Title: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Date: December 13th 2012
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.
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Callie is overcoming a serious trauma that happened on her 12th birthday, which has left her very withdrawn from others.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.