September 13, 2013

Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young

Title: Just Like Fate
Author: Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: August 27th 2013
Source: Edelweiss
Format: egalley

Rating: 4/5

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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...

I cannot say that this story is original, because this year I read Pivot Point a book with the same idea, that at some point in life you get to a crossroads and depending on your choice you can have two different futures, plus years ago I saw the movie Sliding Doors with almost the same idea. But still I really loved this book, it´s very well written and it has lovable characters, especially one of the male characters.

In Just Like Fate, Caroline is at a crossroads, her grandmother is very sick and dying, but being in the hospital is unbearable, because she keeps fighting with her older sister, so Simone her best friend invited her to a party for a bit so she can cleared her mind and relax a bit. So Caroline must decide whether to stay with her grandmother that could die at any time or go to a party with her best friend, just for a few hours. And hence leads to two possible futures in which we see what would happen if Caroline stays and what if she leaves, with alternating chapters between stay and go, we can see how life-changing is her decision.

Caroline she will find herself, grow as a person and grow closer to her dysfunctional family, there is also romance and in the two possible futures there is a guy who is the romantic interest, but what I like most, is that as in either stay and go, we got to see both guys and although she doesn´t interact in the same way with them, I liked the fact that it was part of fate that she´ll meet some guy and several times is mention that certain things are meant to happen, either the way we choose (especially this is what I like most of the story), I really liked the stories are about fate.

I really loved this kind of story, I really enjoy this book, the protagonist is imperfect and has to live with her good or bad decisions. Just Like Fate is light and touching contemporary read, I read it in one day (which is fast for me), I just needed to know what would happen to the protagonist.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

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  1. Great review Adriana, I just read this too! I liked exploring the two different paths and how Caroline patches things up with her family and explores the two different romances.

    Here's my review.

  2. I loved Pivot Point, so I'm definitely intrigued by this book too. I don't mind reading another book that's similar (since I haven't read a million of them).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  3. Yeah, you're right. The storyline isn't new. But this kind of story is classic and can always fit with us at least in some point of our live.

    Good review. May I know if this a series or stand-alone book?

  4. I really, really need to read this book 'cause it greatly reminds me of Pivot Point with the cover and all. Thanks for a great review! :)

  5. I am so excited about reading this! I haven't read Pivot Point yet though, so which would you recommend reading first? Great review and do you know if there will be a sequel? I was wondering since you said you needed to know what happened to the protagonist.

  6. @Rachel Edmundson: This is a tough question because I loved Pivot Point and Just Like Fate but my favorite is Pivot Point.
    And from I know Just Like Fate is a standalone.

  7. This looks like an interesting read; I didn't know about this book till I read your review. I think I read one or two books by cat Patrick and I liked them. I think I will give this a chance.

  8. This sounds like a pretty good story. I love the cover. I love the idea of different choices creating different paths. I think this kind of story is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

  9. Hmm I must agree the story doesn't sound very original and I get a little tired of the real life drama's after awhile. Think I will pass on this one but glad you enjoyed it!