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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670012244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012244
  • ASIN: 0670012246
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For fans of Sarah Dessen looking for an atypical romance and an authentic teen voice." --VOYA

"Colasanti's Manhattan is a teenager's paradise, with 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." --Kirkus Reviews

"Readers who are floundering a bit in terms of what they want to do, who they want to be, and whom they want to be with will find their quandaries reflected in Brooke's dilemmas." --BCCB

"Colasanti has once again formulated a teen romance that feels realistic, which will make this novel a hit with readers." - School Library Journal


"Colasanti fans will love this. A fun exploration of a city and a teen's dreams." - Booklist

From the Author

The inspiration for So Much Closer came from my own experience. I'm from Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey. Nothing ever happened in Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey. I was always longing for something to happen. I could not wait for my real life to start. I wanted to move away and reinvent myself, be the person I'd always wanted to be, create a new life somewhere exciting where anything is possible and your soul mate could be around any corner. Twenty years later, I still feel that way about New York City.

Brooke from So Much Closer shares my story. She leaves everything behind senior year and moves to New York City. Which is a really scary thing to do. When I moved to New York 15 years ago for grad school, I didn't know anyone. I didn't even have a job yet. But I knew I was meant to be here. And the second I got here, I knew I was home. That's really what So Much Closer is about - following your heart even when it's scary. Because you just know that things will be better on the other side.

More About 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, and Now and Forever. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, she was a high school science teacher for ten years. Susane has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from New York University. She lives in New York City.

The first book of Susane's upcoming trilogy, City Love, will be released on April 21, 2015.

You can connect with Susane at susanecolasanti.com.

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Customer Reviews

I really liked it and was glad she ended up with the right guy.
Joyce J. Hunt
Each of the characters introduced in So Much Closer had an important role, although some were less developed than I would have liked, but my favorite had to be John.
The Book Scout
This is one of my favourite books ever my top 3 are all written by Suzan.
Cassidy stroinski

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on May 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Brooke has had a crush on Scott Abrams forever, but he barely knows she exists. When she finally gets up the courage to tell him how she feels, she's shocked to discover that his family is moving from their New Jersey suburb to New York City. Brooke is devastated--until she comes up with the perfect solution. She'll move in with her dad, who lives in the city, for senior year and track Scott down. And her plan works perfectly--she's practically Scott's neighbor in New York--until she discovers that Scott has wasted no time in getting himself a girlfriend in their new neighborhood. But luckily for Brooke, the city is packed with opportunities and she's not about to give up on having the year of her life.

So Much Closer is a fun, romantic, and endearing novel with a terrific setting. Colasanti describes New York vividly, with an eye for the unexpected details that really make the Brooke's neighborhood come to life with energy, and invites the reader right in. Brooke is a very dynamic narrator, and her narrative is very fun, relatable, and authentic. She's naturally smart and talented, but she's never been pushed to do well or pursue academic goals, which is frustrating to those around her. She's full of contempt for the school systems she has been through, but when she gets to the city, becomes friends with John (a cute guy who is driven but struggles academically), is pushed by good teachers, and inspired by her environment, she begins to grow and realize her foolishness in wasting her talents. This is a great coming-of-age story as Brooke not only finds Scott and figures out what it's like to get what you want and discover that maybe it's not all that you has hoped, but as she also deals with her parents' divorce and her feelings about it and finds her passion in life. So Much Closer is an unexpected, funny, and real novel that is charged with energy and life. Once again, Colasanti doesn't disappoint.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on May 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I liked this well enough. I don't know if I really liked the writing style it was written with though. It didn't really seem to flow, instead it cut off and changed scenes. I liked the premise of the story, but as I read, it didn't really wow me too much like I thought it might. But still a good read.

Brooke moving to NYC because of a boy seemed a bit dramatic, but I like to think that it was her opportunity to go somewhere she's always wanted to live and to really have a chance to find herself. I kept cringing when she talked about telling Scott why she moved and how they were meant to be together. I realize we all thought we were meant to be with someone in high school, but I still cringed and hoped she wouldn't completely embarrass herself with it.

I didn't really care for John and first. Brooke tutors John and he seems a little spazzy. It took a while for me to realize while he may be hyperactive, he isn't some immature guy who just seems to get annoying at time. By the end, I was liking this character more than I thought I would.

I was glad that Brooke was able to find out what she wants to do with her life. While I did like this story, it still wasn't anything amazing. I'd still recommend it once the price comes down. Not worth the $11 though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cassidy stroinski on December 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is one of my favourite books ever my top 3 are all written by Suzan. It's basicly about a girl who likes this guy who doesn't even no she existed well he is has to move to New York SO that's what she does since her dad lives there. When she finally builds up the courage to tell him how she feels they end up in a relationship but then she realizes it's going no where what happens in this terrific book is for u to find out!<3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tara Gonzalez on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 her! If you're looking for a light contemporary with WTFs and giggles aplenty, be sure to check out So Much Closer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Khy on August 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Susane Colasanti's books, and no matter what issues I have with any of them, they always provide a fun reading experience. However, before reading this one, I was not entirely sure I'd even enjoy it. The premise is just so creepy, and because I knew Brooke would be narrating I was a bit alarmed that I would have to read about her seeing nothing wrong with following this guy to New York City. Despite the creepy, though, I still enjoyed the novel, but mainly for a few supporting characters and how light and breezy a read it is.

I have to devote a while to the whole creep factor in this book. Following someone to a new city is just inherently shady, but because Brooke only spoke to Scott, like, twice before moving, it's even worse. I mean, if they were friends before maybe I would be more on board with this idea, or at least I'd understand why she was so obsessed with him. I was not buying that she just "knew" they were destined to be together. I'm even confused that she would just think this, since she's supposed to be a genius of sorts. Their relationship, or lack thereof, in the beginning is based on absolutely nothing. I never even understood Scott's appeal once the pair finally began to get to know each other; he was a bit dull and their relationship progressed so quickly that I just didn't have time to see his appeal.

There were a lot of people I didn't see the appeal in, unfortunately. Brooke's friends from back home, her supposed "best friends," practically disappear. I understand the idea of growing apart because of the move, but the girls appeared so little that they didn't do much at all. Similarly, Brooke's divorced mom and dad appeared so little that they weren't terribly significant.
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