Title: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorensen
My Rating: 5 stars
No words can describe how much I love this book. I have read it about four times all the way through and every time the characters grab me, and I can’t help reading it all the way through. Read on for more thoughts about this book.
For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck-and his life-might finally end… until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.
Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.
When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved…
What do I love about this book?
I love the characters.
I love the plot.
I love the realness.
This book follows Callie and Kayden, two people with very real demons in the past and present. Callie and Kayden knew each other once and they run into each other again, both coping with something terrible. As they run into each other and get to know each other again, their friendship turns into more. The characters are so three dimensional and their internal voices are so accurate and human. You get into each of their mindsets and just ache for them as you learn more about them. Kayden and Callie talk about things and their relationship, while having ups and downs in this book, goes at a good pace. I also love that they are defensive about each other and want the other to be happy, even if they are not. The romantic and more racy parts of the book are so swoon worthy and fantastic and makes you love their relationship.
The side characters are great too. Seth is so amazing and I love how he supports Callie and pushes for her recovery without pressuring her. It’s a relationship that allows for conversation and truth, what all friendships should be like. He has his own demons, but that doesn’t stop him from supporting Callie. I also love Luke, Kayden’s best friend. You don’t see a lot of him in this book but he has a hidden story but is there for Kayden, calling him on his issues with Callie and other people.
This author is great at writing characters that you hate. While I love good characterisation, finding an evil character like Caleb in this book makes you want to punch a wall. The pain and anguish that comes from those pages makes your heart ache and all I wanted to see was him get what he deserved. No more on that or else it’s a spoiler!
The progression of the plot is great. I like that time passes between events, that it doesn’t rush. I like seeing a more in depth view at Callie and Kayden’s issues when they return home and the lead up to the end of the book, while it happens really quickly, ends the book really strongly. The book does end in a cliff hanger, which makes your heart race but it is a strong place to end it.
I have zero issues with this book.
One aspect of this book that I adore is the list that Seth and Callie have, their growing list of ‘Things to Do Before We Die”. I love that it has things like “Dance in the Rain” and “Eat lots of Chocolate”. I also love that the chapters of this book are items off the list. It adds to the uniqueness of the book.
Recommended for: Contemporary YA readers. If you love Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorensen or other styles like they write, you will love this book!
Quotes (Spoiler Free):
“In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.”
“It’s a moment I’ll remember forever, because it belongs to me.”
“There are no accusations with writing, no judgment, no shame, only freedom.”
“I’ve never felt like this before, with anyone. It’s against the rules of surviving.”
“The guy behind the counter scratches his neck. “Are you being serious?” Her face is stoic. “Absolutely. I never kid about teddy bears.”
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xx Maddy xx