Saturday, 12 April 2014

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Title: Just Like Fate
Author: Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 6th March 2014
Pages: 304
Genres: Young Adult/Romance/Contemporary/Grief
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.


Caroline is at a crossroads. Her whole family is on her back, and her grandmother, the only person who really understands her, is sick, maybe dying. All she wants to do is escape. So when her best friend suggests a night out to forget her troubles, Caroline must choose: stay by her grandmother's side, or go to the party and live her life... and maybe meet the boy of her dreams.

This decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths - and she's about to live them both. But there can only be one happy ending...

I parachuted into this book with high hopes. A book where we get to watch the consequences of two different life choices play out? Sounds good! I had a couple of issues with it, but overall it was good.

Caroline Cabot is a normal teenage girl, and when her grandmother dies she is, of course, devastated. She was closer to her than anyone else in the family, and it doesn't help that she wasn't by her grandmother's side when she died. It's then that her life splits in two and we see what would happen if she had stayed instead of going to a party. The chapters alternate between 'stay' and 'go', and I have to admit that I enjoyed 'go' a lot more than 'stay', mainly because her boyfriend wasn't a complete douchebag in that one.

Some people who read this book really disliked Caroline because she was selfish. She was selfish to an extent, but different people deal with grief in different ways, and I think this was hers. Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young have captured her emotions so well, and I genuinely felt really sad when Caroline's grandmother passed away even though we had only known her for a few pages. I do love a book which accurately depicts family dynamics, and this was one. Divorced parents, sister rivalry, a doting brother, and a new stepmother to deal with...in short, I loved how realistically the family issues were written.

As I said at the beginning of this review, I did have a couple of issues with this book. This is ultimately a love story, which I hadn't actually realised before. I did enjoy it, but there were so many clich├ęs on the romance side. If they had been toned down just a little bit, I think it would have been a lot better. However, it was interesting to see how Caroline's relationship turned out with the guy she'd loved since pre-school, and then with someone she had only just met.

Just Like Fate is an easy, enjoyable read. What I got from this book is that if you make a choice that seems to have bad consequences at the time, don't beat yourself up about it. All choices have good and bad consequences at some point, and life is too short to keep worrying about them. Just Like Fate is about moving on, growing as a person, self-acceptance, forgiveness, and of course, fate. It was an interesting concept and, while nothing big or dramatic really happened, it was one I found myself enjoying a lot. 

7 comments:

  1. As soon as I saw "...and maybe meet the boy of her dreams", I wanted to stop reading. 'The boy of her dreams' practically screams 'cliche'.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it - I probably wouldn't. Great review!

    Ivana @ BookishTeens

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    1. There are a lot of cliches in this book, unfortunately. Still enjoyable though. Thanks Ivana! :)

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  2. I have to say, it seems like a really interesting concept, but the thought of a really cliched romance, is making me turn my nose up a bit. However, I think if I was looking for a fun read I may pick it up.

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    1. I hope you do. It might surprise you ^-^ Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Oh man, I'm not normally a fan of the cliches but might have to check this out because I love the whole parallel decision side of things. Great review, Amber!

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  4. Yes. So glad you enjoyed this! Reminded me a lot of Pivot Point. But yea, the love triangle annoyed me too >..< but the rest was SO GOOD.

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  5. This sounds amazing! I'll definitely be checking this one out.

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