Take Me There

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Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and wants him back. Nicole's ex is still pining for her, but she can't help having a new crush. And then there is James, hopelessly in love with Rhiannon, who can't see that their friendship can be so much more. Just when things couldn't get more complicated, the school's resident mean girl decides she is intent on ruining everyone's life. James, Nicole, and Rhiannon are not going to let this slide, but will their desire to take down the mean girl bring ...

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Overview

Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and wants him back. Nicole's ex is still pining for her, but she can't help having a new crush. And then there is James, hopelessly in love with Rhiannon, who can't see that their friendship can be so much more. Just when things couldn't get more complicated, the school's resident mean girl decides she is intent on ruining everyone's life. James, Nicole, and Rhiannon are not going to let this slide, but will their desire to take down the mean girl bring these three friends exactly what they want?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cheryl French
Rhiannon has just been dumped by her boyfriend and desperately wants him back. Nicole is struggling with her past, crushing on her math teacher, and trying to remember why she broke up with her boyfriend, Danny. James and Rhiannon are only good friends-or are they? At first glance, this book looks like any other teen relationship novel, but the story goes beyond and the characters slightly past the surface into a week full of both routine and transformation in the lives of three teenagers, their families, and friends. This story of romance and friendship, new love and old wounds is told in three distinct voices, gracefully woven together. Colasanti ably captures the teenage voice through language that is real and not forced. Her easy writing style will speak to teen readers. This book is a quick read but not empty fluff. Although predictable, the different threads are nonetheless satisfying, with a mix of self-discovery, self-deprecation, humor, and teenage angst. Teens will relate to the circumstances and connect with the realistic, sympathetic characters. Parents and teachers mostly remain in the shadows, but their presence-or absence-is felt in the lives of the characters. Likewise other secondary characters and story lines are less developed, but they still add to the overall picture. Some name dropping and popular culture references may limit the shelf life, but readers who enjoyed Colasanti's When It Happens (Viking, 2006/VOYA June 2006) will not be disappointed. Reviewer: Cheryl French
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Gr 8 Up

This tale has likable and realistic teen characters. It takes place over an event-filled week, with Rhiannon, Nicole, and James telling the same story from their individual perspectives. Rhiannon is devastated by her recent breakup with Steve. Nicole has broken up with Danny for no apparent reason, and he is determined to win her back. James, who has always been Rhiannon's best friend, is finding his feelings for her undergoing a dramatic change. Many humorous events occur, including Rhiannon's surefire plan to get Steve back that backfires. Readers will be intrigued by how the same incidents can be seen in so many different lights. They may also gain perspective on how one action can have very different consequences for people. The story also addresses several difficult and all-too-common problems that many teens face. Nicole realizes that Sheila is being physically abused by her boyfriend and is able to get her some professional help. Nicole has her own dark secret-her father is sexually abusing her. It's through her interactions with her friends that she is finally able to acknowledge the abuse and start to get on with her life. Teens who are dealing with their own problems will benefit from the hopeful resolution of this story. While this book's main appeal will be with girls, guys will enjoy hearing the male perspective.-Sheilah Kosco, Bastrop Public Library, TX

Kirkus Reviews
The voices of three friends at a Manhattan magnet school give different viewpoints about a May week in this enjoyable, if predictable, novel. Rhiannon, organized and controlling, tries to win back the boyfriend who abruptly ended their romance. Her best friend James, who unconvincingly denies his unrequited love of Rhiannon, finally admits it to himself and risks letting her know. On the surface, Nicole's biggest problem is that she broke up with her boyfriend, but readers will quickly realize she has been the victim of incest. In a related subplot, a minor character, Sheila, is being physically abused by her boyfriend. Each narrator gives a different take on some of the same scenes, not all of which merit retellings, so the plot drags occasionally. Colasanti deals plausibly with everyday problems of romance and school, and her slang-heavy narratives create sympathetic characters. But the incest and abuse elements feel contrived, with seemingly quick fixes near the end that don't do justice to the difficulties faced in real life. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142414354
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/14/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 161,086
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.42 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

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

    Posted February 8, 2009

    Not good

    I read the reviews and thought it would be good. I think I should get my money back for this book. It is on my list of worst top 5 books I've ever read, and i read A LOT. Rhiannon really killed the entire book for me. I know many girls go through what she went through but it didn't seem believable to me. It seemed really forced and there really wasn't anything exciting or captivating in this book. Nicole's story was ok and Jame's was somewhat good (since many people are blinded by friendship and love so I could actually somewhat believe it); but other than that...don't waste your money.

    13 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Take Me There is wonderfully written

    In Susane Colasanti's second novel you're pulled into the minds of three close friends just trying to make it happen for themselves. Set in busy NYC these three teens deal with both their personal problems and those of their friends. This book definitely explores some deeper concepts than When it Happens. Hints of abuse and rape are part of the story but Susane keeps it from being depressing by adding her usual humor.
    One thing I love about Susane's books is that her narrators are always expressing really frank, compelling ideas about life, but in a natural way that doesn't disrupt from the plot. For example, James says, "It's amazing how you can be surrounded by so many people every day who care about you and still feel alone." People may worry that they sound like spoiled ingrates for saying something like this, but it's all too true. So much of what people long for are things like connection and community, the intangible, and the sense of being loved and understood. Susane finds a way of expressing what so many feel inside, and then she puts it out there for the world to see. It's brave and magnificent, and when I read her novels, I feel better about life. I have no doubt her books will have the same effect on many readers. Bravo!

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2010

    Unforgettable

    Realistic characters, teenager like writing perspective, and a shocking twist at the end: I couldn't put this book down! Not only was I amazed at the ending, but the way Susane Colasanti writes makes me want to buy every single one of her books! She writes in a way teenagers can relate to and enjoy. She's hilarious, and so was the book. I still can't get over the fact about the huge shocker at the end. I also love how she wrote it from three perspectives, so you got the entire view of what was happening. Take Me There is defiantly one to read, and I just loved reading it. I'm defiantly going to read it over and over again.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for TeensReadToo.com

    Rhiannon has just been dumped without a reason. She's miserable beyond belief. Nicole has just dumped her boyfriend with a reason. She's confused beyond belief. And James...James would do nearly anything to get Rhiannon to stop mooning over her ex and finally notice him as more than her buddy. <BR/><BR/>Over the course of a week, many things will happen to these three friends. There will be confessed secrets, messages on sidewalks, delivered flowers, a ton of photocopied notes, one awesome speech, and lots and lots of karma. <BR/><BR/>But in the end, will they discover what they truly want? <BR/><BR/>This realistically honest book told in three different points of view will blow you away. Ms. Colasanti has such a real talent for capturing the personality of teenagers, it's like she is one herself. Her plot is unique and her attention to delivery is grabbing. <BR/><BR/>Insightful, humorous, moving, and never dull, Colasanti's characters will feel like they're your best friends by the time you have finished this delightful novel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

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    Loved it!!!

    This was a touching and funny book about three friends and you get to see things from their perspective which is really nice. The dialog is very real and the situations these teens are in is really amazing. They all have issues to deal with and there is some talk of rape and abuse, but its only glimpsed. Susane Colasanti keeps everything rolling and does not dwell on the negative, just uses it for effect and then keeps going. I could not put it down!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Hey

    I just got this book cuz i just read something like faith and that was awesome so i am expecting good things from this one...:) byyye

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    My favorite, byyyy farrrr!:)

    Omgosh, I enjoyed this book so much. It made me laugh, it made me cry. I also felt a little closer to my two best girlfriends after this easy read. I felt like I've lived through this all, each character, even James. I love stories like this, when they just involve everyday kids, none of that mystical creature...suck your blood...shape shifter stuff. I can relate to it, feel their feelings, understand and compare what they are dealing with while I maintain my grades and try staying awake in my 7 periods I'm forced into a day.
    I just bought When It Happens, but haven't had time to read it....I've been busy writing english essays and cramming for biology tests. But now, I'm free and can't wait to enjoy this one!!:)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    LOVED IT!!!!

    This book was amazing... I read Susane Colasanti's first book (When It Happens) so i decided that i'd give this one a try and i was not sorry... I couldn't put it down... I let my friends read it and they loved it too... You should read it too.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Don't waste your money or time...

    This book was so boring that I thought I might go into coma. I'm not from New York so I don't know the way teenagers speak over there but it's a torment having to read "and he was like", "and then I was like", "so 'LIKE' he said", "and then she goes", over and over and over again. This is the reason why I like authors that come right out of college and write teenage books because they still remember what it was like to be a teenager. Instead, we have all these old people that stupefy teenager's dialogs and actions.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    GREAT AUTHOR,BAD BOOK

    Please dont make this your first Susane Colosanti book!!!!!! Read her others first! This is by far her worst one!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Kayla C

    Loved it!! Cant wait until her next book come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Loved It

    Another Amazing Book by Susane i have read 4 of her other books and i completely can not put them down i have read this one in two days. Susane is amazing for allof you who dont like her as an author your insane i absolutley just love this book and the rest of them

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Perfect Teen Read

    I loved this book from the first page. I have read it over and over again at least ten times and will probably read it ten more!! I love how realistic the characters are. They sound like students taken right out of my high school. The problems they deal with are believable and relatable, too; dealing with break-ups, falling in love with your best friend, the unfairness and corruption of high school, etc. Even the way the characters talk, the slang they use and everything, makes them sound like they could be your best friend, standing right next to you. And the fact that the story is told from three alternating points-of-view keeps it from getting boring. I reccomend this book to teen girls who like Sarah Dessen novels or any contemporary rom-coms.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    :'(

    Poorly written book, but i still highly reccomend this author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Dont buy it

    Im only on page 30 and i cant stand this book. The writing is horrible! The author writes in a present tense which is fine, but she tries to immitate how teens talk and she fails completely. The main character is also whiny and annoying, not to mention completely and utterly desperate. This book sucks. Dont buy it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    I liked this book! :)

    I really liked this book, it was a fast read for me, I read it in less then a day. I love how you get the whole story from three different points of view, and without each view from all three characters then the story would be incomplete. The story is told through the eyes through Rhiannin, James, and Nicole, all are best friends living in New York attending the same high school. The story takes place in only one week. Rhiannin and her boyfriend Steve just broke and up Steve gave her no reason why. Rhiannin thought things were going great and that they were in love and is devestated. She does everything she can think of to get him back. Come to find out though he's dating her enemy Gloria, a really beautiful mean girl. Then there's James, Rhinannin is his best friend and he can't stand the way Steve just up and dumped her. He tries to convince her he's no good and to move on. James is really protective of Rhinannin when it comes to guys he thinks are not good enough for her. He gets really angry though when he buys her a guft and she doesn't even realize it's from him, he gets tired of chasing after her and figures it's time for her to come to him. James wishes for the day when he has a lot of money so he can have a huge place, he's sick and tired of the small apartment he shares with his family because he nevers has a mintue to himself there.Nicole has just dumped Danny, her first real boyfriend for reasons she doesn't even know herself. Even though they stay friends she finds it hard. She develops a crush on her math teacher Mr. Farrel and thinks he feels the same way towards her. Nicole keeps having memories of her past, which her friends don't know about and a past she would rather foget. This a great book about love and friendship and I really enjoyed it, I would suggest it to anyone looking for a good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Another Great Novel from Susane Colasanti

    Rhiannon, Nicole, and James are three friends in New York City ¿ three friends with problems. Rhiannon is having trouble getting over her recent breakup with her boyfriend Steve, and she¿s desperate to get him back. Nicole is also getting over a breakup, but she was the one who instigated this one. The reason for this lies rooted in Nicole¿s past and a secret she¿s not ready to reveal. James¿ love life is pretty bland. He¿s got a hot girlfriend, but that girlfriend is insanely jealous of James¿ close friendship with Rhiannon and thus dumps him. It takes a little prompting from an elderly neighbor for James to realize who he¿s truly in love with. Together, these friends will battle mean girls, old demons, and find who they really love. I loved Susane Colasanti¿s writing style of alternate narrators in her first novel When It Happens, but in this one, I felt it was a little two much with the three narrators. It got a little confusing with three points of view of the same event occurring, especially because it was about 50 pages later. Another issue I had was that there was just a little too much going on in the novel. There were the boyfriend/girlfriend problems, the family problems, and the secrets. It was a little too much for me. However, even though there were a couple aspects of the novel I disliked, I loved the rest of it. The characterization of each friend is excellent, and I really felt I got to know Rhiannon, Nicole, and James. They each have a unique story, all of which I loved. Susane Colasanti has a way of weaving each of their stories together to create this fantastic novel. Although I liked When It Happens better, I still loved Take Me There. Anyone who wants to read about perfect true love should definitely read Susane Colasanti¿s novels and also look out for her upcoming novel, Waiting For You.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Loved

    I loved this. She has become my favorite author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    It wasn't that great.

    Her other boos are fantastic but not this one. Definately could be better. I was not that impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Izzy

    Amazing

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