All I Need

All I Need

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by Susane Colasanti
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers looking for light romance will enjoy Colasanti’s (Keep Holding On) depiction of a long-distance relationship that beats the odds, even before it’s officially a relationship. After meeting on the beach, Skye, a privileged high-school student, and Seth, a recent graduate whose father owns a failing roller rink, fall head-over-heels in love, but they part unexpectedly before exchanging contact information. A torturous year of separation ends with a reunion on the same beach, and it appears that distance has made the couple’s hearts grow fonder. They immediately make plans to visit each other on weekends while Seth attends college in Philadelphia. What follows is a fairly predictable account of tested passion as Skye and Seth overcome hurdles to stay together. Although the two characters are well-defined, what they have in common is as vague as their understanding of each other. Seth never unloads the emotional baggage he carries about his parents’ separation and his fears about his own future, while Skye remains preoccupied with concerns about her friends throughout most of the novel. Ages 12–up. (May)
From the Publisher
Praise for ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti:

 “Captures the rush of teen love and lust . . . Colasanti’s attention to detail is what makes her readers return.”—The Boston Herald

"...sure to leave enthusiasts sighing and reaffirmed about the power of true love." —Kirkus Reviews

"Readers looking for light romance will enjoy Colasanti’s (Keep Holding On) depiction of a long-distance relationship that beats the odds..."  —Publishers Weekly

"There's a sweet earnestness to All I Need, which is neither for the cynical nor those who can't remember the exquisite pull of first love. Susane Colasanti does a good job of getting inside the head of a girl about to start her senior year of high school and a boy about to go to college." - The Star-Ledger

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Skye is hopeful that this will be the summer she finally meets the boy of her dreams at the beach-but when she does, he leaves before they have a chance to exchange contact information. It's the following summer before they reconnect, and, once they do, they know they are meant to be. It's not an easy relationship, with Seth working his way through college and Skye finishing high school, but true love will find a way. Skye and Seth tell their story in alternating chapters, introducing friends and families who remain in the background instead of becoming full characters. Drama with Skye's friends and Seth's ex-girlfriend pads out the story and contributes to the only real tension in the book. The time line moves quickly, covering nearly three years and giving readers more of an overview of the relationship than a real sense of depth. This title will excite established Colasanti fans, but it is unlikely to win over new readers.—Brandy Danner, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA
Kirkus Reviews
An unlikely young couple finds true love during summer break--but can it withstand their different lives? Skye spends her summers vacationing on the Jersey Shore in her family's large beach house, positive that nothing interesting will ever happen. Unexpectedly, she meets Seth at a party on the last night of the summer, and the chemistry is immediate and intense. A plan to exchange contact information goes awry, and they part not knowing how to find each other. Fate reunites the couple the next summer, and they decide to make their relationship work. Well-to-do Skye and Seth, a boy of lesser means, must find common ground despite their very different lives: Seth worries endlessly about money and paying for his Ivy League education, while Skye is still working through high school dramas. As Seth and Skye feel their way through the trials and tribulations of young love, the world marches on around them, and the two of them shakily navigate how to find their place together in it. Romantic and swooning plotlines filled with chance encounters soon dissipate into the real-life logistics of making a relationship work. Readers shouldn't fret: The romance ramps back up to a swelling crescendo, sure to leave enthusiasts sighing and reaffirmed about the power of true love. Grab your blankets and sunscreen now: This is an ideal summer beach book. (Romance. 13 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670014231
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
760,154
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti:

 “Captures the rush of teen love and lust . . . Colasanti’s attention to detail is what makes her readers return.”—The Boston Herald

"...sure to leave enthusiasts sighing and reaffirmed about the power of true love." —Kirkus Reviews

"Readers looking for light romance will enjoy Colasanti’s (Keep Holding On) depiction of a long-distance relationship that beats the odds..."  —Publishers Weekly

"There's a sweet earnestness to All I Need, which is neither for the cynical nor those who can't remember the exquisite pull of first love. Susane Colasanti does a good job of getting inside the head of a girl about to start her senior year of high school and a boy about to go to college." - The Star-Ledger

Meet the Author

Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, Now and Forever, and the City Love trilogy. Susane has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City. You can connect with Susane at susanecolasanti.com.

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All I Need 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
ssal3699 More than 1 year ago
I was excited to start this one because the cover looked so adorable and the synopsis sounded cute, I did like it but it didn't live up to my exceptions. Told in alternating POV's between Skye and Seth.  Skye and Seth meet one summer at a beach party and instantly fall head over heels in love. They part ways after spending just two days together and can't seem to get each other out of their heads for the next few years.  When they bump into each other things resume as if they didn't go anywhere.  The characters were a little bit flat. Skye was whiny and annoying. It was boring in some parts, maybe not boring but slow, it came to a standstill in the middle of the book. Along with the break, a three year time break, that made things a little confusing. This was the second Susane Colasanti book I have read, the first being Keep Holding On, and while they were very different stories, I could definitely tell they were from the same author.  I think All I Need is a quick, fun, sweet summer read. Perfect beach read that's for sure!  Thank Penguin and NetGalley for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review. 
book4children More than 1 year ago
This book falls right in the middle of what I like and what I don't. On the one hand, it is super sweet and focuses on real love and developing lasting relationships. In the other hand, there is a lot of sex talk and high school drama. I like the way the relationship between the characters develops. They know they have something real and they take things pretty slow. They give themselves time to get to know each other before getting too serious. Both characters are likable, which is a must with a romance heavy story. Although I prefer sex free books, I appreciate the way the author focuses on true love. It is not some lusty novel that will make you blush. The sex is non-descriptive and they wait until after she is an adult. I also like how at that point, it is more of an expression of their love for each other rather than a need to fill their own desires. I feel like there is so much pressure on teens to get involved intimately with their boyfriend or girlfriend and it is refreshing to see a book that focuses on developing a good relationship before getting so serious. There is quite a bit of sex talk from Skye and her friends, but again, the author used it to explain that intimacy complicates things, rather than fixes them. The writing was simple, and you could easily read the book in one sitting. This book is sugary sweet and super fluffy. It is full of declarations of undying love. It's a cute story that would be great for an afternoon at the beach. Content: Non-descriptive sex, innuendo Cover: This cover is super cute and it reflects the book well. It's what initially drew me to the book and it almost makes me want to read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Colasanti since "Take Me There" and her older books first came out. However, lately I have been very disappointed in her writing. Her older books had distinctly unique characters that I very much related to, but now her characters are one dimensional and unrealistic. The events that happen in this book are predictable at best and very boring at the worst. I was very disappointed in this book and unhappy that I wasted the money. Try a Sarah Dessen book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susane Colasanti is my favorite author, her stories have always been the ones I looked forward to. I've been reading her books since when I was in about 7th grade to now. This book was kind of a let down.. I couldn't really connect with the characters and Susane Colasanti seemed to be.. well, lacking.. Hopefully her next book will be the Susane Colasanti I remember.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchase this book for my daughter, Susane is her favorite author. PROBLEM!!! my daughter read it in two days, she needs to write a little faster. GREAT READ Nancy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT! I really liked this book! once I started reading I could not stop. This book is such a good summer read! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought at first this book would suck, but it actually was very good being told from both points of view. I recommend this highly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good! Love it so far!!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Skye has great parents, good friends, and even a summer friend near her family's summer house on the Jersey Shore. Still, Skye knows something is missing. She's still waiting to find the right guy--the one that will make her feel complete and be the icing on the proverbial cake. That's all Skye needs for her life to really be perfect. Every summer Skye and her friend Adrienne joke that the summer will be different; something exciting will finally happen. Usually that isn't the case. Then Skye sees him at the party and she knows, at last, that something big really is going to happen. Seth didn't want to join his friend at the beach party. His family doesn't rent a house on the shore--his dad owns a roller rink there. Totally not the same. But then Seth sees her and he knows he was wrong and coming to the party was the exactly right thing to do. After one magical night Skye and Seth know they're meant to be. But before they get to a happy future they'll have to deal with a present filled with missed connections, worried parents, troublesome friends, and the difficult realities of college (and long distances) in All I Need (2013) by Susane Colasanti. All I Need is Colasanti's sixth novel. Like her other books it is a standalone (though attentive readers might spot a cameo or two). All I Need is written in the first person with dual narrations by Skye and Seth. Between the two narrators, Colasanti offers a nuanced story about the starts and stops of Skye and Seth's fledgling relationship. Although the novel spans a wide space of time, this story is very grounded in the distinctive sense of possibility that summer brings. Colasanti expertly opens up both Skye and Seth's futures as together (and apart) they realize the world has a lot to offer. With a frothy blend of romance and fate Colasanti plays with the ideas of serendipity and inevitability as Seth and Skye work to find each other after their first fateful meeting. The two narratives cleverly overlap and intertwine throughout All I Need to create a delightfully romantic and thoughtful story. Possible Pairings: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, The Statistical Probability of True Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nice easy read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just far too unrealistic for my liking. I thought I'd like it because of the reviews, but I really didn't. It's too perfect as far as the story goes, not exactly in a good way, and the events are very predictable. The main conflict of the story is resolved veeery quickly, which is a huge downer for me. I feel as if Kara and Jocelyn's fighting was more interesting than the main problem at hand. No, I wouldn't recommend it if you read to be inspired for writing yourself, however I would recommend it if you're looking for some immediate romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is such an ass
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i love this book.the story is full of love and passion like no other book ive read. I loved it! 5 stars to this one <3
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best romance book ever
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesatent buying this book at first reading the reviews. I wasnt sure it would live up to my expectation that i have for susanne's books but it was AMAZING? i love love loved it and the storyline and ending were beyond perfect. You never know when love is just around the corner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best auther ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My most favorite book by her by far bought it tuesday finished it last night i couldnt take my eyes off it it left me at the edge of.my seat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It kept you intrigued the entire time! I definitley reccomend it.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
All I Need was a story that I liked, not loved. It was kind of a double ended sword situation, because I loved that the romance and lives of these characters stuck to how it is in the real world, but at the same time when you read about real world romance it's not a fantasy relationship. There are bumps in the road which made the book a bit of a downer. I did love that it was in both Seth and Skye's point of view, because it made the story richer, and I love that we learned about other things going on in their lives, like friends and parents, besides the romance, because again it made it all more believable as if you were just reading someones real life story. I recommend this book for contemporary readers, and definitely to those who like a dose of reality every now and then.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but shorter than iexpected
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susane colisanti has let me down with this book. The cussing and inappropriate actions disapointed me. I want my 11$ back!