lost in love cover reveal

Here we go! Epic Reads revealed the cover of Lost in Love, book two of the City Love trilogy. So I can finally share it here with you!

Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti

You guys. This is my favorite cover of the three. Yes, I have already seen the cover of book three and yes, they are all gorgeous. But there is just something about the cover of Lost in Love that is so evocative. This cover is moody and ethereal and perfectly captures the tone of the book. Snaps for Erin Fitzsimmons and her magnificent cover design team at HarperCollins!

If you read City Love, you might have noticed some cliffhangers. I wanted book one of the series to end on such a powerful note that readers felt compelled to read book two. Thanks to all of you who have reached out to me on social with your excitement to see where those cliffhangers go. I especially loved this post on Twitter:

City Love cliffhanger feels

That was exactly the kind of anticipation I was hoping to inspire with the cliffhangers. Hopefully book two will keep those sweet anticipation feels swirling on.

What happens in Lost in Love? Of course I can’t reveal any spoilers. But here’s the synopsis, which hints at some next things to come.


Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna have quickly learned that living together in the city that never sleeps means NYC magic, boy adventures, and unexpected moments that will bond them for life…and summer is just heating up.

Sadie was positive she met her soul mate after having the Knowing about Austin. He’s dreamy, smart, and amazing in every way the perfect boyfriend should be. But after she discovers Austin’s secret, Sadie is crushed and left wondering if she even knows him at all. Will her eternal optimism shatter?

Darcy is all about being Summer Fun Darcy this summer. But when her ex moves to New York City to win her back, she suddenly has two boys trying to be more than a summer fling. Even if Darcy discovers her true heart’s desire, is she ready for something real?

Rosanna has gone from seventy-three cents to living the high life. Her boyfriend loves to treat her to the finer things, and as the two of them grow closer the only thing he wants in return is for Rosanna to open up to him. But telling him everything includes memories she wants to forget. Will she let him in…or will Rosanna’s past catch up with her first?

In Lost in Love, the second book in the City Love trilogy, bestselling author Susane Colasanti weaves a story of first love, first heartbreak, and everything in between.


Lost in Love is available for pre-ordering on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. It will be out in the world on May 3, 2016!

Read on, friendly neighbors <3

help wanted 3

Want relationship advice? Then yay, because a fresh Help Wanted is up!

Help Wanted is my Q&A advice series in which I answer your questions and try to provide answers that are remotely helpful. In this new video, I answer your relationship questions about letting go, moving on, and prioritizing the most important parts of your life.

And yes, I am dorktastic as usual.

You can totally post your questions for future Help Wanted in the video comments, or email them to me at susanecolasanti at gmail.

Shine on, rock stars <3

the even advisory system

One reason I love interacting with you guys on social is that some of you know the kind of quirky stuff I adore. To the point that you will send me things that are so me I can’t believe I didn’t think of them first.

A perfect example is this Even Advisory System, shared by friendly neighbor Greg H. on Twitter:

The Even Advisory System

I wrote a decent amount of “I can’t with that”, “I can’t even”, and “I can’t” into Take Me There. That was back in 2007. At the time, this slang was on the newer side. My editor and copyeditor didn’t quite know how to handle it. They were like, “Can’t with what?” and “Is there a word missing at the end?” But I stuck with this supreme slang because it was just too good not to.

It’s been eight years since I left teaching to write full-time, but I still miss geeking out over shiny new school supplies. I also miss that sense of a fresh start filled with infinite potential. It’s a transient sensation that can only be captured in September. By October, the freshness has gone stale, and the motivation you had when school started has succumbed to boredom (for students) and exhaustion (for teachers).

Even if you did not go back to school this month, you can still harness the power of that fresh start with the Even Advisory System. How? By completing each prompt to create five statements expressing how much you can’t, then identifying five solutions to mitigate their severity.

I’ll start.

  • I can’t with summer ending. Fact: There are seven days left of summer until the autumnal equinox on September 23. Solution: Enjoy the eff out of them.
  • I can’t even with the upcoming lack of summer fruit. Fact: You might find berries and melons in the winter, but they will not taste good. Solution: Inhale as many pints of berries and entire melons as I can while they are still edible.
  • I just can’t even with people who cross the street when an ambulance or fire truck is coming right at them. Fact: Sirens exist for a reason, but not everyone’s reasoning skills are sharp. Solution: Point out that an emergency vehicle is coming to people who are about to demonstrate a sad lack of awareness.
  • I cannot with people who litter. Fact: The earth is not a garbage can. Solution: Run after people who toss garbage on the sidewalk, pick up their straw wrapper / gum wrapper / napkin, hand it back to them and be like, “I think you dropped something.”
  • I literally can’t even with negative energy. Fact: Haters gonna hate, but I have no time for anyone throwing shade. Solution: Minimize exposure to negative energy just as I would with any other toxic health risk.

Feeling much better already!

Have fun working your own system, friendly neighbors :)

top five, endless summer edition

Oh hey. How did it get to be the last day of August? Isn’t it so annoying when summer does that to you? The way the end always sneaks up on you, every freaking time, like a beach fling you know you shouldn’t have because it will make the end of summer even more painful when you have to say goodbye, but is too much fun to resist? That’s August. Every freaking time.

Apologies for my radio silence up in here. I have been sequestered for pretty much all of August starting to write the first draft of City Love, book three. Which blows my mind. Book one of the trilogy came out this summer and I’m already writing the final book?! Yeah, we’re always working way ahead in the writing/publishing world. Plus I’m working on a top secret project that I can hopefully share some good news about with you soon. So my August was super busy, which I loved. I was determined to hold on to summer with the strongest possible grasp by avoiding any and all back-to-school ads. But the calendar won that battle and now here we are. Some of you have already gone back to school. Some of you went back, like, weeks ago. Which also blows my mind.

The fun part about doing a writing retreat without actually going anywhere is that you don’t miss anything. Here’s a snapshot of my August. I am determined to make this summer endless by extending these sparkly summer feels for as long as I can.

1. Have you seen my new animal obsession? I just discovered him when my friend Careen went to Chile and reported back on all the cool desert wildlife. Meet the viscacha.


Look how cute! Look how fat and fluffy! He looks kind of like a bunny, but he is actually a type of chinchilla. Obsessed. With. Viscachas.

2. David Levithan’s new book, Another Day, is out in the world. I had been anticipating this one so hard I almost burst into tears when I finally held it (and sniffed the pages; fine aroma). Another Day is a companion piece to Every Day, telling the story from Rhiannon’s point of view. When David was first working on this book, I saw him at a festival in Texas. It’s funny how sometimes you can live near a friend but might have to go to Texas to catch up. So we were talking and I asked him what he was working on. When he told me about Another Day, my chin hit the floor so hard it must have registered at least a 5.0 on the Richter scale (meaning everyone felt it). Because holy crap. I shared how I felt about Every Day with you…and now there was going to be a companion? *major feels*

I am actually still anticipating Another Day. One reason is that I’m finishing Carolyn Mackler’s new book, Infinite in Between, which comes out tomorrow (congrats, Carolyn!) and is dazzling. But mainly I can’t decide what to do with myself. Do I try to read it like a normal person reading a book? Do I read Every Day again first? I could even go chapter by chapter, comparing the two books. At his launch event last week, David told me that the best approach is to have some distance between the two books. So I will follow his advice, as I suspect he knows what he is talking about.

David Levithan and Susane Colasanti at the Another Day launch event

Here we are at the launch event. Yet another day in which David Levithan shows us what it looks like to be both adorable and brilliant. Cheers to that.

3. In other book news, Candy Magazine listed both Another Day and City Love as 10 YA Novels You Definitely Need to Read. Loving all the excellent company! Caterfee Reviews said this about City Love: “This book was absolutely breathtaking and captivating. I don’t think a book has affected me so much in my life before.” And We Think Loudly said, “From romance to understanding self worth, Colasanti knows the best advice to give any teen,” in this interview. Thanks to everyone for the sparkly warm fuzzies!

4. Oh wait, there’s more book news. During my Facebook Q&A last week, Gavin C. asked the following: “Do you already have a title for the second book of City Love and also when it will be released?” I decided to bust out the good news right then. Book two of the City Love trilogy is Lost in Love. It will be released on May 3, 2016. Please stay tuned for the cover reveal! It is absolutely gorgeous.

5. Want a good way to extend those sweet summer feels into an endless summer? Make summer resolutions! Mine include laying out until the last warm day of September, wearing flip-flops in October, and making s’mores in November. I refuse to be constrained within the confines of a calendar. Let’s carry this endless summer in our hearts.

Endless summer nights

I will remember August like this. Not as an ending to the summer, but as the beginning of this next exciting chapter in our lives. The journey continues and anything is possible.

Stay gold, friendly neighbors <3

you are not alone

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Facebook Q&A last week! It was super fun. So fun that I’m planning another one for later this summer with an international giveaway of City Love. Thanks also to No BS Book Reviews for taking it all off in this City Love edition of Novel Nudity. And this Justin’s Book Blog interview in which I was asked only one question: How has your life impacted your writing? I could have rambled forever on that one!

There was one question during the Q&A that I started to answer, but decided to answer more completely here when it was taking up too much time. Catherine S. asked, “What advice do you have for dealing with loneliness?”

I know what it’s like to feel so alone that you can hardy breathe. To feel like no one will ever love you or even understand you. To feel like you will never have a true best friend or find people who are really your people. Feeling alone makes everything in your life an enormous struggle. Things that seem easy for everyone else are almost impossible for you. You feel like you’re living in a foreign country where you can’t speak the language and don’t know the local customs. I wish I could have told myself back then what I know now. But I can tell you, and if you are feeling alone, hopefully it will help.

Here’s the first thing I need you to know: You are not alone. This phrase gets thrown around a lot. Kind of like It gets better and You are loved. These three encouragements would have done pretty much nothing to make me feel better in my teen years. My argument would have shot them down like this: Yes I am totally alone, things getting better later does nothing to help me now, and no one loves me. I felt so trapped in my small world that it was extremely difficult to see the bigger picture.

The thing that helped me survive the most in high school was hope. Hope that I would eventually create a happy life. That life felt like it was a million years away, but I knew it was actually four years away, then three, then two. Senior year was much easier since every experience was the last. The best advice I can offer is to find your hope. What do you hope for that will make your life better? Carry that hope in your heart. Remind yourself of that hope every morning, every night, and as many times during the day as you need to. Believe with everything you are that what you hope for will happen. Hope is a really good reason to keep holding on.

You are the architect of your own destiny. That means whatever you are hoping for is in your hands. Your actions in this present moment are shaping your future life. How will you achieve your most important goals? What can you start doing right now to begin working towards turning your dreams into reality? Identify at least one thing you can do every day that will bring you a step closer to achieving your goals. Then make that action a daily priority. Taking control of the things you can in a situation where so much is out of your control will make you feel more connected to your world, and inspire you to build connections with new people who are on your wavelength.

Books were my best friends in high school. My favorite time of day was after school when I could go home and read on my bed. Books, shows, movies, and of course music saved me. They made me feel less alone. Because even if I was only connecting with characters in books and on TV, that sense of connection and validation helped me feel understood. The work that authors, show writers, directors, and musicians were creating inspired me. They gave me safe places. They gave me a sense of community. Now you can go online and find actual communities of people who love what you do. Find your happy. Let the things that make you happy show you that people are out there who are dealing with the same challenges you are.

Are there already people in your life who want to help you, but you’re not letting them in? I kept my high school friends at a distance. There were so many embarrassing parts of my life I was too busy hiding from my friends to show them the real me. But if I had opened up to them, I would have realized that I was not alone. And I was already loved. And it could have gotten better just by reaching out to the people who were right in front of me.

Volunteer work helped me feel less alone in high school. I was a candy striper and a Girl Scout leader-in-training, both of which gave me a sense of purpose and places to belong. Find your people in the places you love. If you love bookstores, coffeehouses, and parks, your people love them, too. Connect with them. Build new friendships. Do not let fear hold you back. A world of possibility is waiting for you to discover abundant happiness. What are you waiting for?

You are loved.

It gets better.

You are not alone.

top five, july edition

Welcome July! July really is the best month of summer. It’s usually warm without too many hot days. It’s not August with the impending sense of summer vacay coming to an end. July is an entire month to live on your own terms, chill days to kick back included.

Here are some things July is bringing.

1. I will be doing my first Facebook Q&A tomorrow, July 2, 7:00-8:00pm EST on my Facebook page. Everyone who asks a question will be entered to win this signed copy of City Love.

Susane Colasanti with City Love

The winning address must be in the US, but everyone is welcome to participate. I’m happy to answer any questions you have about life, love, writing…anything at all. Hope to see you then!

2. Speaking of City Love, Too Many Books Not Enough Shelves posted this sweet review. Can we please get this girl some more shelf space? Savvy Naddy’s review contains a LOT of spoilers, so proceed with caution!

3. As of today, Styrofoam is banned in New York City. That is freaking awesome news. Every time I see one of those horribly disrespectful coffee cups (because, duh, we’re the only ones who can protect our planet), I want to scream. Styrofoam is a massive problem. It’s not recyclable, takes up tons of landfill space, and contaminates waterways. Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. have already prohibited the use of this nasty product. Here’s hoping more states step up to advocate for this important step in protecting our environment!

4. I adore this diagram for combining two of my fave things: moon phases and watermelon.

Melon PhasesSee, this is yet another reason why I have the best readers. A reader knew I would love this and shared it with me on Twitter. How amazing is she?

5. Summertime is amusement park time. And you know I get down with Disco Cookie.

Susane Colasanti with Disco Cookie

Going back to Sesame Place 33 years later was a fun full-circle moment. Something tells me July will bring a few more of those.

Wishing this summer is your best one ever, friendly neighbors :D

harperaudio presents city love

Interviews rule. Especially ones you can actually listen to. That’s why I’m stoked about this podcast interview HarperAudio Presents did with me right before City Love came out.

Here’s the interview description:

Hear bestselling author Susane Colasanti talk about her new book City Love, the story of sisterhood in NYC – three girls move in together for a summer of adventure, romantic love, and self-discovery. Susane tells us what a soul mate is – and isn’t, how the hope for a happy life got her through miserable years in high school, and the power of being exactly who you are.

Can your BF be a soul mate even if he doesn’t rinse the dishes? Listen and find out :)

You can hear this interview on SoundCloud or iTunes. And you can find my interview archives on the Press page of my website.