So Much Closer

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Another contemporary thought-provoking romance from Susane Colasanti!

When Brooke discovers that the love of her life, Scott Abrams, is moving from their New Jersey suburb to New York City for senior year, she decides to follow hime there. Living with her estranged father and adjusting to a whole new school are challenging—and things get even worse when she finds out that Scott already has a girlfriend. But as she learns to navigate the big city, she starts to discover a whole ...

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Overview

Another contemporary thought-provoking romance from Susane Colasanti!

When Brooke discovers that the love of her life, Scott Abrams, is moving from their New Jersey suburb to New York City for senior year, she decides to follow hime there. Living with her estranged father and adjusting to a whole new school are challenging—and things get even worse when she finds out that Scott already has a girlfriend. But as she learns to navigate the big city, she starts to discover a whole new side of herself, and realizes that sometimes love can find you even when you're not looking for it.

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Scott seemed like the love of Brooke's life, so it was only natural that when he moved to New York City, she would soon follow. Of course, moving to the Big Apple and a new school from a small town and reuniting with her formerly estranged father were difficult; it only became truly complicated when her crush settled in with a new girlfriend. Fortunately, the City That Never Sleeps swarms with new possibilities. Susane Colasanti's novel of transitions possesses an inviting vibrancy that reminds readers not to close doors to themselves.

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670012244
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 789,180
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: HL560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susane Colasanti

Susane Colasanti is the author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, and Something Like Fate. Before becoming a full-time author, she was a high school science teacher for almost ten years. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    Hobbitsies Reviews: Quick, fun book with a psycho stalker main character

    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.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    Not Good

    Don't bother reading this book, it's boring and predictable.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Dont waste your money....

    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.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Great Book

    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!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Amazed(:

    Anyone who doesnt like crappy books- buy this. This is beyond amazing, as are all books from susane.(:<3

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    WWWHHHAAATTT?????

    The main character is a stalker. Who follows a boy that has no clue if he likes her by moving in witjh her unknown dad? Dont get it!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    So much closer

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Stalker girl

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    I am a fan of Susane's work

    But this book makes me feel awkward and i cant relate to it at all, like i can in her other books. The main character is by far the creepest person ever, if you think like her get checked out or something for being a psycopath. Really am not impressed at all. Her other work is way better

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Weird

    She sounds kinda creepy and annoying = {

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Reviewed by Kelsey Jones for TeensReadToo

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Cliche

    This book was full of cliches, very predictable and unrealistic. I read this for my creative writing class, and hoped it be good since I was a fan of Colansanti's older work. Sadly this was just a dud that had me annoyed and rolling my eyes throughout the read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Not Colasanti's Best

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2011

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    Not Colasanti's Best...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    D

    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

    Posted November 27, 2013

    FAVORITE BOOK EVER

    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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  • Posted August 1, 2013

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    Quick, fun read! I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Great!!!

    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.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Not her best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Awesome, 1 day read!!

    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

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