Tag: Susane Colasanti

Book Watch: All I Need by Susane Colasanti.

Posted December 7, 2012 by Rowena in Promotions | 2 Comments

The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

I’m a total fan of Susane Colasanti.  I’ve enjoyed her books over the years and I’m always looking forward to what she’s got coming out next.  This book sounds like it’ll be another cute addition to her back list and yes, I want to read it now! =)

This book comes out on May 21, 2013. Mark your calendars!

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Review: Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti.

Posted June 7, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments


Rowena’s review of Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti.

Main Character: Noelle
Love Interest: Julian
Series: None
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A romantic and empowering book about bullying.

Noelle’s life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn’t know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle’s kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she’s terrified. Surely it’s safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it’s time to stand up for herself—and for the love that keeps her holding on.

I heart Susane Colasanti’s books. They always take me to my happy place and this book was no different. I mean, this book was so full of things that hurt my heart but the way that Colasanti wrote it, made me love the characters and anxious for things to get better for them.

In this book, we meet Noelle. Noelle is a junior in high school and she gets bullied on a constant basis at school. She’s one of the poor kids at school so she gets teased about her clothes and things like that and she pissed off some kids back in the day (doing things that were out of her control, I thought) and they torment her day in and day out when she’s at school. Noelle’s not a bad kid, she’s quiet and she keeps to herself for the most part and she does have a friend. She just doesn’t have the same lunch period as her best friend Sherae and she has the same lunch period as her tormentors.

Throughout this entire book, my heart hurt for Noelle. I got so angry at the adults mentioned in the book who saw her getting bullied and never bothered to step in and help her. What the heck could kids do to them that made them keep mum about the bullying? Why wouldn’t they step up and stop the bullying? Pissed me right off.

I thought Colasanti did such a great job of showing us the growth in Noelle over the course of the book. When we first meet her, she was a shadow of the person that she was in the end and I really enjoyed seeing the transformation. I loved the people that came into her life and I loved her best friend. I loved Simon and I loved Sherae and I LOVED Julian. On the other hand, I hated Matt, I hated her Mom and I hated Warner, Audrey and Carly. This book touches on bullying in high school and even though it was a tough theme to read through at times, it was worth reading to the end.

It’s really weird to me that I don’t remember anyone in my high school that was bullied like this. I mean, I know that it happens but I’ve never witnessed it for myself. When I was in school, people were made fun of and talked about behind their backs but nobody was bullied like this. So reading these kinds of stories really puts me in these kids shoes and I’m glad that I’ve never gone through this but at the same time, my heart goes out to the kids being bullied all over the world. Nobody deserves to be treated the way that Noelle was treated and I loved that she found a support system that helped her through the tough times.

This book touches on low self esteem and bullying and hard issues that teens face everyday and I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone, really. I really enjoyed this book and this is right up there as one of my favorites by Colasanti. Everyone should definitely read this one.

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Guest Review: So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

Posted November 22, 2011 by Ames in Reviews | 5 Comments

*My apologies to Wena for being in a blogging rut for freaking EVER and not posting here these last few months. I’m going to make it up to you, sweets!*

Main Character: Brooke
Love Interest: Scott
Series: n/a
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When Brooke’s crush, Scott, moves from their suburban town to New York City, she decides to follow him there. Living with her formerly estranged dad and adapting to a new school are challenging, and things go from bad to worse when Brooke learns that Scott already has a girlfriend. But as she builds her new life, Brooke begins to discover a side of herself she never knew existed. And as she finds out, in the city that never sleeps, love can appear around any corner…

I have to be honest, I was hesitant to read this book. Why? This will have been the 3rd book in a short period of time where the heroine comes across as a bit obsessive. Is this the new trend of the moment? Because I don’t like it. Obsessed with boys, obsessed with an older sister, whatever they’re obsessed it, it makes them seem a touch psychotic and unbalanced.

Thankfully, Brooke wasn’t obsessed so much that she crossed over that psychotic line. LOL Yeah she had a crush on a boy and worked things her way so she could move to be closer to him. Kudos girl, taking control of your life. But she didn’t seem so crazy desperate that it turned me off. She kind of closed herself off from making new friends to remain true to the friends she left behind, but some people still broke through her shell. I liked that more than anything – that she made friends despite herself. It was also a bit bittersweet on the other hand when her old friends back in Jersey moved on in her absence. Boys will come and go, but your friends are what really matter. And it hurts when your friends move on.

I was also afraid that Brooke was going to be the biggest brat towards her father. Again, I was wrong. LOL I was wrong about so many things with this book! So I think the blurb does this book a bit of a disservice, because if you’re sick of seemingly psychotic heroines as much as me, there’s no way you’d want to read this.

But it’s about more than a girl going after a boy she likes, it’s about making new friends and finding beauty in places you’d never think to look. For that, I’m giving So Much Closer a solid B.

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Review: So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti.

Posted June 2, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments


Main Character: Brooke
Love Interest: John (highlight if you really want to know)
Series: None
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When Brooke’s crush, Scott, moves from their suburban town to New York City, she decides to follow him there. Living with her formerly estranged dad and adapting to a new school are challenging, and things go from bad to worse when Brooke learns that Scott already has a girlfriend. But as she builds her new life, Brooke begins to discover a side of herself she never knew existed. And as she finds out, in the city that never sleeps, love can appear around any corner…

I wanted to read this book because it reminded me so much of the old show, Felicity. You see, Felicity does the exact same thing that Brooke in this book does. She moves to a different city to follow a boy that she thinks she’s meant to be with. She just completely picks up her life and moves it for a person they didn’t know all that well but had a fierce crush on.

In this book, Brooke moves to New York City to be closer to Scott. She has a huge crush on Scott and when she finds out that he’s moving to New York…she makes that move. She moves in with her Dad and she tries to get into Scott’s inner circle, thinking it’ll be easy since they’re both new to the city but when she runs into Scott and finds out that he already has a girlfriend, she’s bummed…but not discouraged.

To say that Brooke has balls of steel is putting it lightly. This girl has monster balls. She moves to New York with the sole purpose of making Scott realize that they were meant to be together. We’re talking about a guy who didn’t know she existed until right before he moved away from Jersey. Scott having a girlfriend doesn’t really phase Brooke because she keeps on keepin’ on and with the help of some new friends, Brooke makes a life for herself in the big city.

Watching Brooke grow into her own and seeing her grow apart from her friends back home and closer to the friends of her new home, made for an entertaining read (I say this a lot in my reviews but I don’t know how else to word it). Brooke doesn’t get it right in the beginning but seeing her make mistake after mistake and then finally getting it right was fun to read. Her friendships with John and with Sadie were fun to read about but there were quite a few things that I wish I had gotten more from.

One of those things was Brooke’s relationship with her parents. Her Mother was introduced as this bittered woman who was scorned by Brooke’s father and a few descriptions of what happens next comes along but it would have been nice if more was built on to that whole thing. The same goes with Brooke’s father. There’s a troubled relationship there but not much is explained or dealt with aside from that. It just would have been nice if we got more from those two then we did, I probably would have enjoyed this book even more.

Another thing that kind of fell flat for me was her friendships with her friends from back home. They drift apart and then that’s it. Not much else came from that and it would have been nice if something more was built on and then dealt with on that score.

My favorite part of this book were the additions of both Sadie and John. I adored their characters and the friendships that bloomed with Brooke. The way that John saw New York, the way that he felt about New York made me want to go there and see what he’s talking about and seeing Sadie come out of her shell and go after her guy was too cute for words.

Overall the story was good but I couldn’t help feeling that it could have been so much better. I’m glad that I read this book and I will definitely be reading more from Colasanti, it’s just this book isn’t my favorite of the Colasanti books I’ve read.

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Book Watch: So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti.

Posted October 15, 2010 by Rowena in Promotions | 3 Comments

Scott Abrams is the love of Brooke’s life. He just doesn’t know it yet. So when his family moves to New York City the summer before senior year, Brooke has no choice but to follow Scott. It’s her last chance to prove to him that they’re meant to be together.

What will Brooke do when her biggest dream finally comes true, but instead she wants something more?

I just finished reading Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti and I really enjoyed it so I’m all excited about this book. The blurb for this book reminds me of that old TV show, Felicity and how Felicity follows Ben to New York. I loved that show and I have every faith that I’ll enjoy this book as well. Oh man, I can’t wait! This book comes out on May 3, 2011 (according to Good Reads) and I’ve got ants in my pants! So mark your calendars readers, you won’t want to miss out on this gem!

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