All I Need

First Lines: “Something’s going to happen tonight,” Adrienne says.  “I can feel it.”

It was so good that I saved this to read after reading Unhinged.  Seriously.  I needed something easy and normal after that.  This was perfect for that.

Skye figures this summer is going to be just as boring as the last summer, until she meets Seth.  Seth is perfect for her.  They feel an instant connection to each other.  But they don’t even know each other’s last name, and certainly don’t know any contact information.  Skye wonders if she was the only one who felt the connection, but she can’t get Seth out of her head.  And when they find each other again, can they make a long distance relationship work?

I’ll start by saying that I got out of this what I expected to get out of it.  It’s fluff, plain and simple.  And I knew that going in.  But just because it’s fluff doesn’t mean it can’t be good.  It was great for being a quick, easy summer read.

I liked that Skye and Seth were pretty much your average teenagers, and I really appreciated that Seth was college age so they could explore college in this book.  Not many YA books delve into college beside characters thinking about where they want to apply.

However, Skye and Seth have a Wesley-and-Buttercup level of belief in true love.  Which is fine.  I myself have some faith in the idea of true love, but certainly not to this level.  It was almost a little ridiculous.

I also really like that this tackled long distance relationships as well, because, again, I  don’t think too many YA books really look into that.  As someone who has spent more months than I care to mention in a long distance relationship (and subsequently watched it crash and burn from the separation), I absolutely understand the dark side of distance.  And this book showed some of that too.

I noticed it was hard for me to really pin down either of their personalities.  Being just over 200 pages, this book is a fast read.  And that means little character development.  It was just hard for me to figure out who the characters were as people.  I thought that was something that could have been improved.

Overall, I think it’s just a cute summer romance.  Great for a beach read, but don’t expect to get much more than that out of it.


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