Friday, December 6, 2013

Young Adult Romance Review: All I Need

Author: Susane Colasanti

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: Speak (May 15, 2014)

Language: English

Series: None

Genre: Contemporary romance

Source: Cuddlebuggery for review

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

It's Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook for the modern teen!

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it's obvious to both of them that this is something real.

But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

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, and All I Need. 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.

Susane's eighth teen novel, Now and Forever, will be released on May 20, 2014.

You can connect with Susane at

My Thoughts:

This book falls right in the middle of what I like and what I don't. On the one hand, it is super sweet and focuses on real love and developing lasting relationships. In the other hand, there is a lot of sex talk and high school drama.

I like the way the relationship between the characters develops. They know they have something real and they take things pretty slow. They give themselves time to get to know each other before getting too serious. Both characters are likable, which is a must with a romance heavy story.

Although I prefer sex free books, I appreciate the way the author focuses on true love. It is not some lusty novel that will make you blush. The sex is non-descriptive and they wait until after she is an adult. I also like how at that point, it is more of an expression of their love for each other rather than a need to fill their own desires. I feel like there is so much pressure on teens to get involved intimately with their boyfriend or girlfriend and it is refreshing to see a book that focuses on developing a good relationship before getting so serious. There is quite a bit of sex talk from Skye and her friends, but again, the author used it to explain that intimacy complicates things, rather than fixes them.

The writing was simple, and you could easily read the book in one sitting. This book is sugary sweet and super fluffy. It is full of declarations of undying love. It's a cute story that would be great for an afternoon at the beach.

Content: Non-descriptive sex, innuendo

Cover: This cover is super cute and it reflects the book well.  It's what initially drew me to the book and it almost makes me want to read it again!


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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