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Susane Colasanti

Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker


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Susane Colasanti is the bestselling and acclaimed author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, Now and Forever, and the City Love series.

Colasanti received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Physics Education from New York University. She had always had a thing for astronomy, even owning her own telescope and sketching the moon and planets. Her seventh grade science teacher inspired her so much that she knew she wanted to become a science teacher at 12 years old. She began teaching on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and then became a high school teacher of Physics and Earth Science in the South Bronx.

Shortly after she began teaching, Colasanti made an executive decision to dedicate the next chapter of her life to a new venture. While she was teaching, Colasanti wrote When It Happens and Take Me There. With a life mission of reaching out to teens, making them feel less alone, and improving their lives, Colasanti devoted herself to a career of writing teen novels.

Colasanti’s most recent project, the City Love trilogy, explores the friendships and moments in New York City of Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna. Told from alternating points of view, City Love (Katherine Tegen Books) 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. The final book of the City Love trilogy, Forever in Love (Katherine Tegen Books), will be released July 2017.

Colasanti’s purpose in life is to help teens feel less alone and inspire them to be their most amazing selves. With the success of her books, Colasanti is realizing a dream by reaching more teens than she ever imagined.

Praise for Susane Colasanti:

"Susane Colasanti is an amazing teen speaker. She is incredibly energetic and really connected with the audience by sharing her experiences and being honest about how difficult life can be sometimes. After hearing her talk about how she overcame difficulties in life, the teens were genuinely interested in setting goals and brainstorming how to achieve them. Her message of staying focused on what you want out of life despite what life throws at you is a great one for teens to hear. She developed a great rapport with the teens during her presentation and afterwards made sure to talk to everybody who came up to her."
--Melissa Murphy, Teen Librarian, Meriden Public Library

“Colasanti obviously remembers the kind of love that makes your insides churn, belly flips and all. Her take on young romance is insightful, fresh and fun, her characters fully formed and likable.”
--The Washington Post

“Colasanti presents an authentic picture of how complicated it is to be a teenager, especially one in love.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Colasanti has a knack of sustaining the heart‐pounding suspense of young love for the length of a novel while managing to make it read, charmingly, like a conversation.”
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Colasanti’s attention to detail is what makes her readers return.”
--Boston Herald

“Susane Colasanti’s bestselling books strike a chord with teenage girls…because they shine a light on the angst, worries, dreams, and passion of youth.”
--The Huffington Post


Praise for City Love:

“Smart girl chick-lit.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will feel the strong, vibrant pulse of city life as Colasanti traces the romantic encounters of three incoming college freshman, who are as enamored with their West Village neighborhood and newfound independence as they are with the boys who steal their hearts.”
-- Publishers Weekly

“This book is pure romance.”
--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“The strength of this work lies in its reverence for New York City culture and its ability to capture the excitement of embarking on a new adventure.”
--School Library Journal