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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670012244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012244
  • ASIN: 0670012246
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,935 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.

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Colasanti's writing just flows so well and I really enjoyed Brooke as a character.
James F. Booth
Some points I really got annoyed with Brooke cause I just wanted her to see, that what she sees is not real!
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For anyone looking for an original, contemporary read, I do recommend checking this out.
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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
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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cassidy on May 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
So Much Closer has an excellent premise, and those too apprehensive to pursue someone they love across state lines will enjoy living vicariously through Brooke, who takes a huge risk to make her dreams come true, only to realize that the fantasy may have been better than the reality. Colasanti's novel tackles themes like the idea of a person versus the actual person, rebelling against a system (in this case, school) versus using the system to one's advantage, and relocating for one reason, only to discover a more compelling reason later. Brooke is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants in every area of her life - romance, school, career, friends, and location.

The ups and downs as Brooke gets to know Scott in New York City keep the pages turning. There are moments of horrified embarrassment and 'movie moments' in which everything seems to come together. Although I was not entirely convinced by the ending, and wanted it to grab me in the way the first sentence did ("Today I'm telling Scott Abrams that I'm in love with him"), the novel as a whole stands up well, and covers all different relationships in Brooke's life, from love interests to friends to parents to teachers, demonstrating how each person has an impact on her growth and development as a person about to graduate from high school. Meanwhile, Brooke makes her own impact on others without realizing it, in both positive and negative ways.

This book describes New York City in a fun, refreshing manner, as if the reader had her own personal tour guide.
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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, Now and Forever, and the City Love trilogy. 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.

You can connect with Susane at susanecolasanti.com.

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