Title: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorensen
My Rating: 5 stars
This book continues the story of Callie and Kayden where it left off. The heartbreaking journey these two go through as they face up to their past is one you want to be a part of and one I love to read. This book is filled with so much love and redemption, despite being surrounded by pain and anguish. PLEASE NOTE: Some spoilers from book one in this series to follow.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden comes an emotional new story about two troubled souls sharing one all-encompassing love . . .
The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is finally out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way to clear his name is for Callie to speak up-something he’ll never ask her to do. Instead, he’ll do whatever he must to protect her . . . even if it means letting go of the only girl he’s ever loved.
Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But that means facing her greatest fear and admitting her own painful secrets aloud. The thought of breaking her silence terrifies her-but not as much as the thought of losing Kayden forever.
Deep in her heart, Callie knows the time has come for her and Kayden to forget the pain of the past. With the help of her friends Seth and Luke she makes a plan to show Kayden the life they could have. But can she convince him they can make a fresh start together-or is she already too late?
I am constantly drawn back into this series due to the writing of Jessica Sorensen. The characters that she has created are so dynamic and compelling and every step that they take, I just want to hold their hand and hug them. Her writing is gorgeous and the way the words form and spill off the page is so wonderful. You just read some quotes and are overwhelmed by the beauty they have in them. I love that the chapters are formed clearly but don’t drag on or seem unnecessary. This series is my favourite out of all the books I have read of hers.
This book picks up Callie and Kayden where we left them. After fighting Caleb for what he did to Callie, Kayden was attacked by his father and then answered the pain in the way he does, by self-harming. Callie discovering this, has to deal with the pain of knowing that Kayden kept this from her and the fact that she can’t see him. Together they have to work together to move past their pain and take a step towards healing.
This book is so full of drama when you think about it, but it is done in a really great way that it is not overwhelmingly dramatic. The journey that observe between Kayden and Callie is so honest and raw that you spend the whole book just wanting them to be happy! This book tackles a lot of issues of what happens when family deserts you, what to do when you’re trying to heal, how to ask for help, when to ask for help and heaps more. I love that Callie and Kayden don’t just get better straight away, but make a decision to be better and face their demons head on.
There are so many parts of this book I love. I love that Luke and Seth support Callie and Kayden by taking them away from the crap their lives are full of. I love that they challenge them to face their issues, but don’t do it in a way that is overwhelming or harmful. I like that the four of them going out and drinking is a way that they cope together with everything that is happening. I like that the drama is real drama, real issues. I love that Seth and Callie dance and she is super relaxed around him. I love that Seth is defensive for Callie but can see that Kayden is important to her. I just love the friendships and support shown in this book.
This book is satisfying. Callie and Kayden are so in love and struggle with being allowed to be happy and I like seeing their arc throughout this book. I like that it’s not all perfect and that it’s messy and stuffed up. I love seeing them fall into each other and lean on one another, particularly as they reach the end and face some issues. The book ends in a sweet way, while having some cliff hanger components.
Just writing this review makes me want to pick up the book again and read it so if that’s not a recommendation, I don’t know what is.
I have zero issues with this 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):
“There is something about someone trusting you enough with their secrets that it makes it easier to trust them. It’s like they’re opening their heart and in return yours should open up to them, too.”
“But I trusted him once and I decide to do it again. I just pray to God he doesn’t shove me down and break me, because I’m already in too many pieces and I just don’t know how much more breaking I can take.”
“No, but I’ve never been one for wise ideas,” he says. “I believe in irrational, fleeting decisions that keep life interesting. And life needs to be interesting because we’ve got only one of them to live.”
xx Maddy xx