Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young
Publication date: August 27th 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of pages: 304
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.
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…
If I could read this book all over again right now, I would. Well, that’s a lie because technically I could be reading it again right now but alas I have just read it and it wouldn’t be quite the same. Now I’m beginning to wonder the point in those first two sentences. Meh.
I thought the whole “if I stay or if I go” scenario because I totally didn’t know which decision she should make. That sounds horrible, if of course you know why she has to make the choice, but this is fiction of course. Not real.
In all honesty, I am currently unsure of which decision she ended up making. I know which one I wanted her to make/she should have made but I’m unsure. To most people it’s probably really obvious. But I’m one of a kind apparently.
Chris is amazing. Amazing. I could keep repeating amazing and it still wouldn’t suffice. Cute, funny and, well, amazing. He’s welcome in my books any day.
All in all I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a good contemporary YA read. This is kind of what I would imagine Pivot Point by Kasie West to be like but I’ve never read it, so I can’t say for sure. But maybe if you liked that you’ll like this?
And to finish off, with a quote:
“Bully,” I say. I consider clutching my fork like a murder weapon but I’m not sure if we’ve reached the joking-murder point in our relationship.”
I think you should read this.
KABOOM! That only leaves one continent. One little flaw.
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Goodreads author bios:
Cat Patrick is an author of books for teens. Her debut novel, FORGOTTEN (available now), is about a girl who can remember the future instead of the past, and was praised by NYT bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, as a “mindbending,” one-sitting read. The book is being translated into 21 languages and Paramount bought the movie rights, with True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld attached to star as the main character, London Lane.
Patrick’s second (unrelated) novel, REVIVED, is about a girl who’s part of a secret government program to test a drug that brings people back from the dead. REVIVED will be available in the US May 2012, and in the UK and Australia Summer 2012.
Patrick lives near Seattle with her husband and twin 3-year-olds, and is afraid of zombies, planes, and zombies on planes.
Visit her online at www.catpatrick.com.
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. She’s the author of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, A WANT SO WICKED, and THE PROGRAM. Learn more about Suzanne at www.suzanne-young.blogspot.com