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I Belong


Early Review: All I Need by Susane Colasanti

Title: All I Need

Author: Susane Colasanti

Genre: YA Contemporary

SeriesN/A

Publication DateMay 21, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 240 Pages

ISBN-10: 0670014230 (Viking/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0670014231 (Viking/Penguin)

Reviewed byBridget

Synopsis:

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

Quick & Dirty: Cute contemporary read that is a really fast read, but I felt that it was lacking a really intriguing plot.

Opening Sentence: “Something’s going to happen tonight,” Adrienne says.

Excerpt: No

The Review

It is the end of the summer before junior year for Skye.  She has two weeks left at her beach house in Sea Bright and she wants to make the most of it.  She has been going to the beach house since she was a little girl and she has always dreamed of meeting her dream boy there.  Skye is attending an annual party that her parents put on for all the people that live in the beach houses and there is a new boy there that she has never seen before.  Of course he is really good looking and Skye can’t help but think maybe her luck has finally changed after all these years.

Seth has just spent the summer at his dads run down beach house in Sea Breeze.  He just graduated from high school and is getting ready to attend Penn State in the fall.  His high school girlfriend and the love of his life dumped him at gradation saying a long distance relationship just wouldn’t work for her.  Shortly before that Seth’s parents separated and now Seth doesn’t really believe that love exists anymore.  Why open yourself up to someone and make it easy for them to hurt you.  Then he sees Skye for the first time.

Of course the two hit it off right away and they both have an unexplainable connection to each other.  They spend their last few days of summer together and they are magical, but before they have a chance to exchange contact information with each other Seth ends up leaving for school.  So for a year they go back to their normal lives, but they never really forget each other.   The next summer they spend it looking for each other and finally by the end they find each other again.  They decide to give a relationship a try, but even though they may be soul mates it doesn’t mean that their relationship is going to perfect.

We get to read this book from both Seth and Skye’s point of view.  Skye is your typical high school girl who believes that love is a fairytale and everything should be perfect once you meet the right guy.  She is pretty immature and naive at times, but she was still a likeable character.  Seth is a guy that really lets his emotions get to him.  When his girlfriend broke up with him it really broke him.  He really cares about Skye but he doesn’t really fully want to let her in.  He starts a relationship with her but leaves her out of his most important life decisions and at times he gets annoyed with her high school attitude.  Overall, they are really cute together but really I didn’t feel any huge connection with either character.

I did enjoy this book.  It was a cute, fast, easy read.  The writing was well done, but honestly I just felt like nothing really happened in the book.  There was a little drama, but I kept waiting for something big to happen and it just never really did.  After that being said, it was a cute love story and I do think that anyone that enjoys YA contemporary will enjoy it.  This is the first book I have read by Susane Colasanti, and after reading this I would consider reading more of her work.

Notable Scene:

Skye takes off running toward a big sand dune surrounded by tall sea grass.  I run after her.  She’s pretty fast.  I’m not the spontaneous type, but I make an effort to catch up with her to pretend I am.  By the time I get to the top of the dune, I’m panting.  I should be in better shape.  I look like I’m in better shape.  It’s deceiving.

Skye laughs and twirls around.  The breeze blows her back.  The sound of her laughter blends with ocean waves crashing.

I realize we walked a long way.  The party is this tiny point in the distance.  We probably should turn back soon.

But for now, it’s just us.  Our instant connection is undeniable.  I watch Skye watching the sunset colors glowing on the water.

There might never be a chance like this again.

When Skye turns to me, I don’t think.  I pull her close to me.

And I kiss her.

FTC Advisory: Viking/Penguin provided me with a copy of All I Need. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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