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Score: 5.7/10  [3 reviews]
2 out of 5
ProdID: 4532 - So Much Closer
Written by: Susane Colasanti

So Much Closer
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August 2013

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Scott Abrams is the love of Brooke's life. He just doesn't know it yet. So when his family moves to New York City, Brooke has no choice but to follow Scott. It's her last chance to prove to him that they're meant to be together.

But the city is full of surprises that Brooke never expected. Ever since a painful family trauma, she's been closed off to her parents, to her friends, and even to herself. Now, inspired by the thrilling energy of the bustling and creative city around her, Brooke starts to explore her talents and become someone she never dreamed she could be.

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Review by: kiwiblondie (Michelle)
Dated: 10th of September, 2013

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This Review: 3.8/10
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Personal Choice:
Score 1 out of 10

This has to be the worst book I have read in a while and I love reading so that is saying a lot. The story was slow to move and totally silly. Who in their right mind would move to another part of a city just to be near a boy that hardly even knows she exists? In some ways I could relate, I was a teenage girl myself but I'm reasonably sure I was never that silly.

Brooke is supposed to be a genius but she doesn't like the school system so deliberately does really bad and refuses to do her homework. It is a reminder of why school is important.

The ending was a bit unexpected, but that might have been because I had lost the will to read this book and was only reading to the end due to sheer stubbornness. I"m glad in a way that she did finally learn what was important and what she really could do without.

I really would never read this book again, even if I was paid to.

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Review by: mizim (Miriam)
Dated: 13th of August, 2013

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This Review: 4.8/10
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Score 4 out of 10

This book confuses me, it is loaded with contradictions and I just didn't enjoy the character of Brooke.

Brooke is supposedly a genius but the plot of the story revolves around (what I feel is a stupid decision at her age) her moving to a whole new city for a boy. This boy, Scott, is someone that she has had little communication with but feels that he is the one, despite the lack of communication, and so moves where he moves to in an effort for him to get to know her and, of course, fall in love with her too. For a genius I don't think she has much common sense.

Brooke quite flippant and also she supposedly doesn't trust people yet this really conflicts with her feeling that Scott is 'the one'. To me it didn't make sense for someone to move to another city, still in high school, for a boy considering the family dynamics and choosing to be alone most of the time (father does a lot of overtime) in the hopes that he will 'come to his senses'.

If this had ignored the romance factor, or at least the 'follow an almost stranger to another city in the hopes of love' then I may have enjoyed it better. Brooke doesn't know what she wants to do with her life and I think that is a very common aspect for most people today.

It's a nice and light read, good for whiling away a couple of hours, not something that I would read again, nor really enjoyed, but that's more because of the romance aspect of it than anything else.

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Review by: samantha203 (Samantha)
Dated: 5th of August, 2013

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This Review: 8.5/10
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Score 8 out of 10

I did really enjoy this book it's a lot different from what I would normally read, I tend to go for thrillers/horrors or something with a fantasy type theme to them rather than romantic type novels although I do enjoy a good romance. This book is definitely a romantic novel with Brooke changing her whole life and moving to New York for a boy she has been obsessing over for two years while he hasn't even talked to her before.

I don't know that people would be so crazy to go so far to chase after a guy although I am aware that the heart can make you do crazy things the story is a little far fetched. Brooke is still in high school so it was really a huge decision. I liked the character Brooke she was smart, like real smart except she didn't like school or the school system and despite her IQ she had no idea what she wanted to be, so alongside the romance story was the story of Brooke's finding of herself and a major transformation in her character.

A lot of the change in Brooke came from a student she began tutoring and soon become friends with. He inspired her to look closer at things and she discovered a lot about what she wanted in life. This was a little bit predictable you could tell he was infactuated with her and although she had moved to New York chasing Scott you could tell that they should end up together and that Scott was not the right guy for her. Of course she was so in love with Scott she couldn't see what was right in front of her.

I loved the way it ended, a lot of movies and books I have been into lately have just ended leaving me guessing at whether there will be a sequel and this one definitely concludes leaving you no nagging questions. The ending is a little bit predictable as I mentioned but it is nice to have a story that ends happily. The book overall is quick and easy to read and would suit young teens, there is talk of intimate relations between the characters but it is quite tame.

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