Title: City Love
Author: Susane Colasanti
Series: City Love Trilogy
Date Read: June 8
Format: Hardcover from the library co-op
As I’ve said before with my review of Susane Colasanti’s book Now & Forever, if I had the shelf space for all of her books I would own them all. And the beauty that is City Love would also be on that shelf. Alas, my room is cramped enough as it is (and I’m running out of floor space)… Anyway, City Love follows the tale of three girls – Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna – who are about to start college in the fall but decide to make a jump start on things and do a summer session instead. They’re roomed together in the same apartment, and despite a difficult start, they seem to become fast friends.
Sadie has lived in New York her whole life, but the experience of being on her own as an adult is something that she is really looking forward to. She knows what she wants to do with her life and she’s hoping the internship that she has this summer will really help with her overall goal. On her first day things are looking good when she’s introduced to a senior in the program – Austin – who totally takes her breath away. They start hanging out together and things really click between them. It’s like they’ve known each other their whole lives. But sometimes if its too good to be true it usually is…
Darcy took a year off after she graduated high school to back pack through Europe. Her longtime boyfriend dumped her and she’s determined to have a fun summer. Hanging out at the clubs with her friends and the boys she hooks up with are only just that. There will be no boyfriends for her. That is until she runs into Jude – a street performer – that makes her feel things that she hasn’t felt since the ex dumped her. Now, she’s starting to wonder if her no boyfriend rule this summer should actually stand.
Rosanna is excited and nervous about being in New York. Excited because she’s always loved this city and always wanted to go and now she’s finally here. She’s nervous because her parents aren’t supporting her financially because they have too many responsibilities at home. So Rosanna is on her own, and the summer job she has is barely enough to cover rent, books, and food. She only has 73 cents left in her savings, but that’s okay. She won’t let it get to her. Especially because she’s met someone named D who is everything she doesn’t stand for. He’s a kid from Wall Street who uses money to solve his problems. But sometimes there’s just no denying attraction.
Honestly, I loved this book, which was odd because I generally don’t like books where there are different narrators. But this one was the exception because they didn’t jump until the end of the chapter and there was a nice little subheading under each chapter letting you know which narrator you were dealing with just in case you forgot. I loved Sadie’s optimism and how unsure of herself she was when it came to hanging out with Austin. Her slight tragedy that gives her a slight negative edge wasn’t as tragic as I was theorizing, but I’m glad about that all the same. I’m hoping that she gets her happily ever after despite what happened at the end, but I’m with her on this one. I’m not exactly sure how relationships come back from that. Darcy’s go get’em attitude was down right hilarious at some parts and I can’t wait to see what happens between her Jude and the ex. Also what is she going to do when she finds out about Sadie’s misfortune? Curious. Rosanna’s story seemed to be the only one that really ended on a happy note, even though she’s still trying to figure out who this Addison character is. But I’m confidant all will be revealed.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. These characters are awesome. The plot was great. I just wished it hadn’t ended so abruptly. But that’s what I get for reading book one of a series, eh?
Bookshelf worthy? Those winning lottery numbers would be nice…