The Compulsive Reader: So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

Thursday, March 17, 2011

So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

Brooke has had a crush on Scott Abrams forever, but he barely knows she exists. When she finally gets up the courage to tell him how she feels, she's shocked to discover that his family is moving from their New Jersey suburb to New York City. Brooke is devastated--until she comes up with the perfect solution. She'll move in with her dad, who lives in the city, for senior year and track Scott down. And her plan works perfectly—she's practically Scott's neighbor in New York—until she discovers that Scott has wasted no time in getting himself a girlfriend in their new neighborhood. But luckily for Brooke, the city is packed with opportunities and she's not about to give up on having the year of her life.

So Much Closer is a fun, romantic, and endearing novel with a terrific setting. Colasanti describes New York vividly, with an eye for the unexpected details that really make the Brooke's neighborhood come to life with energy, and invites the reader right in. Brooke is a very dynamic narrator, and her narrative is very fun, relatable, and authentic. She's naturally smart and talented, but she's never been pushed to do well or pursue academic goals, which is frustrating to those around her. She's full of contempt for the school systems she has been through, but when she gets to the city, becomes friends with John (a cute guy who is driven but struggles academically), is pushed by good teachers, and inspired by her environment, she begins to grow and realize her foolishness in wasting her talents. This is a great coming-of-age story as Brooke not only finds Scott and figures out what it's like to get what you want and discover that maybe it’s not all that you has hoped, but as she also deals with her parents' divorce and her feelings about it and finds her passion in life. So Much Closer is an unexpected, funny, and real novel that is charged with energy and life. Once again, Colasanti doesn't disappoint.

Cover Comments: I like the continuation of the the "couples" theme in all of Colasanti's covers, and I love how this couple appears to be at the High Line, a significant place in the book. What I don't like are the postures of the girl and her very eighties-looking pink and purple shirt and cardigan. It just makes the cover look a little dated!

This one will be on on May 3rd, 2011!


Brahmin in Boston said...

Ah! I love stories like these!

"Queen of Babble" by Meg Cabot was the one that sprang to my mind when I read your review. :D

Can't wait to get my hands on these!

Muhammad Hafifi said...

Come here from Malaysia


Shop Towel said...

Another great article. I like that you are very honest and direct to the point.