Sunday, October 20, 2013

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Genre:  YA Contemporary

Description (taken from Cat Patrick's website):
One decision will change everything…

Caroline is at a crossroads.

Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline’s been bedside since Gram’s 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 for what might be her final hours, or Go to the party and live her life.

The consequences of this one decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths— and she is 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 . . .

Seeing two worlds open into new beginnings based on one decision.  Isn't this a novel concept?  Well, I've actually read one other book that dealt with this concept, so it's not new to me.  But I enjoy reading how our choices and decisions shape our world and future.

Caroline is a teenager dealing with her grandmother's failing health.  While I wasn't in high school when my grandma passed away (I was in college), I do know how that feels.  Seeing all of the distractions and wanting to use those instead of facing reality.  Watching as your world suddenly stops while everything else keeps moving.  I know how she felt.  And it was a little sad to watch it all play out.  But this book is more than just her grandmother's death.  It's about family, friends, making mistakes and dealing with the consequences, and falling in love.

From the beginning, there was only one boy I was rooting for.  I immediately despised the other one.  And then I realized that this book is a major love story.  And not only that, but it deals with fate and destiny.  Kind of like how no matter what our decisions are, our fate will always find us in the end.  Free will that doesn't mess up the grand scheme of things.  (You'll understand all of this philosophical mumbo-jumbo once you read the book.  Or you'll just think I'm nuts.)

But this book didn't really do it for me.  It was a good story, but I was kind of all "meh" with the ending.  It just wasn't for me.

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