Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.
Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn't resist, she may find herself in city love.Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl's life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.
Describe City Love in 5 words.
Realistic, passionate, quirky, intense, hopeful
Has your writing process changed from writing your first book to writing your most recent release?
One thing that’s thankfully changed is that it no longer takes me ten years to get a book published! My first book, When It Happens, took ten years from the time I began writing the first draft to the time the book was published. Nine teen novels later, I’m used to a much better schedule of having one book published per year. This is mostly due to the fact that I’ve been a full-time author since 2007. I wrote my first two books while I was teaching and it was exhausting! Now I can write a first draft in five months and do two or three revisions. When It Happens needed seven revisions…and the Jaws of Life.
What are your favorite things to do in NYC, the setting of City Love?
My favorite neighborhood is the West Village. That’s where the City Love girls are sharing an apartment the summer before college begins. The West Village is beautiful, radiant with history and gorgeous architecture and quaint curvy streets. I lived there for a long time and felt extremely grateful to be there every day, even on my bad days. But that’s the power of this city. New York City is my drug of choice. The energy here makes me feel alive.
One simple thing I love doing is going for long walks down Hudson River Park along the river. I usually go for walks with a friend who understands about the energy. There is just something about that walk that is immensely rejuvenating. I feel intense nostalgia combined with excitement for the infinite possibilities this city brings every single time I take that walk. That energy inspired the scene in City Love where Sadie takes Austin for the same walk. Aside from walking everywhere (New Yorkers are big walkers!), I also love chilling in coffeeshops, looking up to notice details I’ve never seen before, and of course being on the High Line, another key location in City Love.
For the povs, did you write the story in the same order that it’s told or one girl’s pov at a time?
I wrote this book from beginning to end, alternating perspectives. Staying true to each girl’s voice was more challenging that way. So I took breaks in between chapters to get into the next girl’s head. I would play music she loved, or watch a video that reminded me of her, or just review her character notes. That way when I started the next chapter in her voice, I was ready to roll.
I saw that you used to be a high school science teacher. Do any of your books involve aspects of the science that you taught?
They all do! Which is so funny because I never intentionally start writing a new book like, “I am totally including fun facts about meteorology in this one” or anything. The science naturally finds its way into each story, usually related to a cute or quirky character trait. Seth’s favorite moon phase is waxing crescent in All I Need. And he loves explaining why to Skye. I just adore that about him.
What are some of your favorite books and authors from your childhood? What there a particular book that inspired your love for reading?
The Little Prince was, and always will be, my favorite children’s book. It’s a book you can read every few years from age five to ninety-five and take something new away from it every time. I also adored (and still adore) Eric Carle and Leo Lionni’s picture books. Serendipity and Frog and Toad were awesome series. I read Lafcadio by Shel Silverstein so many times I practically had it memorized. All of those books profoundly inspired my love of reading. In fourth grade, I was obsessed with Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh. I had spy notebooks and even had a spy route like Harriet. Which is not easy to pull off when you live in the middle of the woods and houses are like ten miles apart. I still remember my spy code name. Sorry I can’t share it, though. It’s top secret for life.
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Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, and Now and Forever. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City.
The first book of Susane's City Love trilogy will be released on April 21, 2015.