Thursday, 19 February 2015
Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: March 19th, 2013
I remember everything about that day, like the images have been burned into my brain by a branding iron. But I wish they would blow away in the wind.
Callie has grown up keeping her feelings locked away from the outside world, and as her painful past threatens to consume her life, most days it's a struggle just to breathe. For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence has been the only way to survive, until one night when Callie and Kayden's worlds collide. After that moment, Kayden can't stop thinking about Callie and when they end up at the same college, he does everything in his power to convince her that it isn't coincidence, it's fate.
I've heard a lot about Jessica Sorenson and her New Adult books, specifically The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden. I've had it sat on my Kindle for months, and decided to finally read it when I saw a paperback edition arrive at work. I like the cover, I like NA books (a lot, actually) and reviews have been ridiculously good. So, what did I think?
For me, this book just had too much angst. It wasn't a light read by any means; in fact, it was quite dark and not at all what I was expecting. Callie and Kayden are both flawed characters harbouring massive, life-changing secrets that have made them how they are. I liked them both for different reasons, but I just found everything that happened to them to be too unbelievable. I mean, why didn't either of them speak up and tell somebody? I couldn't get past that. I know people keep secrets, but for two people to have such intense lives and say nothing... it was hard to wrap my head around. I've never been in their situations though, so I'm absolutely the last person who can comment on what is the right or wrong thing to do when faced with something like that.
Despite all the doom and gloom, this book and it's title characters are surprisingly hopeful. They can look past what's happened to them and still see good in the world and each other, and I think that's one of the best messages an author can instill in her writing. That no matter how bad things get, there's always a chance of something better, someone better.
I could tell this book had started off as a self-published eBook, and I don't know what the final paperback version is like but I hope it's at least been edited to include less lip biting, lip sucking and lip gnawing. I don't usually pick up on stuff like that when reading a book, but it was so overused here that I was just wishing for some more editing. Overall I was impressed with the story and writing, though, and I see why it's been such a huge hit with readers. It's not of of my favourites, but I'm intrigued enough to pick up the sequel and see what happens after this book's crazy cliffhanger. Talk about dramatic!