Just Like Fate

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Program- Suzanne Young

Synopsis:

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 . . .

Thoughts:

Just Like Fate has been on my TBR list for a long time now. I finally found myself getting around to reading it. I’m really glad I read it, but I couldn’t help but find similarities to Kasie West’s Pivot Point series. Since that is one of my favourite series, I had high expectations for Just Like Fate. I thought it was a good read, but it didn’t blow me away.

Just Like Fate follows Caroline, who has to make a decision whether to stay with her grandmother at the hospital, or go out for a night out with a good friend to forget about her troubles. Just Like Fate shows the reader what would have happened with both options. I found it quite hard to believe that Caroline would just leave her dying grandmother considering how well they had got on with each other. Once I managed to get over that though, I enjoyed reading the story. Each chapter is  clearly labelled with ‘stay’ and ‘go’ so you always know which path you are following along with Caroline. That’s much needed at times, because the people in both pathways cross and it could potentially become very confusing.

I’ve had about enough of the good boy/bad boy love triangles, but there are some included within the story. I didn’t really connect with any of the male characters, which was a shame, but I think with a fairly short book like Just Like Fate, it’s not easy to form a strong connection with any of the characters. What I really did like about Just Like Fate was how it explored the importance of family. I really liked seeing Caroline rebuild some relationships.

I thought this was a really interesting take on a story about fate. I’m very much a believer in fate, so I found it fascinating to see what would have happened either way. I would be really interested to know more about how the two authors tackled writing this book together. I’m always intrigued by a collaboration of a story.  I think Just Like Fate is an enjoyable, contemporary read, perfect for fans of the film Sliding Doors.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

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2 thoughts on “Just Like Fate

  1. I totally agree with the similarities to Pivot Point. At first I though it was Pivot Point, because I couldn’t remember the title of the book I had read long ago. I even pestered the librarian until we found it because it was bugging me that I couldn’t remember the name. Anyway, i am know looking forward t0 reading the pivot point series!

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