So Much Closer
Publisher: Vikings Children Books
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Source: ARC for Review
Rating 3.5 stars
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…
So Much Closer was a great read, but it didn’t live up to the love that I have had for all of Susane Colasanti’s other books. I really enjoyed the plot and characters, but I just wasn’t as captivated with it as I have been with her other books. It was still a lot of fun to read, and page turner that I read in only 2 sittings.
The biggest issue I had with So Much Closer was the fact that the main character moves cities to be with a guy who has never talked to her much. It just didn’t seem realistic at all to me. I could never picture anyone I know doing that. That aside, I really enjoyed the plot otherwise. It was very cute. I loved how so much of the book felt almost like a behind the scenes tour to New York City.
I really enjoyed the characters as well. I think the characters were the strongest part of the book, and this is something I have seen in all of Colasanti’s books thus far. It’s part of what makes me love her books so much. I am a big character girl, so if I don’t like the characters, the book probably won’t be my thing.
Sadie and John were my favorite characters of the book. They were both absolutely lovely, and I loved Sadie with her “warm fuzzies”. I would have liked to see April and Candace a bit more developed. I felt like I really got to know all the characters pretty well, except for those two. I know they played a more minor role in the book, but they just seemed so important yet. I really admired Brooke’s strength and confidence. The way she views herself was something I thought was a really admirable quality, and I wish I had a tenth of the confidence she has in herself.
I love the cover of So Much Closer. Susane Colasanti’s books always have the funnest covers, with fun scenes between characters. I absolutely love them. While this wasn’t my favorite Susane Colasanti book, it is still a very worthy read. Susane Colasanti simply has a way with words, and I find myself counting down the days until her next release.