So Much Closer

So Much Closer

by Susane Colasanti


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Another contemporary thought-provoking romance from the author of the City Love trilogy!

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 him 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670012244
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

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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So Much Closer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 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.
IReadToEscape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having not being familiar with Colasanti¿s work, I found that I quite enjoyed this book. It¿s a pretty simple and fun book to read.At first, I was a bit skeptical about the plot and the message it¿s sending out to people, especially about the protagonist, Brooke, following her crush, Scott, to New York City and who she has only talked to a couple of time. It¿s pretty creepy but I guess it was supposed to be light hearted and it was. I found it humorous. All the characters were likable. Brooke, she¿s had a big crush on Scott for two years and she tends to focus on him a lot. It¿s funny how she has a high IQ but didn¿t use her common sense before thinking about following her crush all the way to New York City just to be closer to him. The relationships Brooke had with people played a big part, family and friendships mostly. Brooke has divorced parents, her mother has become a bitter woman after the divorce and resents Brooke¿s father. Her strained relationship with them becomes very troubled, especially with her father, who she deep down, blames. There were some unresolved parts but I guess the author has left that to our imaginations. Despite this, I liked how it ended and the hidden message about self discovery.If you are looking for a fast-paced and easy read then you might want to try this book. I¿m pretty eager to try out the author¿s other books.Rating: 4 out of 5
RivkaBelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
((ARC provided by publisher for review))The cover caught my attention first, as did the title - and the premise kept it: girl loves boy, boy doesn't know it, boy moves to NYC, girl leaves everything she knows behind to follow boy to NYC. Did I want to find out what happened next? Do diamonds sparkle?! Of course I had to find out what happened when Brooke changed her life in a radical way - just for a boy. But not just any boy: Scott was the love of her life - he just didn't know that. And he barely knew Brooke. I think you can see how very interesting this story could become.So Much Closer is fast-paced and easy to read. I was quickly caught up in Brooke's story, and her new world of experiences in New York City. Brooke was an interesting girl to get to know - I liked watching her grow and become more comfortable in her own skin throughout the novel. A lot of this was a direct result of her surprising new friends, and realizing that there not only was a way to make what she loved most a 'life', but that it was okay to do so. I think that's what I loved best about So Much Closer actually: Brooke's journey from planning her life around chasing a particular boy to realizing that she deserved to let herself *be* and dream and chase those dreams - surrounded by friends who cared about and supported her.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Susane Colasanti's books, as I've mentioned in previous reviews. It is so evident through her writing that she has worked with teens and really understands them. The characters she creates are realistic and complex, rather than shallow caricatures. Having read her blog, this book reads as the epitome of all that she is. Set against a New York backdrop, filled with cute teen romance and more references to The Office than you've ever seen in a book before, So Much Closer is sure to satisfy your need for fluffy romance accompanied by a journey of self-discovery. Colasanti's books are mature and subtly complex. You can read them as simple love stories if that's what you're in the mood for, but there's so much more hidden under the surface. Though on the surface, it might seem like this is a book about a girl moving to New York City chasing the boy of her dreams, beneath that, it's about a girl learning to accept who she is and all that has made her that way.Rating: 5/5
Jessica5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When reading this book, you either have two reactions to Brooke: You either like her or you hate her. I decided to like her. Yeah, she may have been crazy to follow a guy she had only talked to twice while saying creepy stalker things like, "He'll see we belong together," but she could pull that stuff off. I liked how much she grew as a person and found herself in New York. In New Jersey, she was more shy and reserved, but in New York, she is daring and speaks her mind. My favorite character in the book, though, was John. He was so crazy and weird, but he made it work. He was who he was and didn't care if people looked at him weird or made fun of him for it. And he really cared about Brooke, helping her find her real self in New York that she never was able to be in New Jersey. I was a little disappointed in the end where we didn't actually get to see more of what Brooke finally decides to do, but it was still nice knowing how it all ended. I wouldn't say that this is one of Colasanti's books, but it was still a sweet read for a nice summer day.
poetrytoprose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh boy. I think most of us have done silly things to try to impress someone we have a crush on ¿ small, silly things. For Brooke, her infatuation with Scott pushes her to: 1) want to tell him that she thinks that they¿re meant to be together (without ever having had a prior conversation with him) and 2) follow him to New York when she finds out he¿s moving (after having had a two minute first conversation with him). I went into this thinking that there would be a lot of self-discovery for Brooke in store. Not quite.I spent a good amount of time feeling absolutely embarrassed for Brooke. Not only did she move for Scott, but she wanted to admit this to him almost straight away, without even having formed a friendship with him. I kept hoping that she would hold onto this bit of information and, thankfully, she did. For a while. That didn¿t stop her from trying to track down where he lived and forcing herself to have things in common with him, though. I mean, I guess kudos to her for putting herself out there, but she clearly had no limits. She was simply so unaware of her actions and, even at the end, I don¿t think she realized how creepy her behavior was.Because I spent most of the book cringing at her actions, it was difficult to like Brooke. My favorite characters were John and Sadie, both of who were fun, interesting, great friends, and they even allowed Brooke to show more personality. Unfortunately, there wasn¿t enough of this duo to make that much of a difference. Brooke had her moments, and I did appreciate her tiny bits of growth towards the end, but overall her character arc was a disappointment.So Much Closer was a quick read, but one that I expected more happiness and cuteness from. I¿m sure other readers could get more enjoyment out of it than I did, though.
bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Brooke, a New Jersey native who's unhappy about her parents' divorce and her father's infidelity. She decides to move to New York City, partly because a boy from her school is moving there, and partly because she's always been enchanted with Manhattan.I didn't wholeheartedly love this book the way I loved some of Susane Colasanti's other novels. Brooke was a little abrasive and sometimes I wanted to shake her - she was just so blind and oblivious to her own actions. She also came across as over-confident, with a chip on her shoulder. The guy she was obsessed with was clearly boring and one-dimensional. So, on the one hand, the book made me a little impatient and annoyed. On the other hand, I thought she was a smart character, with insights that were often true. So it wasn't a total loss, but I would have liked a more likable narrator who was more in touch with reality.
spartyliblover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brooke has been in love with Scott for the last 2 years, so when his family moves from their New Jersey suburb to NYC, Brooke decides it's time to get back in touch with her father living in NYC. After moving in with her father, and ending up at the same school as Scott, Brooke begins to adapt to her new life in the city, but it's nothing like she had imagined it would be. This book draws the reader right into the story, with characters you can latch on to. The plot seems straight forward in the beginning, is anything but as you read through. Yet another great girl power teen novel working through so many of the issues that teens face today.This review refers to an advanced reader copy.
crazyhippo37 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I didn't really enjoy this book. I thought the protagonist was kind of an idiot when it comes to common sense stuff, and I didn't find it realistic. In my opinion, you don't follow a guy to New York when you're in high school and he's spoken to you twice. No matter how much you think you love him, if you've never had a legitimate conversation, you probably shouldn't uproot your life to follow him. Also, I thought her friends from New Jersey were kind of bitchy, especially April. All of a sudden, April just stops being nice to Brooke? Why? That question was never answered for me, along with many others. However, I did like the writing style, and I really enjoyed both John and Sadie's characters. All in all, I would be reluctant to recommend this to someone.
lms8esmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brooke, a high school senior, has a few big decisions to make. Her biggest decision is to finally tell her crush, Scott, that they are meant to be together; however, Brooke's plans are thwarted because Scott's family moves to New York City the summer before their senior year. In order to do confess her love for Scott, Brooke must move to New York City, which also involves moving in with her dad after being apart from him for years. Brooke discovers that being in New York City involves more than just confessing her undying love for Scott; she must discover the real person inside herself. Colasanti does an amazing job describing Brooke's NYC, and I found myself yearning to take a trip there to see these amazing sites. This coming of age novel encourages teens to take a long hard look at everything in their lives in order to make the right decisions about their futures. I know my students and others will love this book just as much as I did. It brings me so much closer to taking my own adventures in the new year!!
elizardkwik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story about a girl who leaves behind her friends, school, and mother in New Jersey to follow the boy she Knows she is meant to be with to NYC. It is somewhat predictable and reminded me a lot of the television show Felicity. I enjoyed the characterizations and descriptions of places in NYC. This was a quick and fun read.
booksandbosox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brooke Knows that she belongs with Scott. Too bad he doesn't know it, too. When Brooke discovers that Scott is moving away for their senior year, she realizes that she will have to take drastic measures so that he can discover that they belong together. So, she follows him to New York. But chasing your dreams and getting what you want are not always the same thing...Wow. I feel like I should remove the "realistic" tag from this simply because it is utter bullshit. There is nothing about this novel that would happen in a sane person's life. I must be a) too cynical and/or b) too old to enjoy this book. Which is a huge disappointment to me. I was so looking forward to an enjoyable and lighthearted teen romance - a very welcome change from the dark and paranormal romances that I usually end up reading. But what I got instead was a novel centered around a completely unlikable - not to mention, delusional - character. For some reason, Brooke has no idea how the world works. And yes, I've considered that perhaps this is supposed to be a clever juxtaposition - her acknowledged genius and her lack of real world smarts - but, let's face it. That idea is not so clever anymore. And I can't in good conscience believe that Colasanti was actually trying to do this while she was writing this character. And yes, I understand that Brooke is still hurt from her parents' divorce and this maybe makes it difficult for her to empathize with other people. But, if she's such a genius that she knows her mother has been lying to her, she should be smart enough to figure out that bottling up her feelings, ignoring and lashing out at her father, and completely disregarding how her actions might affect the people around her is not the way to deal with that hurt. In all honestly, I can't believe I'm this pissed off about this book. It was just so excruciating to think that I was supposed to identify with this character. As I said, I'm very disappointed. I've always thought Colasanti's titles looked like a nice fluffy and harmless version of a teen romance. I can only hope that they're not all filled with the stupidity of this one.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unpredictable: high school senior, Brooke, moves from suburban New Jersey to Manhattan because Scott, who she crushes on but who doesn't really know she exists, moves with his family to Manhattan.Predictable: the remainder of the book. Brooke and Scott go to the same school. She convinces him they were meant to be together. She finds out they weren't. She turns her life around. Yada yada (by the way, I hate the term yada yada but it works here).Colasanti wrote a preachy, girl power book and while I'm sure a lot of teens will enjoy this book, it really is run of the mill. (Sorry I'm being so harsh.) Kirkus likens Colasanti to Sarah Dessen, but I think Dessen has this genre pretty much all to herself.
kariannalysis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We all had those major high school crushes growing up. For Brooke, it¿s Scott Abrams is that lucky guy, only he doesn¿t know it. Brooke finally gets the courage to tell Scott how she feels about him, but before she gets a chance, he tells her he is moving to New York. This can¿t be happening. Brooke and Scott are meant to be together, and all of her dreams are being crushed before her eyes.But not so fast. Brooke is not giving up on her one love. Her parents divorced a few years back and luckily for Brooke, her dad lives in New York. What a coincidence huh? So Brooke makes the trek, but it¿s not as she hoped. Her dad spends all of his time in the office, he is never home for dinner, Scott has a girlfriend and it doesn¿t take long for her BFF¿s at home to start falling away from her. But Brooke doesn¿t give up and finally realizes that everything happens for a reason.I am still meh about how I feel about this book. I know that teenage girls are boy crazy and would do anything they could to get their crush to date them. This seemed to be extreme to me. But hey, it¿s fiction for a reason.I did like all of the growing that happened in this book. Brooke, who was a grade A slacker, with genius IQ realizes her potential and actually sees making something of herself in the future. She learns who her true friends are and learns a lot about herself. All the makings of a fairy tale.I did feel bad for Brooke, but only a smidge. She wanted this boy, followed him to a new state, although they¿d only talked once and she finds out he has a girlfriend. Well, duh! If he¿s such a hottie, of course he isn¿t going to be single Brooke also spent a lot of nights at home, by herself. For most teens, this would be a dream. Talk on the phone, play on the computer, eat junk food, watch trashy tv, or even leave to explore the city. Brooke got tired of this easily and wanted more. I personally would have loved the alone time, but I am a structure person too. So, I felt for her in that sense.And how about moving to a place like New York City? I mean she could have moved to Point Pleasant, WV, where you can check out the Mothman statue, for about five seconds then run out of things to do. She¿s in the city that never sleeps. She has endless possibilities of how she can spend her time. NYC was a very lucky place for her love to move!Let¿s face it. If we were faced with this situation in high school, we probably would have given up our friends, family etc. to follow our crush. And some of your crushes may have moved and you seriously thought about what it would be like if you could move with them. Unfortunately, the cards probably wouldn¿t have stacked up quite like they did for Brooke, kind of a perfect scenario for following the boy she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. Kudos to her though for following what she wanted. I would like to say I could¿ve done it, but probably would have chickened out.So Much Closer was a quick, cute, high school love story read. I give the book 4 bookmarks
wordnerd213 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The writing and the characters were wonderful. Brooke's thoughts and the issues she was dealing with felt very real. Colasanti's writing is splendid. It felt like a real teenager was telling the story the same way she'd tell a story to her best friend - which was excellent, and very well-done, although I will admit that some of the same slang ("like" and the substitution of "goes" for "says") got on my nerves the same way it does in real life. I loved the characters. It was my love for John and Sadie that really kept me reading to the end of the book, but Brooke was excellent too - she was a genuinely real character, and she challenged herself and the readers to think about what it means to figure out who you are. John was easily my favorite; I wish I could meet a boy like him in real life. Sadie was also fun. I want a Sadie friend. Scott, I did not like. I don't know what it was, he just got on my nerves. He felt flat and boring, and I never understood why Brooke liked him so much. His main character trait seemed to be that he liked The Office. Still, I could put him aside to read more about John and Sadie (and, okay, Brooke too).But to me, the plot fell flat. I loved the characters and the writing -- I really did -- but the entire premise of the book seemed contrived and ridiculous. At seventeen, she finds out this boy that she's loved from afar for years is moving away, and he just happens to be moving to NYC, where she just happens to have always wanted to go, and where her dad just happens to live? And then she gives up a life with great best friends to move closer to a boy that she doesn't even really know? I mean, I get that teenagers occasionally do dramatic things for what they think is love, but that just seems to be pushing it. And I thought the end was incredibly predictable (although it was executed in such a way that it was also really, really sweet and adorable). Middle of the road on this one. Characters: A-plus. Writing: A-plus. Plot: D. Maybe a C-minus at best. If you're willing to overlook the strangeness of the premise, though, So Much Closer is still a sweet, fun read. Despite its shortcomings, I enjoyed it. **Originally posted on my blog,**
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Colasanti works has a way that fills me up with great expectations and jittery happy feelings and then just pops that balloon. Sometimes it deflates slowly, other time it¿s a sudden pop. So Much Closer was a deflated slowly. The first book I read by Colasanti, I enjoyed it, but didn¿t love it. The second okay was cringe-worthy. The third, So Much Closer, was eh. Ehs are the worst because there is hardly much you can say. Book by book, I am starting to believe Colasanti¿s novel are not for me.Brooke just ¿Knows¿ that Scott is the ¿one¿ for her, but she¿s scared to tell him. When she finally builds enough courage she discovers that he¿s moving to New York City. Coincidentally Brooke¿s father is living in New York; suddenly Brooke wants to spend more time with daddy dearest and the better schools in New York than New Jersey. So Much Closer follows Brooke to the Big Apple where it¿s not the view that changed.Brooke is a genius with an IQ higher than most but Brooke doesn¿t have common sense. Coming from a girl who has been told she lacks common sense, this is huge. Brooke hauls herself to New York to follow a guy she barely knows and he barely knows her. Her wild choice to chase after him may to some be romantic, but it¿s a decision I find unrealistic. If someone had told me that they followed me to a new state because they think they ¿love¿ me I would creeped out¿flattered of course, but I would think they were crazy. If Brooke and Scott were, say, best friends it would be better. Yet they weren¿t; they were acquaintances if barely.I found the little outbursts by Brooke random. There is some build-up, but not enough to make sense of the emotional, dramatic talks between Brooke and her dad, Brooke and her mom, Brooke and her friends back in New Jersey. Her decision for a career path and to take school seriously was so quickly determined that it¿s just a flip of the page. When Brooke accepts a tutoring gig in a school program to help John who has dysgraphia, Colasanti introduced a character that was likable, energetic, and charismatic. I was infatuated with John because of his bubbly attitude and optimistic views. John was definitely one of very few shining points to the novel. So Much Closer needed to be more developed. Why is Brooke both cynical and romantic? The ending leaves many unanswered questions. Where will Brooke go to college? What about her family issues? Is Candice still really pissed because Brooke chased after Scott? What happened with Scott!? Was the guy at the coffee shop just part of the growing process because if so I found it unneeded¿?