Book Review: My Life Next Door


My Life Next Door      

By: Huntley Fitzpatrick

Reviewed by: Kate P. ‘19   

Summary: Samantha Reed is 17, and her summer has just begun. With her (some what) rebellious sister away for the summer, Samantha is stuck at home working two jobs. Her mother, Grace, is one of the state senators, and running for re-election. In a household where every rug is vacuumed (even if it doesn’t have dust), and even dinner has a schedule, Samantha is expecting an uneventful summer.

Then Clay Tucker, Grace’s campaign manager … and her boyfriend (??) is suddenly always around. And Samantha isn’t his biggest fan. In addition, Samantha meets her neighbor, Jace Garrett, and his family. They are everything Grace hates: unorganized, loud, and much, much too big. But Samantha likes Jace, and Jace likes Samantha, so … awkward. Samantha’s challenge: get through a crazy (and schedule packed) summer, while keeping relationships with her friends and family intact. That is not easy.

My Opinion: My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick, is one of my favorite books. Although it falls in the romance genre, Fitzpatrick encompasses other themes, such as love and friendship, and learning to discover your own values. I think the end drags on a bit, but most of the book is fast paced, and I found it very hard to put down. I recommend My Life Next Door to upper schoolers, because there is some adult content that may make middle schoolers uncomfortable. It is a young adult book that is funny and exciting, while also having overarching themes that can be found in real life.

Other Books By Huntley Fitzpatrick: If you like My Life Next Door, you may like these books by Huntley Fitzpatrick as well:


  • The Boy Most Likely To
  • What I Thought Was True


Fun Book Fact: the 3 most read books in the world are:

  1. The Holy Bible
  2. Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung bMao Zedong
  3. Harry Potter (YES!) by J.K. Rowling



Top 10 Books with the most checkouts!


“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”

-Neil Gaiman-

Dana Hall students are very lucky to read whatever they want, meet many different characters, and go on adventures. What are the most popular books among the Dana Hall students? Let’s see the Top 10 books that have the highest circulation.

1. The Hunger Games 

The Hunger Games is a trilogy of young adult dystopian novels written by American novelist Suzanne Collins. In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

2. The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars is the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

3. Mockingjay

Mockingjay is the third book in Suzanne Collins’s phenomenal and worldwide bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.”

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

4. Catching Fire 

Catching Fire is a 2009 science fiction young adult novel by the American novelist Suzanne Collins, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

5. Looking for Alaska 

Looking for Alaska is John Green’s first novel, published in March 2005 by Dutton Juvenile. Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash

6. Drama 

Drama is a graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier. Callie, the main character, rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

7. Eleanor & Park 

Eleanor & Park is the first young adult novel written by Rainbow Rowell, published in 2013.

“Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try”–Provided by publisher.

8. Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus is a novel written by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Purple Hibiscus is set in postcolonial Nigeria, a country beset by political instability and economic difficulties. The story is told through Kambili’s eyes and is essentially about the disintegration of her family unit and her struggle to grow to maturity.

9. Divergent 

Divergent is the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2011. In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

10. Gone Girl 

Gone Girl is a thriller novel by the writer Gillian Flynn. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears.

by JiWoo, Class of 2018, Library Page Extraordinaire

Dana Hall students’ top 12 summer reading books


“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 

 – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice- 

Summer break is the great opportunity for you to throw yourself into the sofa and start your reading journey, eating chocolate chip cookies and brownies. What was your favorite summer reading book? 

1.The Handmaid’s Tale

 2. Story of a Girl 

 3. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

 4. Every Day 

5. Autobiography of Malcolm X 

 6. Dumplin’

7. We Should All Be Feminists 

8. All the Light We Cannot See 


9. 1984 

10. Girl, Interrupted 

11. Yes, Please 

12. Murder on the Orient Express