City Love by Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: April 21st 2015
Rate: 4 stars
Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.
Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?
Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?
Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn’t resist, she may find herself in city love.
Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl’s life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.
Never having lived in the city, but having visited a few times, Susane’s books always have a way of making me feel as if I am visiting with an old friend. I love her love for NYC & how she describes it in her books. It’s truly a magical city and you can certainly tell that just by reading one of her books. Of course, having read all of Susane Colasanti’s books, I was thrilled to learn that she was writing a series. My only hesitancy was…would the series still hold that Susane flare I’ve grown to love so much?
The answer is yes. At least in my opinion.From the moment I started reading City Love, I felt at home and was reminded so much of why I love her writing style. She has a tendency to take me back a few years, when I was on the cusp of adulthood and all of the self discovery that comes a long with it. And the love aspect. Oh how I love a good contemporary with a good love story thrown in the mix.
I love the alternate POVs throughout the book and being able to experience NYC through the eyes of three girls with three different backgrounds and stories. Sadie is the New Yorker with big dreams and a firm belief in finding her soulmate. Darcy is from California and has no limitations. Rosanna is from Chicago and has a tight budget. These three girls make for a dynamic trio living together the summer before their freshman year of college. I love what each of them bring to the story and I cannot wait to see what the other two books in this series hold.
Even though this book took place in a short period of time, a lot can happen over the course of a few weeks. It’s amazing to see how each girl progresses through the story & what happens in each of their lives. (Don’t worry…I won’t spoil anything for you!) One thing I will say is, I would have liked to have seen a little more girl time between the three, but this wasn’t a game changer for me. Just a general observation as I read.City Love is classic Susane Colasanti with a little bit more flare. If you’re looking for a book to add to your summer reading pile, this is one I’d recommend.
Here are just two of my favorite quotes you’ll find when you read City Love.
“We kiss in that movie love way where you’re on the High Line at sunset and you’re with the boy of your dreams and its the ultimate rom-com scene. The kind of scene people say can’t happen in real life. Except this is happening. And it couldn’t be more real.”
“Part of having a fresh start comes with the opportunity to be the best version of yourself.”
four out of five stars
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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. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City.The first book of Susane’s City Love trilogy will be released on April 21, 2015.