Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

Title: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Format: Paperback
Publication: December 13, 2012
Summary: There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

Review: I fully enjoyed reading The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden. New Adult is an emerging genre, one that I see a TON of potential in. I haven't read a lot within the genre, but I plan on reading many, many more from it.

That being said, there is something that has begun to bother me about a lot of the New Adult novels I've read so far. They all seem to have way too much in common. The main characters are all quiet girls who have moved away to college, usually trying to get away from something that happened to them in their past and start over. The main love interests are always bad boys with reputations who want to change their ways for this new quiet girl. It's a really good premise and it's very interesting but, eventually it will get old. For now though, it has still kept me interested.

Kayden is a bit different from other love interests in that he is also escaping from a terrible past. He is haunted by the abuse that he and his brothers grew up with from their father, and the consequences it has had on his life. He is an interesting character and of course swoonworthy but I have to admit he is somewhat forgettable.

Callie, also haunted by her past and the consequences it has had on her life, has moved away to college hoping to get away from it. What she didn't expect was for a little part of her past, Kayden, to follow her there. Callie is a likable but also forgettable character. I really liked the changes that we see from her once she goes to college and one of my favorite parts of the story was the list of things that they are afraid to do that she and her new best friend have set out to accomplish.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden was all together a good book. I flew through it in a little over a day and it kept me interested the entire way through. It's a fun and interesting read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the New Adult genre.

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