So Much Closer

So Much Closer

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by Susane Colasanti
     
 

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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

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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...

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Publishers Weekly
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)
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Brooke is a girl with an obsession...er, mission. Convinced she and Scott Abrams (a boy she has never spoken to) are meant to be together, she follows him to New York City for their senior year of high school. Luck is on her side when she finds that she and Scott will be attending the same school and eventually they do begin dating. But when their relationship fails to move past the initial physical stage she realizes he might not be as perfect as she had originally thought. Meanwhile, her new friends find a way to convince her to live up to her Genius IQ potential, take school seriously, and think about the future, and despite her insecurities and self-doubts she opens herself up to new opportunities and discovers she has gifts, passions, and abilities she had not recognized in herself. She is not a perfect person by the end of the book but she begins to make great strides towards facing life and relationships in a much healthier way than she did at the beginning. Colasanti really captures the teen voice. Brooke's confusion, obliviousness, and all-encompassing life and death emotions and experiences are balanced with some positive resolutions. There is an abundance of phrases such as "he goes" and "she's like" scattered throughout the text giving it a very conversational tone, and while there are some realistic romance and relationship issues the book itself remains clean and harmless. A light, quick read suitable even for young tweens. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews

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 shés 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142421147
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
198,365
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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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So Much Closer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
hobbitsies More than 1 year ago
Alright. Let me just say this straight up - So Much Closer has a very, very creepy premise. Like, crazy psycho main character premise. But it's supposed to be in a light-hearted way, I guess. And Brooke certainly follows through with the crazy. I mean, this girl is a STALKER. What high school girl moves to a whole new city to follow a guy she's spoken to ONCE in two years? A STALKER, that's what kind of girl. And the weirdest thing was - nobody batted an eye. No one commented on how creepy or psycho she was! And even though I was so creeped out and annoyed with Brooke for being a stalker, I could not put So Much Closer down! I just flew through it over the course of one day. Brooke - she annoyed me, clearly. I mean, she definitely had some issues from her messed up home-life. And she was angry and bitter and freaking nutso. But she kind of grew on me? And I really, really liked the characters of John and Sadie, and their stories. I never understood the appeal of Scott or Brooke's friends from New Jersey. There was a lot of message pushing at the end - do your homework, go to college, make good decisions, etc. which grated on my nerves a bit, but I definitely glad Brooke was finally starting to figure everything out. Overall, I did enjoy So Much Closer. It was a fun and quick read. But I will tell you - if I ever met Brooke, I might have slapped some sense into her. If you're looking for a light contemporary with WTFs and giggles aplenty, be sure to check out So Much Closer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who doesnt like crappy books- buy this. This is beyond amazing, as are all books from susane.(:
magreader More than 1 year ago
This is an okay book, but its very slow and doesnt keep the reader interested. i would not after reading this book advise anyone to read it, it just wasnt very good. All there was, was fluff there was nothing about this story that made you want to keep reading. i actually read half of it and then stopped, after a while i just got board. i did finish it and it was disappointing, but i guess you cant always expect the best. I hope this review saves you your time and some money. Trust me there are way better books than this out there just keep looking. Try the author Ally Carter, Shes an amazing author and has two GREAT book series. Each keeping you reading to the very end. Trust me when i say theres hope for books, you just need to keep looking.
KK7L1 More than 1 year ago
I loves this book. I thought that it was very ebntertaining and it had a good plot. It was not my favorite book she has writen but it was really good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i literally just got done reading this book and i have to admit at first i was kinda creeped out, i mean Brooke just gets up and moves to NY bc of a guy she liked but thats not what got me, it was that they have literally talked like twice and she is saying she is in love. After i got over that and the book went on it became sweet that she moved. It made me sad and happy. It was such a fast book and it was.overall good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character gave off a stalker vibe. I mean seriously who follows a boy to new york? Overall it was a good book the central idea was good. So, you should read this book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
SO MUCH CLOSER was an entertaining and heartbreaking read that proved love can be found in the most unlikely of places. Susane Colasanti is an author I can always count on for writing a solid, realistic YA novel, and while SO MUCH CLOSER didn't make my list of favorites, this was still a novel I will recommend to fans of contemporary YA. Brooke has had a crush on Scott for a long time, but has never been able to confess her feelings to him. So when Scott moves to NYC, Brooke follows him there. Since Brooke's father already lived in NYC, it was relatively easy for her to leave New Jersey and move to the Big Apple. Starting at a new school and leaving her old life behind, Brooke doesn't know what to expect. All she cares about is Scott. Unfortunately, Brooke soon learns that Scott already has a girlfriend and she is losing touch with her old friends. But things in NYC are never as they seem, and soon Brooke is learning more about herself and the new people she has met. Brooke is about to have the experience of a lifetime. The setting was my favorite aspect of SO MUCH CLOSER. Susane Colasanti is obviously a New Yorker, and all of the scenery and places that Brooke visits were described in flawless detail. I love New York, and seeing it through Brooke's eyes was a new experience. She visited so many fantastic places and learned so much about the city from the new friends she made. Every day she spent in the city, Brooke discovered something new and exciting. At first, I wasn't sure what I thought of Brooke. She followed a boy she barely new to an entirely new place, leaving behind her friends and family, all because she felt she loved him. As the novel progressed, Brooke learned a lot about herself and those around her, and I liked seeing who she became by the end of SO MUCH CLOSER. Each of the characters introduced in the book had an important role, although some were less developed than I would have liked, but my favorite had to be John. John was such a well-done character and I only wish he had more page time. John opened Brooke's eyes to the true NYC and he was such a unique and realistic character. There were many folds to this story and I liked the different twists in the plot. Brooke was an intriguing character and her experiences truly shaped her in so many ways. I wish there was a bit more character development, and at times the story felt a little unrealistic but, all in all, I enjoyed SO MUCH CLOSER and am looking forward to reading more stories by Susane Colasanti. For anyone looking for an original, contemporary read, I do recommend checking this out. The ending was sweet and just what I had hoped for and, as I've said many times before, the setting was presented perfectly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother reading this book, it's boring and predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i LOVED when it happens, take me there, and waiting for you by susane colasanti..but this one just wasn't her best. For about the first half, i honestly couldn't put it down, but then it became very predictable and too similar to her other books. I just felt like i had read it all before. I recommend this book to anyone who has never read other books by susane colasanti, but for those of you who have, you may be disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really excited for this book to come out and I am a major Colasanti fan, but this book just fell flat. The characters were underdeveloped and way too completely 'teen movie.' Normally, Colasanti's books are deep and meaningful, but this one had no meaning at a all. The main character never truly showed her emotions and buried everything so that we did not see any of her real feelings. Her relationship with everyone was underdeveloped and lost. Really wish this book had been better.
Candie-love More than 1 year ago
I love this Book I love romance and passion in a book if you love romance books So much Closer is the book for you... I am going to make a book report about the book called “So much closer”. Right now i can tell you if you love romance books “So much closer” is a book for you I love romance book and the ending surprised me. I didn't know what would happen but i thought that the girl was going to find her love in New York City, she knew she was going to find true love but you don't believe with who... 
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Okay so when I read up what this was about, it reminded me of that show Felicity, what with the girl likes boy, boy moves away then girl follows her crush to the same school. And yes both in New York. Anyway, this is a tie between 2.5 and 3. What I liked was the stuff when she wasn't obsessing over Scott, her building friendships with Sadie and John and the descriptions of New York and such, questioning her life and future and what she's going to do about the now, etc. Oh and of course John and Sadie. What I didn't like was the stuff with Scott, I mean really? Anyway, at times the writing was good, to okay but good all the same. And moments, are you serious Brooke, really. But again it does get better, and the cover is kind of cute, though the hardcover one is also good. I kind of liked this one once it picked up halfway and near the end of the book. So I might give this author another read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have read most of this authors books and loved each one so you should ignore all the other reviews because those people are stupid and probley loney and single losers
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book for a project in honors english. I usually hate reading, but last night i could not put tis book down! I very strongly recomend this book, especially because i read it in one night!!! I love this book, and I'm sure you will too!!!
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eheinlen More than 1 year ago
Quick, fun read! I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The writing is swift and easy and the characters and story just pull you in. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is for all the teens out there who love much romance, an unexpected ending, and finding who you are (with the help of new friends and family.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of susanne collasantis books and this wasnt the greatest. It was a good book but it didnt end the way i wanted it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book amazing. I think that I liked it so much because I actually found myself like Brooke. As I was reading the book, I became frustrated with Brooke she was ruining the whole thing!! She was becoming infatucated with Scott.. she became so paranoid that she runined it all. Although I think it was one of the best books I've ever read, Susane Colasanti
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks very intresting my friend hates books but shes reread this book at least 10 times in one day no joke. Brooke looks like a stalker but its cute that shes following her crush
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Since I’m currently on a kick for contemp reads, I picked up another book I bought a while back. It certainly wasn’t what I thought it was, but gave me a good read. 1. Infatuation. This book has loads in it. I don’t think I ever read a book where a teen was so infatuated with something that she changed her whole life to get it. I think though because she changed her whole life, that it did help her snap out of it at the end. 2. Plot. The plot is good and moves at a good pace. The only thing that bothered me was getting the main character to wake up! That took a while. 3. Characters. There are some minor characters that really help bring this infatuation to light. And thank God for that. Some points I really got annoyed with  Brooke cause I just wanted her to see, that what she sees is not real! 4.  Fake Love. There is not insta-love but a fake love that gets dragged on and on. Not to mention that there is not another guy to come help and remedy this odd situation. Instead, Brooke ends up finding herself. Still, I would have enjoyed it better had she found true love. 5. Finding yourself. It takes a lot of courage to face up to something you thought was real. I mean, you invested so much time and effort in it and to finally come clean that maybe what you saw was a bit too much, it’s a big step. I’m glad that in the end, Brooke found the strength to do that. After all was said and done, she came to terms with what she did, owning up to the problem she created. Overall, So Much Closer is a good book. If you can handle the bout of infatuation and the teenager who’s head is always in the clouds, then try this book. A moving plot with good characters, So Much Closer is good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I though this book just pulls you in and holds you there. This book is ment for teens because it has some real lofe situations.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages are in this book???????