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Publisher's Summary

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not: loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, 17-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?

©2012 Huntley Fitzpatrick (P)2013 Tantor

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A well written coming of age book

This is my kind of story. This is what I love in books. A coming of age story featuring young adults finding their own voice and place, and good clean love!

I listened to this book literally all day until I finished. It was contemporary YA that felt like a historical romance because of the wholesome feel to the book. I am finding a lot of NA/YA authors are overloading their books with gratuitous sex and drinking, and it was so refreshing to read a book not focusing on any of that. There was love but it was that first kiss, first touch kind of love. That passion of first love which feels like a flower blooming in spring.

When I ask for recommendations, these are the types of books I am looking for. The types of books that leave me smiling and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. I am definitely going to get the next book because while this one didn't end of a cliff hanger, there is clearly more story to be told.

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Really slow book

This was the slowest paced book I think I've ever listened to. I was struggling until about chapter 30 when things finally picked up and it got interesting. The dialogue was narrated well, but the rest of the text was read off like a robot. It sounded like my Alexa was reading to me through most of it. It was a good story, but not my cup of tea.

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bad narration

could not stand the narrator's voice it took everything in me to finish listening to this book, story was good wish I had read it instead of listened to it

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Perfect.

Such a great story for any age. Loved these characters. Didn't want the book to end. Loved George and all the chaos next door.

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What a great book! Samantha and Jase were absolutely adorable, good, hardworking, very mature 17 year olds. The Garrett brood were so cute and hilarious particularly little George. This story will teach you the importance of family, friendship, love, and doing the right thing. Being truthful even if it means to lose what you love and that some people are willing to stick by you no matter what. I would have given this 5 stars but I felt the end was somewhat abrupt. I hope there is a sequel to see how things turn out for Samantha and Jase, the Senator, the Garrett's and all the rest of the clan.

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Loved it!!

I absolutely loved this book! My only critique was it ended! I would love to read more about Jase and Sam, and the whole Garrett family. There are so many stories left to be told with this family.

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Just beautiful

What a beautiful and timeless love story! Well built characters with lots of depth. So many lessons learned and there was an unexpected twist at the end. I would highly recommend this when you just need to fall in love in a book!!

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What

I can barely stomach to listen to this book. It sounds like the narrator sounds like she’s either whispering or in pain. Or both. Listening is painful.

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Zoo wee mama

This shit right here is so good I remember reading it in high school and it’s the same feeling I still get I like how the main character is privileged but she’s not always like woe is me my life is such shit. It’s dramatic and cheesy in a good way 11/10

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really good for the most part

I very much enjoyed this book although the beginning took me a bit because Samantha's family was so frustrating...actually most of the side characters were for the first part of the book. When the story got going, however, I became more interested and overall it was great. a solid 4 for me. I'm glad I listened and it was worthwhile (but not enough that I'd listen again) and I plan to find more books by the author.