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ARC Review & GIVEAWAY! City Love

“Three different teenage girls learn to navigate their hearts and NYC. City Love is the start of a romantic new series for fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and the Carrie Diaries, from bestselling author Susane Colasanti.

Roommates Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna have big plans for their summer before college. Sadie is looking for love, Darcy is living for the next adventure, and Rosanna is reinventing herself. There will be plenty of distractions – irresistible guys, wrong guys, awkward encounters, 2 a.m. breakfasts, fangirl moments, Nasty Girl, and more – but if they look upย they will discover the true meaning of city love.”

I was sent this book by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. They also sent some glitter chalk (!!!) so check out #CityLove on Instagram to see what messages people are writing in their cities. And because HarperCollins sent me two copies of City Love, I’m giving one away – make sure to enter the giveaway below!

I was really intrigued by the premise of this book – friends in the big city! Such potential for adventure, and I love a friendship story, especially when it’s a strong female friendship. So I was excited to read this, even though I’m picky about contemporary. I must admit that it wasn’t quite my cup of tea. The characters felt a bit unrealistic, and their friendship took a backseat to insta-love.

BUT! I’m not totally writing this one off. I don’t usually abide by intended audience age ranges, but I think this is one of those cases where it should be heeded. It’s entirely possible (and honestly just likely the case) that I’m too old to fully appreciate this book. I think that high school aged readers will likely enjoy City Love much more, as they face their post-high school future with similar excitement as the main characters. I’m giving my 14 year-old cousin a copy, and I’m 100% confident that she’ll love it. If you want an easy read about friends in New York and that feeling of “anything is possible” we all had before college, you should pick this up. I fully expect City Love to pop up on “best beach reads” list this year!

I’m giving away one ARC copy of City Love. US residents only. Fill out the Rafflecopter below!

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