“Skye spends every summer with her parents at their beach house, and every year she hopes to find that one life-changing love. It never happens. At least, not until the summer Seth wanders into her parent’s end of the summer beach party. There’s an instant connection between the two of them, and they end up spending the next two days with each other. The night before Seth is set to leave for college, they agree to meet to say goodbye and exchange contact info. Skye shows up, but Seth doesn’t, leaving Skye to wonder if she’d been played.
A year passes, and all Skye and Seth can do is think about one another. Seth is sure Skye never got the note he left for her, and Skye wonders if she’ll see Seth again when she arrives at the beach house. She knows in her heart that Seth is the one for her, but does he feel the same?
There’s something about a summer romance that I love (I know — SHOCKER!). I went into this one with very high hopes, and while I liked the story okay, I wanted a lot more depth. I liked how it began, and I liked the spark between Skye and Seth. While there was a definite case of insta-love here, I went with it, mainly because I knew from the synopsis that I was going to get just that. Where the story fell flat for me was in the execution. There are severe time jumps in the novel which left me feeling a bit disoriented. While I got what Ms. Colasanti was going for, it felt very jarring. The book covers the span of two years in a short amount of time, and I never felt I got enough time to “get” why Skye and Seth missed one another as much as they did. It was also very clear where the story was going, and there wasn’t as much tension as I would have liked.
The story is told from Seth and Skye’s alternating viewpoints. I liked seeing both sides of the story and I felt Ms. Colasanti captured their voices well. When it came down to it, I felt I knew Seth better. Maybe it was just because I was able to relate to him more. I liked Skye okay, I just never really connected with her. I liked her more from Seth’s viewpoint than I did when I was reading from hers.
All I Need had a promising premise, but sadly, for me, it was just an okay read. It didn’t have that tug that I wanted, and I wasn’t left really feeling anything by the end. If you are looking for a light, summer romance I would recommend this one. Personally, I much preferred Michelle Dalton’s Sixteenth Summer which was released a couple of years ago. To me, it’s a better “summer love”/boy meets girl and they’re not sure if they’ll see one another again, type of romance.”