Wednesday, May 18, 2011

So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

Young Adult: 256 Pages
Published: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Viking
Series: None
Source: Review copy from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the author: Website | Blog

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 was really looking forward to reading So Much Closer because I have heard great things about this author. However, this book didn't live up to my expectations.

I thought there would be more development with the story about the crush and the move to New York, but there wasn't at all. I couldn't believe that Brooke just up and left her best friends, and her school to follow a crush who barely knows who she was. I found Brooke irritating at times and a little immature. I've read books before where I wouldn't like the main character and have enjoyed them. But I didn't have one connection with any character at all. It was hard to identify, empathize and relate to any of the characters without even the smallest connection.

The overall storyline was alright, but there were a lot of gaps. For example, the subplot between Brooke and her father. I wish there was more development on that. This story had a lot of potential but unfortunately fell flat for me with the dull characters. However I did love the New York setting and the book's simple cover. Although this was my first book by Susane Colasanti, it won't be my last. I look forward to reading more of her work.
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  1. Thats too bad that this book didn't live up to your expectations! I also have a difficult time when it seems as though there are huge gaps in the story line or when characters/relationships aren't fully developed (that is what I read for afterall).

  2. Awww, that's too bad you didn't enjoy this novel as much as you had hoped. As soon as I read the plot description, I was already rather skeptical how a girl could follow a boy to another city, one whom she barely knew at all. I've heard some similar opinions as yours so I'm really rushing to read this novel... Thanks for the review!


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