Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

June 17, 2013 Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Jessica Sorensen, New Adult, Realistic Fiction, Self-Pub, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden 37

Title: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Self-Pub
Date: December 13th 2012
Source: Bought

From Goodreads:

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.

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When the New Adult craze took over, I added a bunch of great sounding books with hot covers to my TBR and even took advantage of some sales and went ahead and bought a few. And there they sat… So now that it’s summer and I’m in a huge Contemporary mood, I’m hoping to knock a few off my list. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden definitely made the list of must reads with a totally hot cover and awesome reviews.

But did I fall in love like so many others? Not completely. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the read on a whole and absolutely plan to read the sequel. The plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages, anxious to see what would happen next. I easily could have finished this off in a day if I hadn’t become sick and unable to read for a few days when I had only 35 pages left (and it killed me to have to wait).

Callie is overcoming a serious trauma that happened on her 12th birthday, which has left her very withdrawn from others. Before she leaves for college she pops into a party to find her brother and just so happens upon an altercation between Kayden and his father. Fast forward 4 months and these two are reunited at college. Now, Callie had put up a lot of walls with everyone, including her family, so I was a little thrown off with just how close she had become with her new BFF Seth in just a short 4 months time. I loved their friendship and how they would push each other to try new things but at the same time it sort of felt too convenient in certain ways. All those things she feared so much, Seth was able to break through in only a few months where no one else came remotely close in years? I don’t know. It bugged me a teeny tiny bit.

The altercation with Kayden and his father in the Prologue also threw me off. Kayden’s father is a horrible guy who secretly abuses his kids, but a well respected man in the community who would be stupid enough to severely beat up their own 18 year old at a party at their house, surrounded by family and friends? Hey, maybe it happens but it seemed implausible to me and felt more like a tactic to setup later events. The dad had obviously been hiding this side of himself for years and years and he was really going at Kayden in this instance. But perhaps this was the start of a downward spiral for the father where he just didn’t care anymore and I’m just nitpicking, but at the time that’s how I felt as I was reading.

I think that can be the problem you run into with some issue books. Sometimes it can just feel very cliche and like too much added drama unless it is executed right with great writing and characters to fall in love with. And while I enjoyed the read and became invested, there just wasn’t enough of that spark I was hoping for.

Like I said before, I did like Seth and Callie’s friendship despite how speedy it felt. I also liked Kayden’s friendship with Luke. I feel like there is more to explore with Luke that we have not seen yet and I do hope that just maybe we’ll see that in the next installment. And of course there is the romance between Callie and Kayden. They are quite perfect for each other. Just when we touch upon the real romance of their love story, WE ARE LEFT WITH AN EVIL CLIFFHANGER! Yes, shouty caps evil! So actually, I’m glad I waited until now to read this book because I don’t have to wait as long for the sequel.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

37 Responses to “Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen”

  1. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I’ve been wanting to read this one for a long time too but I do hate cliffies so I guess it is good I waited too. I have similar problems with contemps and issue books. If things don’t come across realistic I kind of lose interest. Sounds like there is still a good friendship and romance to read about though.

  2. Andreea G.

    I haven’t read too many NA novels but I really need to read more because I think I need a break from all these paranormal romances that I have been reading lately:)

    Thanks for this review.

    Andreea

  3. Tanja - Tanychy

    Yeah I know the feeling! After reading first NA book I was crazy and started reading and requesting all I came across of course that ended badly. I was mostly disappointed cause every started sounding the same. Oh cliffhangers! NOOOO! That’s bad. I love when my NA reads are complete. Great review!

  4. Jasprit

    I read a book recently by Sorensen which I can’t remember the name of now, but like you mentioned in this review, there were quite a few parts which seemed totally unbelievable and so I couldn’t really invest with the story or the characters. But a lot of my blogging friends have told me they prefer this book a lot more, so I may have to consider giving this a try. I’m glad that despite having some issues you were able to enjoy this book. Lovely review Sara!

  5. tonyalee @ lilybloombooks

    I’ve had this one of my TBR pile for awhile! I think I’m just.. in a NA funk. And since you mentioned that cliffhanger, I will be waiting to read this 🙂

    As always, awesome review

  6. Shooting Stars Mag

    Thanks for the review. Glad you liked it enough to want to read the sequel. It does seem a bit too convenient though…and it reminds me of a lot of other NA book summaries I’ve read. I really need to check out some NA titles though!

    -lauren

  7. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    I read this one right when it came out and I really really liked it. I think if I were to have read it now it would have been a good read because this storyline has been done so many times, I’m getting sick of it. I did love it though. AND THAT CLIFFHANGER!

  8. Lauren Elizabeth

    I know what you mean about these NA books that focus so much on drama and turn into issue books—sometimes it feels formulaic or cheap. I’m glad you enjoyed this overall despite having a few problems with it. I might give it a try though my NA reading list is already too long! 😉 Lovely review!

  9. Lea (YA Book Queen)

    Ugh, cliffhanger. I hate those.

    It’s too bad that there wasn’t enough of the spark you were looking for, but at least you still found it to be a likable story. Thanks for the honest review!

  10. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    “I think that can be the problem you run into with some issue books. Sometimes it can just feel very cliche and like too much added drama unless it is executed right with great writing and characters to fall in love with.”

    Yep, I agree completely. Have not read this, but sometimes the set-ups in NA issue books are SO wildly implausible….

  11. Aman

    I wasn’t a big fan of this one, even though I enjoyed the overall story. It was too weird that every single character in this book had a troubled past, there’s Callie, Kayden, Seth and Luke. This book sucked the energy out of me but that cliffhanger was so well placed and now, I really want to continue the series and see how it wraps up. Wonderful review, Sara 🙂

  12. Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

    I see this one everywhere! I agree with you on the drama. Contemporaries seem like they just put their characters in the worst possible scenarios ALL the time. It just is over-dramatic and unrealistic. Great review!

  13. Sunny Duvall

    I’ve been wanting to read this one and while disappointing that you didn’t like it as much as the others, I definitely see why! I hate cliches even more lately as well as “set ups” and AH CLIFFHANGERS. Thanks for the warning 🙂

  14. Little Birdie Books

    After reading The Secret of Ella and Micha (hello SA-WOON), I’ve been really interested in reading this one! It’s sad you didn’t completely love it, but I have to say – I’m still super curious about it!

  15. starryeyedjen

    I did the same thing with the new adult craze. I’m starting to get to some of them, mostly on audio, and I’m finding for the most part that I kind of love them. I can get through these contemporary stories a lot quicker than my usual reads. 🙂

  16. Skagway

    The ending was a killer in this one, even though I wasn’t a fan of the overall story, that alone made me want to read the next book. I really liked Callie and Kayden, but I didn’t like how every character in this book had a troubled past. It was a bit overkill for me, but I’m glad that you loved it. I’m really hoping the second one blows my mind.

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