when explicit content happens

How much do I love this cover of the UK edition of When It Happens?

When It Happens by Susane Colasanti, UK edition

So. Freaking. Much.

First off, it’s bright pink in person. Like neon pink. The pink is so bright you have to wear shades. How do I know this? My fabulous Scholastic UK editor sent me a copy. Thanks, Helen!

Then there’s the design. Totally unique and catchy. And some of the images are taken right from the book, like the dime, yin-yang, and diner sign. Plus the adorbs T&S heart (which I guess is English for T+S).

But actually? My favorite part is the explicit content warning sticker. That is so badass. Slap some parental advisory stickers up in here! When the book came out in 2006, I remember my editor at the time saying that it might get a similar warning for librarians. I don’t remember how that played out. The important thing is that I wrote the story that was in my heart. The uncensored, honest story of when true love happens. I wrote every detail of how euphoric first love feels without worrying about what the grownups would think. And I’m so happy I did.

When It Happens is out now in the UK. I believe the UK edition of So Much Closer drops in September. Hopefully, there will be more to come!

fifth annual ginormous contest

Keep Holding On comes out in two weeks! You know what that means.

It’s time for my Fifth Annual Ginormous Contest. And yay, it’s international! Anyone can enter!

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

My goal in writing any book is to reach out to readers and help them feel less alone. With Keep Holding On, I felt that goal was even more important. This book focuses on the consequences of bullying. It deals with heavy topics such as neglect and suicide. The story was inspired by my own experiences being bullied as a teen. I know what it’s like to be in survival mode, when every minute feels like a year and hope is the only thing that keeps you holding on. That’s why this year’s Ginormous Contest theme is hope.

To enter this contest, create an image with text that will inspire others to hope. Your image should motivate others to stay strong and never give up.

Here’s an example I found online for the So Much Closer paperback release. Although it’s not quite right for this contest, the way the text and image work together evokes a strong feeling of longing and desire for connection:

So Much Closer

Your entry should use text and an image (or images) to inspire hope in anyone who sees it.


1. First prize – a signed hardcover of Keep Holding On, plus signed paperbacks of So Much Closer and Something Like Fate
2. Second prize – a signed hardcover of Keep Holding On and a signed paperback of So Much Closer
3. Third prize –  a signed hardcover of Keep Holding On

To enter:

1. Create an image with text that will inspire others to hope. You may use an existing image as long as you make it original in some way (e.g. changing colors, adding design elements). The text may be a quote or your own message.

2. Email your entry to me at susanecolasanti[at]gmail[dot]com. Please include your full name and mailing address with your entry.


Entries must be received by Friday, May 25 at 11:11 pm.

Let the hope begin!

keep holding on book tour

Keep Holding On comes out three weeks from today. Which means it’s almost time for my book tour!

Before I post the schedule, I have to apologize. I really, really wanted this tour to be huge. I wanted to visit lots of states and meet as many readers as possible. But then I bought an apartment. I’m moving at the end of June. The apartment will be undergoing major renovations from now until my moving date. Which means I have to stay close in case anything happens. One thing I’ve learned about renovating so far is that minor emergencies come up all the time. Just this morning I was dealing with 16 boxes of tiles that couldn’t be delivered. So I had to make this tour local and on the smaller side. I’m incredibly sad about this, you guys. Please forgive me.

This tour is good news if you’re in New York, New Jersey, or the Boston area. If you’re not, I hope next year’s tour will be MUCH bigger and that I can visit you where you are! It looks like I’ll be coming to Chicago this fall. And I believe some other events before next May are in the works. I will def keep you posted. But for now, here’s my Keep Holding On book tour schedule:

Keep Holding On Book Tour

May 31, 2012 – 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY  11514
Pub day reading, Q&A, and signing

June 2, 2012 – 1:30-3:00 pm
Book Ends
559 Main Street
Winchester, MA  01890
Town Day event

June 6, 2012 – 3:30-4:00 pm
Table 25
Formal signing

June 9, 2012 – 11:00 am
Books & Greetings
271 Livingston Street
Northvale, NJ  07647
Teen lit panel

June 14, 2012 – 6:00 pm
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY  10011
Summer Love panel

June 15, 2012 – 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
Princeton Marketfair, 3535 US Route 1
Princeton, NJ  08540
Anti-bullying discussion

June 16, 2012 – 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Merritt Bookstore
57 Front Street
Millbrook, NY  12545
Millbrook Literary Festival – panel and signing

June 20, 2012 – 4:15 pm
Merrick Library Annex
2369 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566
Beach Bag Book Club – discussion, Q&A, and signing

Again, my apologies for this local tour. Let’s hope next time makes up for it.

Looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it to one of these events!

where the light is

Congrats to the winners of my So Much Closer paperback contest, Alicia Marie E. and Christina F.! And congrats to last week’s warm fuzzy Twitter giveaway winner, Kendall F. I have one more big contest coming up where you can win signed Keep Holding On hardcovers. So please check back for my Fifth Annual Ginormous Contest next week. And good news – it’s international!

You guys. Keep Holding On comes out on May 31. Which is in three weeks. Which is so freaking exciting after waiting forever for it to come out. But it’s also making me a bit stressed. I’m always stressed before a book release, worrying about how it’s going to do and if my readers will like it. My publicist has been working really hard to help Keep Holding On hit the New York Times list. So that’s adding to many late nights of noisy brain. I just want this book to reach as many teens as possible, and hitting the list is an excellent way to increase exposure. Regular readers of this blog know I’m all about dreaming big. And that creative visualization is an important part of my life. I’ve been visualizing Keep Holding On at #9 on the list. We shall see!

More reviews of Keep Holding On are up. Mundie Moms said, “This story totally broke my heart, bothered me to no end because of some of the things that happen in this book, moved me to tears, and left me feeling hopeful for Noelle. This story is an eye opener. It’s one that will move readers as much as it will inspire them.” In her beautifully written reflection, The Reviews News said, “I was addicted and terrified of Susane’s words. They crippled and crushed and dared me to hope. They were so real I could barely stand it.” Thanks for your sweet words, ladies. I’m touched.

You might be wondering what’s going on with the apartment I bought last month. The short answer is: lots of planning. My new floors and tiles have arrived. I’m ordering fixtures for the bathroom and kitchen tomorrow. The walk-in closets and built-ins have been designed. This will be an almost complete gut renovation. I’m more than ready for my contractor (the one who looks exactly like Zach Braff) to start ripping everything out! But there’s all this paperwork that has to be submitted. And waiting. And more waiting. When the waiting ends and the work begins (next week? please?) I will be sharing the progress with you. And of course before and after pics when the apartment is done. For the record, I am moving on June 28 whether the work is done or not. Hoping that I’ll have some floors to walk on by then.

Between apartment stuff and new book release stuff and deadline stuff, there’s been a decent amount of anxiety flying around. But what I realize is that all of this stuff is exciting stuff. I’m thankful every day for this life, for the chance to live in my favorite city and the opportunity to write books for you. Being thankful keeps me where the light is.

A lot of amazing things are happening. I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks bring.


After waiting forever, I’m so happy that Keep Holding On is coming out this month! We don’t have to keep holding on much longer until May 31 is here.

Pub month will bring lots of exciting things to share with you, like a behind the scenes feature about the cover photo shoot. The guy model contacted me a while ago. I’m hoping that he’ll share some memories of that day with us. A video, playlist, and my Fifth Annual Ginormous Contest are all coming up. I’ll also be posting my book tour schedule soon, so please check back next week for that.

For now, here’s a new review of Keep Holding On, in which Natalie says, “Meeting characters like Noelle make me believe again that I should keep holding on and never give up. That I’m not alone.” And here’s an interview with me at Meet the Author.

Since Keep Holding On is my most personal book yet, I wanted to share the dedication page with you. My goal for this book is to have it reach out to as many teens in need as possible. I want this book to help my readers feel less alone. And to know that they have the power to make their lives better. Starting now.

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti dedication

Keep breathing…

paperback birthday

Thanks for all of your sweet birthday wishes! It’s been a super fun, chill, refreshing day so far. The day started out dark and rainy, but the rain only made this day better. I rocked my big yellow How I Met Your Mother umbrella. I had my post-op appointment where my doctor gave me the green light to go back to the gym tonight. Cannot wait to return to Zumba! And lifting. And abs. I’ve been feeling like a marshmallow. A puffy, lazy marshmallow. It will be good to dance with my girls again.

While I was on the Upper West earlier, I walked along Central Park West. That’s always a Zen walk for me. I stopped by Strawberry Fields and connected with the Imagine mosaic. Just something I like to do on reflective days for perspective. Then I went to Barnes & Noble to sign copies of So Much Closer. It’s out in paperback today! You can read a synopsis and reviews of the book, plus find ordering links here. And there’s still time to enter my contest to win a signed copy here.

The paperback edition has bonus material like Q&A, a playlist, and my inspiration for writing the book. For those of you wondering where I get my ideas, I shared my inspiration for So Much Closer in this video:

And here’s the adorable book trailer:

Wishing you a May filled with light, love, and happy times.