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So much closer, Susane Colasanti

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So much closer
Title
So much closer
Statement of responsibility
Susane Colasanti
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Seventeen-year-old Brooke has a crush on Scott so big that when he heads for New York City, she moves into her estranged father's Greenwich Village apartment, but soon she begins to focus on knowing herself and finding her future path
Storyline
Tone
Review
  • Grades 9-12 Colasanti was a high-school science teacher for 10 years before embarking on such popular novels as When It Happens (2006),Waiting for You (2009), and Something like Fate (2010). Perhaps this accounts for the ease with which she captures teen language and behavior. Her latest is a bouncy, captivating example of the teenage romantic comedy. The fact that there’s a troubling backstory (heroine Brooke is a still-traumatized survivor of parental divorce) adds to the credibility of Brooke’s emotions and gives extra zest to her first-person narrative. The novel follows Brooke as she moves from South Jersey to a challenging high school in Brooklyn to be near her crush—who tells her, in their only conversation before school ends, that he is moving to Manhattan. Brooke’s hobby of origami is an enchanting metaphor throughout for her working with what’s at hand and coming up with something original. Colasanti fans, as well as those of Sarah Dessen and Lauren Barnholdt, will love this. A fun exploration of a city and a teen’s dreams. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 07-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 21, p56)
  • Gr 8 – 10 — Brooke, 17, is dissatisfied. Her relationship with her mother is strained, she is smart but feels no motivation to succeed in school, and she pines for a boy with whom she has never even spoken. When she discovers that Scott is moving to New York City, to the same neighborhood as her estranged father, Brooke decides that a change in her own life is also necessary. What follows is the bittersweet tale of her transformation from a suburban Jersey girl whose life is defined by her infatuation into a New Yorker who has new friends, plans for her future, and a better relationship with both of her parents. While not everything works out exactly as she had hoped, and not everything is fully resolved by the close of the book, Brooke's story ends happily and with love. Parallels to Sarah Dessen are inevitable, but the narrative voice Colasanti has created is thoughtful and likable in its own way. The protagonist is enviably pretty, intelligent, brave, and, because of her workaholic father, has the freedom and money to run around New York City. But she is also self-deprecating and flawed. Colasanti has once again formulated a teen romance that feels realistic, which will make this novel a hit with readers.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA --Jennifer Miskec (Reviewed August 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 8, p98)
  • Brooke doesn't really know Scott Abrams, but she knows that they are "supposed to be together." When she finds out he is moving to New York City, she follows him there, moving in with her estranged father and finishing out high school in the city. Readers may be swept up in this romantic, farfetched premise (hey, it worked in Felicity), but Brooke herself feels like a cipher; she is described as "angry" and an underachieving genius, but the reasons for her poor performance are unclear, and her narration doesn't exactly betray genius-level insights. But even if Brooke is somewhat underdeveloped, she is easy to root for as she begins to realize, "No one can be everything you want them to be.... It's up to me to create the life I want." Mostly, readers will fall in love with Brooke's New York City and appreciate Colasanti's (Something Like Fate) up-to-the-minute details (the High Line park, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck) and descriptions, such as "how crowded the streets are at two in the morning," as Brooke falls asleep to the sounds of her new city. Ages 12–up. (May) --Staff (Reviewed April 18, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 16, p)
  • In a voice that is alternately clichéd, naive and spot-on, high-school junior Brooke narrates a novel that explores familiar territory about teenage angst. For two years, Brooke has been less concerned about her future than she is about Scott, the boy she ́s secretly lusted after. Acting on her certainty that they are meant to be together, Brooke attempts to reveal her feelings to Scott. Before she can, Scott announces his family is moving to New York City. Brooke does her research and coincidentally finds that her father, with whom she is not spoken in six years, lives around the corner from Scott's new home and that if she moves, they will attend the same school during their senior year. Once they finally begin dating, though, Brooke realizes Scott enjoys the physical part of their relationship much more than discovering who she is. Colasanti's Manhattan is a teenager's paradise, with late-night rendezvous at sandwich shops, rooftop hideaways and low parental involvement. The contrast between Brooke's dull New Jersey town and life in the big city will resonate with teens craving a change. Although predictable in its outcome and characterization, this quick read will satisfy those looking for a light beach book. The escapist setting at least partially makes up for flat characters and a rather ludicrous plot. (Fiction. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10005026
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Colasanti, Susane
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.C6699
LC item number
Snt 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 10
NLM call number
Colasanti, S.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Self-actualization (Psychology)
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.)
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Divorce
  • College choice
  • Moving, Household
  • Self-actualization (Psychology)
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.)
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Divorce
  • College choice
  • Moving, Household
  • College choice
  • Divorce
  • High schools
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Moving, Household
  • Schools
  • Self-actualization (Psychology)
  • New York (State)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
So much closer, Susane Colasanti
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn642844094
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780670012244
Lccn
2010031962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)642844094
Label
So much closer, Susane Colasanti
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn642844094
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780670012244
Lccn
2010031962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)642844094

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