Sunday, January 12, 2014

Just Like Fate by Suzanne Young and Cat Patrick


Just Like Fate by Suzanne Young and Cat Patrick

4.5 stars

Caroline’s life could change based on one huge decision. Her grandmother is sick and on the brink of death. Her decision is based on one night of her friend offering to attend a party. Should Caroline stay or should she go? If she stays, she gets to finally be with her longtime crush, Joel, but if she goes she meets the guy who could be the love of her life, Chris. Two different paths and two different guys, where do they lead to and which is the better path? I read this book months ago free on I’m so behind on reviews and I always seem to be busy and never have time to sit down and write. I miss just writing a lot of reviews and reading like crazy, but alas high school, guard, and Driver’s Ed are taking up my current schedule. While I read this book months ago (September) I still remember it quite clearly. I love the subject of parallel universes. I find it fascinating how one simple choice is a doorway to a new life. I’ve often thought about how different my life would be if I hadn’t done certain things. It’s weird. Here’s an example, when I was in eighth grade they announced for all eighth grade girls to go to the gym. I didn’t want to have to bring books and the gym was gross and I hated going in there. I could’ve not gone, and then I wouldn’t have joined color guard. It’s weird how one simple decision changes the course of your life. I plan for high school was to be invisible, but I’m not invisible. I like to perform and be the certain of attention and guard is perfect for me. So this book, obviously really got me thinking and I just loved the concept and the writing. Usually dual authors don’t work for me. It is just such a bore and you can tell the writing in certain parts is different, but I read this book in a day.

The main female character is Caroline. There are two sides to Caroline. The side of her staying and the side of her going. I think after having read this book so long ago, it’s easier for me to reflect about which character was better. Staying by her grandmother’s side was the better choice, but it also made her character a bit of a jumbled annoying mess who I didn’t care reading for. The side of her going was the chapters that drew me and made me want more. She wasn’t a nice character, but she had more character growth.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: Staying- 7.5 Going-8.5

The main male characters are Joel and Chris. I adore Chris. He was funny and just absolutely fun. I couldn’t get enough of him and then things happened and I hated him and then loved him again. Joel on the other hand was a character I just couldn’t stand. I didn’t like him or how he treated Caroline. I didn’t like him at ALL! I had an extreme dislike for him.

Swoon Worthy Scale: Joel- 1 Chris- 9

The Villain- I guess, Caroline is her own worst enemy, but that’s a topic that I’ve covered before about contemporaries and their villains.

Villain Scale: 7

I enjoyed how all the characters played into each other. I didn’t really like Caroline’s best friend and I hate loathed her sister at first, but I always had a different opinion on the characters. It made for a very authentic parallel universe.

Character Scale: 8

Overall, I know this story isn’t completely sophisticated and probably not the most amazing parallel story ever, but I really enjoyed it. I thought it was fun, quick, and I was immersed in the story.

Cover Thoughts: I really like the cover. I don’t like the girls hair because it looks really greasy, but I like the concept of one path opening your eyes and another keeping them closed. It fits the story arc completely.

Sorry for my absence! School is quite hectic and I won't be around as much as I was, but I will most often on breaks on Sundays! :)

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