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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142414352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142414354
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 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
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From Booklist

In this novel about the drama and trauma of teen relationships, Rhiannon loves order, math, and Steve, but Steve dumped her for the manipulative, skanky Gloria. James loves serenity, designing software, and his friendship with Rhiannon. But his home is chaotic, and Rhiannon doesn’t know how much he cares for her. Nicole loves her math teacher, her friendship with Rhiannon, and her ex-boyfriend, Danny. But Nicole has a secret that threatens all of her relationships. Over the course of a week, Colasanti’s story, told in alternating narratives, describes how the three teens cope with the same events, each other, and their own issues. Each character’s voice is strong, and the dialogue is stolen right from the corridors of a contemporary high school. Readers, especially girls, will appreciate the very satisfying resolutions of all three characters’ issues: Rhiannon gets revenge and recognizes the depth of her friendship with James; James receives a surprising gift; and Nicole acknowledges the consequences of her father’s abuse and her conflicted feelings for Danny. Grades 7-10. --Chris Sherman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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.

Customer Reviews

Susane Colasanti has a way of weaving each of their stories together to create this fantastic novel.
Rachael Stein
"Take Me There" is divided up into the separate point of views of the three main characters, and each of their stories are incredibly interesting.
So this book didn't exactly end the way I thought it would, which is normally a good thing, but in this book not so much.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.

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.

But in the end, will they discover what they truly want?

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.

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.

Reviewed by: The Compulsive Reader
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on July 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lucie W on February 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
The story is interesting, insightful, and high school students will identify with the situations the characters face. An easy, light read. However, the character's are more one sided than anything. This book would have been so much more pleasant to read if the writing was not so bland. Nobody wants to read sentences saying 'she was like "dialog"' 'I go "dialog."' Sure, that is how everyone talks, but in literature it should not be as frequent as the author makes it.

Without a moderately interesting plot (that could be found in countless other young adult books) I would have had to put this book down, I was literally wincing at the writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cassidy on July 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Take Me There brings to light all those tiny miscommunications that add up after awhile, and it's only after looking at the story from three perspectives that clarity shines through. Susane's characters interpret their situations both better and worse than they actually are, and it's intriguing (not to mention amusing!) to see how small assumptions lead each person to jump to big conclusions!

The character development in Take Me There is completely relatable, yet original. While the female nemesis, Gloria, is just as unlikeable by the end of the novel, Susane demonstrates that Gloria too has feelings that might invoke sympathy - she's not untouchable. Plus readers are treated to all the quirky, kind gestures that Steve, Rhiannon's ex-boyfriend, performed when they were still dating. While he does the unthinkable to Rhiannon, it's clear that he's a desirable guy in some ways, so it's easy to understand her conflict and heartbreak.

Danny is another fantastic, well-rounded character. Susane's description of him is not at all cliché, and yet his personality is recognizable in a general sense. I think we've all known folks like this: "Danny has that effect on girls. He mesmerizes them with his opinions and theories and ideas. But it's not just about how smart he is or how hot he looks when he's all wound up about some issue. It's like he's a natural leader. He's got this irresistible quality." It's typical to portray a charismatic character as manipulative, but Susane flips it in the opposite direction, and demonstrates how Danny uses his charisma in a positive way.

Take Me There is full of movie scenes!
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