Saturday, June 29, 2013
All I Need
Source: Received an unsolicited ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to receive this book for review as I fall in instant love with the green dress on the cover. Honestly I've been wearing a lot of green this season and I think it's partly because of that dress (also because I'm gorgeous and look great in everything ;) Although I've seen Colasanti's work around, I hadn't tried it so this would be my first experience with her writing. Unfortunately I read some less than enthusiastic reviews beforehand which somewhat dimmed my excitement. Luckily my experience was better as I found this book to be really cute and satisfying!
It begins on the the last day of summer, bringing together rich high schooler Skye and scraping by college Seth. She is looking for true love to change her life while he is trying to get over a broken heart. Their few days together haunt them when they're back at school especially because they weren't able to exchange contact information. The next summer brings them back together as they make a go at a real relationship-can their love last?
This book is told in alternating dual perspective (with Skye and Seth each having their own font-I love that), taking us deep into the pain and hopes of each character. I think what really resonated with me was these two young people fought for their relationship. They didn't throw in the towel when things got hard and they certainly got hard, each coming from very different childhoods and with different goals and communication styles. I loved that it wasn't easy for them but they didn't give up. I do feel like they fell in love too fast (near instantaneously and simultaneously) but they subsequently put in the time to get to know each other and that redeemed it for me. The book covers several years and really allows us to see a lot of changes in them as people, in their life circumstances, and in those around them.
Overall: A super cute summer read-I feel like it definitely lives up to its cover expectations and would be perfect to read at the beach or by the pool or as a palate cleanser between some heavier books (also look at the short page count!)
Cover: I really love this cover-it screams lighthearted summer fun and I love the pops of color on the author's name, title, and Skye's dress.
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