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Lost in Love (City Love Series) Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—This series follows the final summer together of Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna, three teens sharing an apartment in New York City before beginning their freshman year of college. Sadie, the romantic of the group, always sees the best side of things and is searching for her soul mate. Darcy is the rich-girl rebel looking for a summer full of adventures with boys. Rosanna is trying to reinvent herself and quickly is introduced by a boy to the wealthy side of New York, but she barely has a dollar to her name. The latest volume finds Sadie wondering if she ever really knew Austin, the boy she thought was her soul mate but who revealed a relationship-changing secret. Darcy has been having fun with no-strings-attached romantic hookups until Logan, an ex-boyfriend, shows up, determined to win her heart. Meanwhile, things are heating up between Rosanna and D, but she fears opening up to him about her past. Colasanti is a reigning romance champion in the YA world, so this new series is a no-brainer purchase where her books are hard to keep on the shelf.
Praise for Lost in Love: “Readers who enjoyed City Love (2015) will appreciate the contemporary urban vibe and the promise of more teen adventures to come.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Teens will live vicariously through their adventurous, urban experiences and will enjoy their alternative loves and heartbreaks.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Teens who are drawn to new-adult titles and dream of romantic, parent-free summer escapades will be well rewarded.” (Booklist Online)
Praise for City Love: “Smart girl chick-lit.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Readers will feel the strong, vibrant pulse of city life as Colasanti traces the romantic encounters of three incoming college freshman, who are as enamored with their West Village neighborhood and newfound independence as they are with the boys who steal their hearts. ” (Publishers Weekly)
“This book is pure romance.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
Praise for Susane Colasanti: “Realistic dialogue, multi-layered characters, musical references and issues that matter most to teens make this story happen. Like Sarah Dessen, Colasanti knows how teens operate.” (Kirkus on When It Happens)
“Colasanti ably captures the teenage voice through language that is real and not forced. Her easy writing style will speak to teen readers.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) on Take Me There)
“Colasanti presents an authentic picture of how complicated it is to be a teenager, especially one in love.” (Publishers Weekly on Waiting For You)
“Colasanti has a knack of sustaining the heart-pounding suspense of young love for the length of a novel while managing to make it read, charmingly, like a conversation.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer on Waiting for You)
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The characters are lively, and sometimes funny, but the plot was less than inspired. The man in this story come across as stick figures, with a few exceptions, and are untruthful, somewhat bullying, and not the ones you hope your daughter might marry. The young women's circumstances are quite different, and they strive to keep their secrets confidential from each other. They do develop a kind of sisterhood, although the poorest resents the wealthiest for both her wealth and her apparently spoiled character.
This was an acceptable read, but Colasanti has done better.
Because of my love for the introduction of this trilogy, Lost in Love was at the tip top of my to-read list this spring. It did not disappoint–in fact, it is the perfect novel for any romantic to have on hand this summer. Susane Colasanti shows her writing chops again with a heartfelt summer adventure filled with romance and friendship and the age old questioning of those entering adulthood.
Back it again are our girls–Sadie, Darcy and Rosanna. Each girl faces a world of changes with the backdrop of New York City just in the distance. When we left them in City Love, the trio were navigating their new lives and new loves, all the while befriending one another and exploring their contrasting personalities.
Drama was at an abundance when it came down to a few flaws in their new lives. Sadie’s found her soulmate, Austin, only to discover he isn’t at all who she that he was–that he was keeping a huge secret from her. He’s married. When we meet up with Sadie again, our eternal optimist is struggling with their break up and needs time to get back into the right state of mind to deal with this news.
Without Austin, we see Sadie take time to grief and come to terms with her romantic life. She takes just the right amount of time to herself with the help of her warm fuzzies, Darcy and Rosanna and her best friend from childhood. I liked that once more Sadie is warm and realistic and just the sweetest character ever.
But, of course, things always change. Spoiler alert. When Austin comes back into her life with news, he and his wife are divorcing and he’s moved in with a friend, she comes to question things once more.
But what’s next for them? That isn’t all: Sadie receives some surprising family news that leaves her concerned and sets up another excellent plotline for the final book.
Let’s aim for Darcy next! Our favorite adventurer is trying to find her place in the city, all the while trying to maintain her breezy personality and figure out her future. We last saw Darcy falling for Jude, in her own way, and just as she was about to admit her true feelings, or rather intentions for him, her ex-boyfriend makes a reappearance in her life.
As it turns out, her ex wants her back.
And I mean, who wouldn’t, right? Darcy is a total catch. But with Jude in the picture, Darcy is more confused than ever. Should she choose reigniting the past–with her ex-boyfriend’s intentions unclear even as he claims to love her–or follow her heart to something new?
Her future is becoming less cloudy, but in some cases she wonders if it’s too late. Darcy is highly torn and in for some frustration in heartbreak by novel end–but as always, her passion and fire show and she is more than ready for a challenge.
I just love Darcy, okay? And I felt for her. For her confusion over her romantic life, for her uncertainty about what she wants to do with her life, for the fact that her boyfriend forgot about her birthday. Darcy is just utterly obtainable because, in spite of her rich party girl persona, she is just a normal young woman.
Lastly is Rosanna. Rosanna is meeting more challenges in her life as she tries to get to the bottom of where Addison is, and who is she is, and why she knows so much about her. The answers take a bit of time to come across and really shock her as she unravels the mysterious troublemaker’s intentions.
Her romance with D seems to be equal parts heating up and cooling off. With the reappearance of a girl from D’s past, who seems to come between them in one way or another whether these are her intentions or not, things are not looking up.
They had quite a bit of bliss for the most part and vacationed together–I love, love this pairing! I’m a sucker for the opposites attract trope and in a lot of ways, they are opposites. But something about them just blends together really well and the sparks are off the charts.
I loved seeing the ending of the novel, their chapter, where Rosanna is starting to see through the smoke and comes clean about her past: all of it, her financial situation, her abuse, who Addison is and what threat she poses. D takes it all in stride and I think they are exactly what the other person needs.
Lots of love for the way D handled Rosanna’s past and her revelation. He really, really adores her and she, him. I’m curious to see what’s next for their relationship and what Shayla and Addison will have to do with, well, everything.
Rosanna also continues her life as a camp counselor and has to make a decision on what to do about a camper who seems to be jumpy and may or may not be abused at home.
Overall, each girl has plots that are perfect age-wise and once more Susane takes us on a whirlwind adventure of the importance of truth, friendship and love. The number one highlight of these novels and of Colasanti's characters is that their friendship is the main focus. Or at least the best part of it. City Love introduced to the new bond between these three girls and now in Lost in Love, we see the good and the bad of it--sometimes tensions run high in friendships and this reflects that.
I have high hopes, though, that it isn't going to have a lasting effect, any of the flaws.
I felt that this one was a lot more active beyond romance and it felt much more realistic (not that the other didn’t)–it tackled a lot of topics such as abuse (sexual or physical), the downfalls of “revenge”, people who know no boundaries and a few topics of the lighter variety.
Lost in Love is the absolute perfect balance of genres and is thoughtful, warm and delightful. Get your highlighters and page markers reader because this one will have you making note of many moments!
Sadie thought Austin was her soulmate and that her summer before college was going to be filled with the epic love she'd always dreamed of. When Sadie finds out that Austin has been lying to her, she isn't sure how to reconcile her dream guy with the flawed one trying so hard to make amends and win her back.
Darcy planned to spend her first summer in New York City exploring and having lots of drama-free boy adventures. Summer Fun Darcy is just getting the hang of things when Darcy's ex shows up in New York to win her back. One grand gesture can say a lot. But can one flight really make up for weeks of heartbreak?
Rosanna never expected to find love when she moved to New York for college--especially not with an amazing guy who is wealthy like D. Now that things are getting serious with D, Rosanna has to decide how much she's willing to reveal about her past before they move forward.
After a month together in the city they all love Sadie, Darcy and Rosanna know they're lucky to have found each other as roommates and friends. They'll need each other more than ever as they try to figure out what comes next in Lost in Love (2016) by Susane Colasanti.
Lost in Love is the second book in Colasanti's City Love trilogy which begins with City Love.
Each girl is at a crossroad in Lost in Love and forced to make some hard decisions about who they want to be (and sometimes who they want to be with) as the series moves forward.
Still reeling from news about Austin's secret marriage, Sadie has to pull herself together after their breakup and her subsequent depression. Sadie is honest with herself and readers about how hard it is to move forward and she is willing to put in the work to get to her next, best self--no easy feat with Austin badgering her for a second chance.
Darcy thought she had put heartbreak behind her but she doesn't quite know what it means when her ex-boyfriend flies all the way to New York to try and win her back. This plot thread takes an interesting turn and adds a bit of mystery to the story as Darcy and readers try to figure out if there are ulterior motives at play.
Rosanna, meanwhile, is trying to reconcile her dwindling funds in New York with the lavish lifestyle her boyfriend has to offer. Still haunted by her past in Chicago, Rosanna is suspicious of anyone offering her genuine friendship (or something more) when she still feels so broken. Most of Rosanna's arc focuses on her struggles with honesty and balancing who she is with who she wants to become in her new home. While the decision again leaves some things uncertain for book three, her final resolution here is empowering.
Colasanti delivers another fast-paced, summery diversion with New York City as a vibrant backdrop in this story that alternates third person point of view between Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna. With romance, adventure and a lot of self-discovery, Lost in Love is another excellent City Love installment that will leave fans satisfied but eager for the conclusion of this contemporary trilogy.
Possible Pairings:The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti, How to Love by Katie Cotugno, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham, Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu, Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson, What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, Golden by Jessi Kirby, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith, Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales, Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
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Lisa : City Love ended with quite a open-ending feeling. Becca and I were really looking forward to seeing what happened next for this group of girls.Read more