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The Coincidence of Callie and Kaydenby Jessica Sorensen (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: The Coincidence #1
Narrator: Leslie Bellair
Published by Forever, Hachette, Hachette Audio on August 6, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Length: 9 hours
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From the bestselling author of The Secret of Ella and Micha comes a mesmerizing novel of fate, friendship, and the healing power of love . . .
THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE & KAYDEN
For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck-and his life-might finally end . . . until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.
Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.
When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it's Callie who needs to be saved . . .
Callie Lawrence withdrew into herself after a traumatic event when she was twelve, and she’s spent her life ever since trying to be as invisible and unattractive as possible. While fetching her older brother from a graduation party, a chance encounter with Kayden Owens and his abusive father in the middle of an altercation sets both of their paths on a different course. Kayden is a popular jock who’s father’s need for nothing but perfection from his children leads him to take out his frustrations on his children while keeping up the perfect persona to the community.
Callie sets off for college as soon as she graduates. She finds friendship with another wounded soul in Seth, and with his help, she slowly starts to come out of her shell and live life again. Over the summer at college, they find their footing and Callie finally has some confidence living anonymously on this campus. That is until a familiar person from her past shows up with the rest of the freshman–one who she can’t stop thinking about how she’d saved him from his father’s fists and harsh words earlier that year.
Kayden is relieved to be out of that oppressive house and from under the thumb of his abusive father and away from his alcoholic mother who always looked the other way. Now at college on a football scholarship, he’s making a fresh start and living in the dorms with his best friend Luke. Everything should be going as planned: play football, do good in school, never go home unless he absolutely has to, and he can hold it all together. That is until a fragile girl from his town reappears in his life, and he remembers that he owes her a very large debt for saving his life.
Both Callie and Kayden are hiding very large secrets. This book is very angsty, but I’m an angst loving girl, so I enjoyed every heart wrenching moment of this book. Callie’s best friend Seth has his own tragic story as well as Kayden’s best friend Luke, and I really enjoyed how each of them supported their friend and grew to like the other characters as the story grew.
I give The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden a four out of five. With excellent character growth and emotional angst so intense that my heart hurt throughout the book, I couldn’t help but root for these poor souls to come together and pull through. Told in alternating points of view between Callie and Kayden, you get a nice look into what’s going on with both of the characters, which made the story well rounded. This book did end on a nasty cliffhanger, but luckily I could just download the next book (The Redemption of Callie and Kayden) onto my Kindle since it was already released.
I listened to the audiobook provided by Hachette Audio
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NarratorLeslie Bellair did an excellent job reading this nine hour audiobook. The alternating chapters of Callie and Kayden’s point of view were easily distinguished by the changes in language written by the author even though the narrator’s tone didn’t change that much. Although I think that this series would benefit from having both a male and female narrator, I still highly enjoyed listening to this first installment.