May 17, 2015

City Love Tour: Author Guest Post + Giveaway

City Love
Author: Susane Colasanti
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books


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.
Why do you write contemporary YA?

High school was the worst time of my life. I was bullied for being an outsider. I was a poor kid at the rich kid school, a hardcore science nerd, that weird girl who wrote song lyrics on her sneakers before writing on your sneakers was a thing. My hometown is Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey, a small, remote village in the middle of the woods. Nothing ever happened there. Nothing ever changed. I felt completely isolated and alone. I had a group of friends, but I didn’t really feel connected to them. I felt like no one understood me and that I wouldn’t find my people until after I left for college.

Books were my real friends. And the characters in them were my people.

I started thinking seriously about writing a teen novel in seventh grade. That’s when we had the read The Outsiders, the only book I had to read for English in six years of junior high and high school that I actually loved. I immediately related to those boys because I was an outsider, too. My goal was to one day write a teen novel that would help make other teens feel less alone the way that book helped me. I wanted to reach out to teens and let them know that they were not alone, they were understood, and that each of them could create the happy life they wanted to be living.

Around the same time, I knew I was going to be become a science teacher. Not just that I wanted to be a teacher. That I would be a teacher. My destiny was crystal clear and I couldn’t wait to get started. But those six years of junior high and high school were the longest years of my life. Every minute felt like an hour, every hour felt like a day, and one day could feel like a year. The thing that helped me survive the most was hope. Hope that one day I could turn my big dreams into reality. Hope that, if I just kept holding on, I would eventually get to live in New York City where I could be the best version of myself. Where I could be happy and free and create a shiny new life that wasn’t defined by my past. That is the life I am living now. And I am grateful every day that I never, ever gave up.

I resigned from teaching in 2007 to become a full-time author. I absolutely love what I do. Of course I also loved teaching, but I can reach many more teens as an author than I could as a teacher. Contemporary, realistic fiction has always been the genre I related to the most as a reader. I try to write the same kinds of YA novels I would have wanted to read as a teen. Hopefully the books I write are reaching out to teens and inspiring them to dream big, never give up, and reassuring every single one of them that they are not alone.
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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.

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