was so easy to walk in and belong.

Jase, what made you decide to climb up Samantha's trellis that first night that was different than any other time you had seen her?  What were you expecting to find and how was she different than what you expected?

Jase: It was an impulse.  I mean, I'd had it before.  I'm not sure I know why THAT night.  I'd been training with my dad, and he'd been telling me about how important it was to go with your gut and... just go for it.  That when you lose this moment.  And I looked up, and there she was and...I just kind of went for it.
Sam:  Very Nike, Jase.
Jase:  See, I'm not good at explaining these things.  I figured she'd just shut me down and that would that, to be honest.

Samantha, how do you feel about where you and Jase are right now in your relationship?  What do you hope changes and stays the same?

Sam:  Um...well...(glances at Jase).   Now I'm not good at this.  We've been a lot of different places, already.  And...they've all been...well, in retrospect...right for us to be a couple-to grow together.  Whatever changes...that's what I hope to stay the same.

Sam, how is the relationship with your mom?  How has everyone dealt with the fallout from the accident?  How are both families handling your relationship?

Sam:  Mom is mom.  I mean.  She's much less distracted now that she's not campaigning but there will always be something she's working for...right now it's the yard and the house and me going to college.  I caught her filling out one of my applications last week.  (sigh)  So there's that.
Jase:  Let me guess.  On the west coast, right?
Sam:  Oxford.

Jase, I am a big fan of your loving family.  I would have been just as enthralled with them as Sam if I had lived next door.  How are they doing?  Is your dad recovering well and how are the rest of them?

Jase:  Thanks.  You're welcome to adopt any given one of them at any given time.  No, seriously.  Thanks.  Dad's okay.  He's got a lot of work ahead of him, but (shoves hand through hair).  He's used to work.  I mean, we're work.  Life's work.  All that.

How are things with Tim, is he still clean and sober?  What is he up to these days?

Sam:  Speaking of work.  Yes, so far so good.
Jase:  Not always easy.
Sam: For Tim and with TIm.  He's thinking of actually heading back to school.  But he's got some drama of his own going on.  Girl drama.  Other Drama.  So we'll see what happens with that.

Hopefully one day Tim will get to update us all on his life in more detail.  I've heard rumors that it might be a possibility in the future (side eyes Huntley).  What about Nan?  Has she made any overtures?  What are you hoping for in the friendship?

Sam:  (scrubbing at face with hands).  I don't know.  I'm not sure if we can get back to that.  If we should.  I mean...I want to...but then I wonder if I really knew her or if she knew me.  Or maybe she did and she just didn't want to.
Jase:  Sam, you know it's not that,.
Sam:  It's weird to be closer to Tim than Nan.  Again.  I guess.  But in some ways, it's not weird at all.  LIke spending so much time watching the Garretts from a distance and then being...just there.

Well, were out of time for today but thanks guys for stopping by and giving us an update.  It was great to hear from you!  And I'll keep my fingers crossed that Huntley might one day share more of Tim's story with us.

Now for the giveaway!  Enter below and the winner will receive a copy of My Life Next Door.
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  1. Thanks for the shout out, Lynn! This book could have easily made my BIR list as well, as it was definitely one of my favorites. I don't usually read much in the contemporary genre, but this book has made me want to read more. Definitely should be on everyone's TRB list.

    1. When you enjoyed it so much I knew I had to move it up to the top of my to-read list. I love the community of book lovers and how we spread the word about great books to each other.

  2. I usually don't pick up contemporary fiction, but when I do, they turn out to be my favorite.

    1. That sounds like our Kendra. The ones she likes have to be really good. Have you read this one?



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