Colasanti, Susane All I Need, 212 pgs. Viking, 2013. $17.99 Content: Language: R (13 swears; 1 “F”; 7 God); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: G.
Skye is looking for her soul mate and Seth is coming down from a bad breakup, but when they meet at an end-of-the-summer party at the beach they can’t deny the connection they feel. Through a misunderstanding, they lose each other’s contact information and try for a year to forget about each other, but then spend the next summer looking for each other at the beach. Once they reunite, they have obstacles to overcome, such as the long distance between them and the social economic situations of their families.
This is a short and fast romantic teen read. The story seems rushed and the character development is a bit shallow. The sentences are short and choppy and the dialogue between the characters jumps from one topic to another so quickly that it’s hard to care about what they are talking about. I also think the token “F” word was forced, and makes it so that even if you were going to use it in a middle school library (which is probably the level of reader who might tolerate the writing) now it’s out of place.
MS, HS-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.