Just Like Fateby Cat Patrick, Suzanne Young (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse on August 27th
Genres: Contemporary, Parallel Realities, Young Adult
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Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life.
The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both.
Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted.
Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending...
Recently books that deal with alternate universes or, different realities and paths are becoming more and more popular. When then two famous amazing authors like Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young join forces to write such a book, it’s eve more exciting! Just Like Fate felt like a similar concept as Pivot Point, which I absolutely adored!
I made a different choice back then? We all have asked ourselves this before and in “Just Like Fate” we actually explore two choices. Caroline has two choices at the night of her beloved Grandma’s death – either stay with her until the end, or leave with her friend for a party. Now I must point out that Caroline had no way of knowing her Grandma would actually die this night, and she was devasted that she was so sick and wouldn’t recover. So, for me both her choices made sense. Getting out to forget for a few minutest the desperation and utter sadness or stay and wait, even though no one knew when it would be the end…
Caroline – a Runner, not ready to face her problems!
I guess Caroline will split the readers, because she is a runner, she likes to run from her problems instead of facing them. Personally, I think that made Caroline incredibly real and genuine as not everyone likes to face a problem and if there is a way out, there are lots of people who would take this opportunity. But I can see why some people might not like Caroline. Sure, sometimes I could also have strangled her, but in the end this whole story is also about the growth of Caroline to become someone who deals with problems instead of running. I found this approach truly genuine and real, which is why I truly loved this book!
Two Storylines woven seamlessly into one!
I really liked the way these two authors explored the two possibilities, as each chapter was labels with either “stay” or “go” so we immediately knew where we are. In one storyline, Caroline finally gets what she always wanted; the long time crush finally shows interest in her. In the other storyline she meets the wonderful College boy Chris. But I’m getting to the romance in a second! The way the authors handled both situation was great and effortless but most of all it was understandable and not confusing. It’s always a very fine line when dealing with parallel realities and storylines but these two authors managed it perfectly in my opinion!
Love, Romance, Family and Fate…
Caroline has big problems with her sister and her Mom but in each storyline she deals differently with them and in each storyline she faces these problems in a different way. I loved both developments as it shows the strengths between family bonds and that even though you think everything is broken, you can always go back as your family just loves you!
Apart from the family issues and how they developed and were resolved and dealt with, I loved the most the romance with Chris!
Gosh, this boy was made of awesome and win! He was utterly cute, totally endearing and just perfect to get Caroline out of her shell! The chemistry between them was nearly palpable and their easy and instant connection was just perfection!
“But then there was you. Your terrible jokes and your quite signing. Your beautiful eyes and the way you try to fix things. I was wrong – you don’t disappoint me. You amaze me!”
The ending again will split readers and I won’t say anything, other that it was absolutely perfect!!!
Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young is not only a story that utterly romantic and beautifully sweet, but also tells the story of a girl who never liked facing her problems and now begins to realizes that running is not always the easiest way. The romance is especially wonderful and Chris is a boy that stands out with his cute cheesiness but strong personality. Girls will fall for this boy hard! I don’t think I’ve ever meet a more endearing boy and I wish this boy would be real!
Seriously! more stories like these, I definitely enjoy these parallel universe/realities stories a lot! Just Like Fate has a similar touch then Pivot Point, minus the paranormal element. Do you also love such stories Do you have some recommendations?