“City Love” by Susane Colasanti

City Love

City Love tells the stories of Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna, three college freshmen who are living together in New York City before starting their first year at University of New York in the fall. Sadie has lived in New York City all of her life (fans of Colasanti may remember her as Brooke’s friend in So Much Closer) and at her internship at the Department of City Planning, Sadie finally meets her dream boy.

Darcy is from California, and she is determined to just have fun during the summer until she meets a boy that is head-over-heels for her and she is conflicted whether to risk having her heart broken again or to not even give him a chance.

Rosanna is from Chicago, and she comes from a household that has never had much money. A rich boy takes interest in her and continually takes her out to the most expensive places in town, and she is not used to his wealthy lifestyle. These three girls may have different personalities, but they quickly become friends as they ask each other for advice concerning their love lives.

In the situation Colasanti paints, most girls can relate to all three of the female characters. Sadie is the sweet, girl-next-door who is always positive and just wants to find love. Darcy is trying to forget her ex-boyfriend, so she becomes fun, cool, and she keeps her relationships short to avoid future heartbreak. Rosanna has never had any money, and she has dealt with abuse in the past, so she is uncomfortable when a wealthy guy takes interest in her and wants to be in a relationship. The book also switches perspectives between the three girls, so each of their stories is told equally throughout the novel. There is an in-depth perspective from each character rather than having a general third-person point of view or one singular first person point of view, which gives the book more depth.  Colasanti keeps the reader waiting for the second book in the City Love series, Lost in Love (available May 3, 2016), with a twist at the end that will certainly make readers impatient for the next novel. Fans of Susane Colasanti or of contemporary young adult romance will certainly enjoy this recent release.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Caylee P.

“I am Princess X” by Cherie Priest

I am Princess X

In fifth grade, two girls named Libby and May created the character Princess X: a dark haired young girl who wears a pink puffy dress, red Chuck Taylors, and wields a purple katana sword. Both girls became best friends and created stories together with Princess X as the main character until Libby died when the girls were fourteen. The Princess X story collection was lost when Libby’s dad moved away, but three years later May finds a Princess X sticker stuck on a building window when she goes to visit her dad in Seattle. She finds that Princess X has her own webcomic, but the author of the webcomic is unknown. She recruits amateur hacker Patrick Hobbs to help her with her search. May becomes convinced that Libby is the author of the webcomic after seeing various allusions to her childhood with Libby. May and Patrick then go on the hunt to find Libby and to solve the mystery of her disappearance once and for all.

This book contains a mystery that uses a creative and modern method that teens can relate to. The Internet webcomic involving Princess X is like a treasure map, but May and Patrick have to interpret it to find who took Libby and where she is hiding. Throughout the book, there are brief segments of the webcomic so it makes the reader feel like they are reading it along with May and that feature adds a unique element to the novel. There were some moments where the book gets serious, especially towards the end, but it does not get as dark as some other teen mystery books. The general feel of the book is very hopeful, but the reader can still feel the urgency in the novel as the antagonist gets on May and Patrick’s tail in the second half of the book. Overall, any teen that enjoys reading mystery novels should check out Princess X.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Caylee P.