First Lines: Today I’m telling Scott Abrams that I’m in love with him.
With the conclusion of this book, I have now read 7 of the 8 books Susane Colasanti has written. I feel pretty accomplished because of this, though I really don’t know why. But I wanted to do it, especially since this book sat on my to-read list for a long time.
Brooke has a super-massive crush on Scott Abrams. In fact, she’s in love with him…but he really doesn’t know that she exists. When Scott’s family moves to New York City, Brooke decides to follow him there and live with her (formerly) estranged dad. Adjusting to a new school is hard, but it gets harder when she learns Scott already has a girlfriend. But New York just seems to call to Brooke, and she discovers a lot about herself with a little help from the city. Besides, love could be just around the corner.
For the most part, I found this to be a cute read. There’s some romance in it, but it’s not the main focus (even if it is just about all Brooke can think about). There’s a lot of depth to this story, mostly following the question of identity. What makes a person special? How do we figure out what it is we want to do with our lives after high school?
I don’t want to go too in-depth into this just to make sure I stay away from spoilers, but it’s pretty obvious that Colasanti used to be a teacher. It just bleeds into this story. She’s able to show the kinds of students that normally don’t make it into stories, like the genius who thinks he/she is a freak and doesn’t want to be “the smart one”. It’s kind of cool in that sense. Most of the time, the smart characters embrace their brains, which is super, but this felt more realistic. Nobody wants to be a freak.
I thought it was really neat to see New York through Brooke’s eyes. As someone who has never visited The Big Apple, it was kind of cool to see it as bright and vibrant instead of the jaded way lots of people talk about it. (Seriously, how many shows talk about the bums and the rats that infest the streets?)
One thing that did bother me, though, was how Brooke just left her life at home to follow a boy to New York who barely even knew her face. That just screams inside of me. How could someone do that, even if you do think you love them? And in the grand scheme of the story, things worked out. But still. I just don’t understand the thought process behind it.
Overall, a cute story with relatable characters and a lot of life lessons that all of us could learn from.