Friday, November 15, 2013

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young [Review]

Just Like Fate 4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: August 27, 2013
Hardcover: 304 Pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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..
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Just Like Fate poses the idea that one decision has many unseen consequences.  Caroline has a choice: stay with her dying grandmother at the hospital or go to a party with her best friend.  Just Like Fate follows Caroline through the consequences of each choice.  Each choice sends Caroline in completely different directions.  The book blurb makes it sound as if Caroline has some awareness in the consequences, but that isn't the case.  Each path plays out completely separate.  I thought it might be confusing to flip back and forth because the "Stay" timeline and the "Go" timeline, but I didn't have any problems really.

My favorite part, though, was that there were good and bad parts to each decision.  So neither decision was the RIGHT decision.  Each one opened new doors, created heartbreaks, and mended relationships.  I loved the ripple effect each decision had.

My second favorite part was the complicated family relationships.  Caroline has a complicated history with her family, but in different ways with each member.  I thought the treatment of the relationships was particularly well done.  The only thing I would have liked to see was more of an explanation as to how the relationships became so tenuous.  The father one was explained fairly well,  but I would have loved a little more background on Caroline's relationship with her sister. 

My third favorite part was the ending.  I really can't say much without giving anything away, but I thought it all came full circle very nicely.  I didn't know what to expect from the ending and was pleasantly surprised by it.

Overall, I really didn't have any complaints about this book.  I liked the premise, the characters, the relationships.  I thought this was a great contemporary YA and definitely worth a read!

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