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All I Need

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All I Need

Do you believe in love at first sight? Skye does, and her beliefs are affirmed when she sees Seth on the very last day of summer and falls for him instantly.  After some incredibly lame pickup lines, followed by a few magical hours together, Skye knows she and Josh are meant to be --- and the feeling is mutual.  However, they never get each other's full names or telephone numbers and end up separated with no way to contact one another. The course of true love never did run smooth, and Skye and Seth's journey to relationship bliss is certainly rocky in ALL I NEED.

"This is the part of the book that is most interesting to me --- the way Susan Colasanti depicts two young adults who love each other but have to deal with the fact that they live far apart."

Told in alternating chapters by Skye and Seth, we get a glimpse into both of their minds as Seth struggles through his first year of college and Skye deals with tension between her two best friends, both pining away for one another. They eventually do reconnect but then face more challenges as they attempt a long-distance relationship. This is the part of the book that is most interesting to me --- the way Susan Colasanti depicts two young adults who love each other but have to deal with the fact that they live far apart. Add to that the tension between them because of their own disparate financial situations and the difference in the difficulties Seth faces in college and those Skye faces in high school. It's enough to make you wonder if love is enough to keep them together.  

The most problematic aspect of ALL I NEED is the way Skye seems to become less of a person when she is around Seth. She adopts all his hobbies and never really shares any of hers with him --- or the readers for that matter. She spends all her time obsessing over him and also spends all her weekends with him, but she doesn't feel comfortable talking about her college applications or school worries with him. Similarly, while Seth proclaims to love Skye, he tunes her out when she talks about how upset she is that her two best friends are fighting and is constantly insecure about the fact that she is wealthier than he. However, despite these quibbles, you can see why the two truly care about one another, and the alternating voices help the reader to get a well-rounded picture of their romance.

Reviewed by Erin Allen on June 4, 2013

All I Need
by Susane Colasanti

  • Publication Date: May 21, 2013
  • Genres: Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0670014230
  • ISBN-13: 9780670014231