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Publisher's Note:

The last night of summer is only the beginning. 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? Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.…

All I Need

by Susane Colasanti

Overall Book Review:

I have read most of Susane Colasanti’s books, and recently have been a little disappointed in them. The last few seemed cliche and typical, nothing like the unique writing from this author that I had come to expect and enjoy. With this recent publication though, my faith has been restored. Told in the alternating voices of two narrators–Skye and her crush Seth–we get to know the details of both of their lives, not just the typical one-sided story. I liked getting a closer look at both of the main characters and who they were, and then getting to “hear” the way the other character saw things.

All I Need is full of young love, walks on the beach, and friendship troubles. Sometimes I felt like Skye, Seth, and their friends were acting immature for their age; it was a bit tough to keep their age in perspective. One chapter they would be acting like adults towards each other and talking about college life, and the next they would act like freshmen in high school. For the most part though, this book was a delight to read. It was light, fresh, and fast-paced. Definitely something that is easy to pick up and set down without having to remember a bunch of plot and back-story information.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  5 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names; 3 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity:  A character attends a co-ed sleepover, but nothing inappropriate happens; teen sweethearts kiss multiple times; a boy refers to a girl as “hot”; a girl jokes that a boy is thinking about “dirty things”, but doesn’t elaborate on what it might be; a character talks of her relationships as “sexual adventures”; a boy and girl touch each other briefly in what could be a sexual way; characters talk about their love lives and mention sex briefly; minors have sex once, without explicit detail.

Mature Subject Matter:

Teenage partying, teen relationships/sex, lying.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Teens drink alcohol at parties; teens are mentioned to get slightly drunk; there is beer pong at a party; adults drink; smoking is mentioned.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.