Published by Hardie Grant Egmont on September 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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...
Imagine if you could go back in time and make a different decision. How would your life have turned out if you decided to go down a different path? The whole concept of alternate realities really fascinates me, and that’s why I picked up Just Like Fate.
For the most part, Just Like Fate reads like a contemporary romance where Caroline follows two different paths. She chooses whether to stay or go to a party on the night of her grandmother’s death. Caroline deals with her grief in different ways, and she must live with the consequences of her decision. I loved the concept of exploring two alternate routes, and how the decision led to differences in Caroline’s relationship with her family, the love interest, and where she decides to stay.
I liked how no matter the decision, Caroline isn’t better off than the other as she is presented with a different set of problems whether she stays or goes. The Caroline who stayed seems to have a better relationship with her sister and family, but her love life isn’t quite what she thought it would be as she starts dating the boy she’s had a crush on. The Caroline who chooses to go sabotages her relationship with her best friend and family, but rebuilds her relationship with her father and finds solace in Chris, a new love. The plot interweaves perfectly as Caroline experiences her high points and low points at the same time, as each chapter swaps between Stay or Go Caroline.
Just Like Fate deals with grief and loss over losing her beloved grandmother, and thankfully Caroline wasn’t overly angsty or heavy. The romance was the main part of the book, as she pursues a relationship with either Chris, the college boy she meets at a party or Joel, her childhood crush. I liked how the romances weren’t perfect and how Caroline experienced a spanner in the works in both instances.
While the crossroads decision was mostly absent during the bulk of the book, the story concludes in a beautiful, touching manner that ties it all together perfectly. Overall, I really enjoyed Just Like Fate and found it to be a light, touching contemporary.
Thanks to Hardie Grant Egmont for sending me this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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