BOOKS. I love talking about them, and could probably ramble on and on about them forevers but I want to take a time off from reviewing to talk about books in general and my thoughts on well, Susan Colasanti books. Specifically, All I Need.
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?
I'm reading All I Need, and I am having a super hard time getting through it. Maybe it's just me? I've heard generally positive things about Susane Colasanti books, maybe I pulled my hopes way, way too far beyond my needs. I did notice All I Need get mixed reviews which made me wary to reading it, but I needed a fresh contemporary romance and I thought maybe All I Need would be just that. Maybe my judgement was a little off...
Okay, first things first: this isn't a review. I was actually planning to review All I Need but I am literally so dissatisfied with it that I kind of waned off on finishing it (which lately, rarely ever happens to me.) So it's sort of a review?-- but mostly me talking about it, and well, your replies in the comments!
If you've seen my recent haul, then you know I am a big, big fan of reading contemporary YA books, romance, all that jazz. Susane Colasanti was compared to the Sarah Dessen--one of my favorite contemporary authors--so I was like "Hey, maybe I should give her a try". When I went to the library, as soon as I saw a Susane Colasanti book, I grabbed it-- I totally disregarded the title.
THIS ROMANCE. Arghhh, my brain. Not that it was badly written, because it really isn't. It was actually nicely written, and I like the style of it... it's just how the romance was executed was super, super poor. I didn't think insta-love was possible in contemporary fiction because I RARELY find it comparatively towards the paranormal-romance genre, but yet, there it was. Skye and Seth weren't given a climactic romance. Nothing to wait over the edge of your seat for, and their instant connection was just unbelievably unrealistic. I mean, they kissed in a matter of a couple pages in the first flipping chapter so talk about being rushed.
Am I biased for thinking this before I even finished reading? Sort of, in a way. Yes. All I Need probably can potentially get better, but the clicheness of this book blew my freaking mind in its beginning so much I'm not even sure if I want to finish. I've read contemporary romance reads, like Anna and the French Kiss most recently and while it had it's predictable moments it was done in such a unique, fun away (and then there's it being France and all but that's a totally different story...) which is why I loved it so much. My mind is like
right now while reading this, and I know it shouldn't. Just... WHY.
Okay, maybe this book isn't for me. Everyone has their different tastes in books and I am not lovin' it. Have you read All I Need by Susan Colasanti? What are your thoughts on it? Book recommendations Let me know in comments! Big thanks. :)