Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young

August 8, 2013 Book Review, YA, Young Adult 32 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Just Like FateJust Like Fate by Cat Patrick, Suzanne Young
Published by Simon Pulse on August 27th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: Edelweiss
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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...

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The fangirling I did when I saw these two authors had written a collaboration! As a huge fan of Suzanne Young (past reviews here, here, and here), I already vowed to read all her books but Cat Patrick is another author I adore (past review) so I was super excited to see what they could do together!

Caroline is incredibly close with her grandmother, and moved in with her 5 years ago when her parents were going through a messy divorce. To say the situation with her siblings and parents was still messy is an understatement, but as the family rallies around her grandmother as she lies dying in hospice, tension erupts. One night Caroline is faced with the choice to stay, among the awkwardness, tension and fights or take her best friend up on an invite to a party and take a few hours to unwind during the stressful time. Here we follow both paths and see just how much your decisions in life bring you right back on the path to fate.

Stay: I thought this path would be my obvious favorite as I wanted Caroline to stay with her family and her grandmother in what turned out to be her final moments. At first, this really did seem to be the happier choice all around, but the authors couldn’t make it that easy for us, right? Caroline’s grief somehow brings her closer to Joel, the long-time crush. Sure, he sometimes says and does the right things, only when he needs to, but it never felt sincere or honest. There was all this secrecy and insecurity that led to a lot of anger and misery within herself.

Go: Now obviously this choice was wracked with guilt to go along with her grief. Caroline is shown as more of a runner on this path, running away from her problems. I did like the dynamic it opened up with her father and his wife. But most of all, this choice had Chris, and he is the reason I loved the ‘GO’ chapters the best. He is so sweet and adorable! He’s also funny and considerate, an all around good guy. And he makes Caroline feel wanted and special. Guys, he was even afraid to ruin a special moment with kissing! (That sounds weird to say but you’ll totally get it when you read it) And when he calls her his ‘sweet Caroline’… *melts* I just loved this guy to pieces! He’s one of my new favorite book boyfriends, for sure!

“You’re the only girl I want,” he says. “I love you.” He pulls away to laugh softly, looking surprised at his own words. His eyes are wide and vulnerable, as if a word from me can crush him. “I’m totally in love with you,” he murmurs. 

Both paths really showed the grief Caroline and her family were going through. It was heartbreaking but also heartwarming to see the moments when they did come together to support one another. I love when a story has a strong family dynamic and it was so important in this story, as it should be, and much appreciated. Of course paths eventually cross and oh how I loved how everything ended! It was all so perfect!

A wonderful story of grief, guilt, family, love and fate – I highly recommend this one!

We may be drawn to our fates like magnets, but whatever we pick up along the way means something. Mistakes mean something.

**A huge THANK YOU to Jen @ Jenuine Cupcakes for getting me a signed ARC!

About Cat Patrick

Cat Patrick is an author of books for teens. Her debut novel, FORGOTTEN (available now), is about a girl who can remember the future instead of the past, and was praised by NYT bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, as a “mindbending,” one-sitting read. The book is being translated into 21 languages and Paramount bought the movie rights, with True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld attached to star as the main character, London Lane.

Patrick’s second (unrelated) novel, REVIVED, is about a girl who’s part of a secret government program to test a drug that brings people back from the dead. REVIVED will be available in the US May 2012, and in the UK and Australia Summer 2012.

Patrick lives near Seattle with her husband and twin 3-year-olds, and is afraid of zombies, planes, and zombies on planes.

About Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. She’s the author of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, A WANT SO WICKED, and THE PROGRAM. Learn more about Suzanne at www.suzanne-young.blogspot.com

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

32 Responses to “Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young”

  1. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I actually don’t think I have read anything by either of these authors but have wanted to. I’ve been really excited for this one because I love the idea of exploring how one choice can lead you on two different paths. I’ve seen that most reviews do prefer the Go relationship with Chris. I also love books that have great family dynamics. Either choice will probably leave you sad but I guess it is just best for you to face your grief and family and try to make amends with everything.

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I LOVE how Suzanne Young writes romances and swoony boys and I really need to read even more from Cat Patrick. I wasn’t expected to love a romantic interest so much here because of the grief and such but Chris was really amazing!

  2. Diamond Cronen

    Great review. I loved Chris too. He definitely had me swooning, what a cute! I loved this book…It has been one of my favorites I’ve read this entire year! The collaboration of the two authors was genius, the writing was impeccable…

    Here I am blabbing on haha if you want to check out my review of Just Like Fate, it’s HERE

    Btw, I’m an old follower via bloglovin 😉

    Dee @ Dee’s Reads

  3. Andreea G.

    Great review.

    I love Cat Patrick’s books and I have to read The Program soon, and this book is on my wish list. Hopefully, I will love it just as much as you did.

    Andreea

  4. Tanja - Tanychy

    I have heard of both these authors but haven’t read any of their works! This one sounds amazing and parallel storylines is always something interesting to me. I’m glad you enjoyed and great review Sara 🙂

  5. The Book Belles

    I’m reading this right now and completely agree with everything you said. I’m liking the “go” chapters a lot more than the “stay” ones partly because of how amazing Chris is 😉 I also love how unique Just Like Fate is. Great review!

  6. MåїÐ»-(¯`v´¯)-»

    I am beyond excited for this one! I love that we get to experience two different outcomes for Caroline and in both we get to experience the same emotions of grief and pain, but two completely different end results. And two guys! I can’t wait to meet both Joel and Chris (although I have a feeling I’m going to be falling for Chris! lol ;p). And I love strong family dynamics as well, so I am looking forward to seeing how that plays a role here and of of course how it all ends! I can’t wait to pick this up. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Sara! Fantastic review! 😀

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  7. lilysbookblog.com

    I’m a fan of both authors so i’m super excited about this collaboration. The only thing though is that as amazing as the synopsis sounds it does remind me a bit of Pivot Point by Kasie West, which I absolutely adored. i’m so glad you had nothing but good things to say about this book! THANK GOD 🙂 Great Review Sara

    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

  8. starryeyedjen

    So jealous that I don’t have this one yet. I adore Suzanne Young! I love how you compared the Stay and Go plotlines…I am such a sucker for dual reality novels. Love seeing how each one plays out. Also, I must meet this Chris fellow…he sounds very swoon-worthy. 😀

  9. Amanda

    I think I’m a fan of these alternate-reality/parallel-universe books. I haven’t read that many yet, but I do like the whole premise of how certain decisions have huge implications. I actually haven’t read anything by either author yet, so clearly I need to fix that! I’m not sure if this will be a good first book for either of them, though, or even if it’s truly a “me” book. I appreciate the apparent focus it has on family, but your review makes it seem as though two potential romances really end up taking center stage. I may just not be in the mood for a romance-driven contemp right now. I do think it sounds quite interesting though, and I’m glad you were able to enjoy it so much, Sara!

  10. Aman

    Oh, it’s so hard to pick a side! I want Caroline to stay with her grandmother, but I also don’t want her to miss out a on really great and swoony guy. I’m loving parallel universe type reads this summer and I can’t wait to read this one. Great review, Sara! 🙂

  11. Sunny Duvall

    I’m reading a Suzanne Young book right now! Didn’t realize she partially wrote this one as well since I’ve been interested in it. Wow, it sounds tough, but I think I’d feel the same as you. Root for the stay chapters at first, but fall in love the go ones 🙂 Love the review, Sara!

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