Author: Cat Patrick, Suzanne Young
Published: Simon Pulse | Aug 27, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
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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.Review:
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...
Just Like Fate wasn't what I expected, I was hoping for an alternate reality read with some intermingled storyline, but I was left a tiny bit disappointment upon learning that this was more about fate and destiny, and while I love those themes and strongly believe in them, I still felt like something major was missing that was keeping me from loving this book. Both realities were very well constructed, but I couldn't find myself being fully investing in any of them. That being said, Just Like Fate was a decent read and I had a great time seeing the same story being played in different versions.
Caroline permanently moved in with her grandmother after her parents rough divorce. While she wasn't in very good terms with her parents, Caroline always finds solace in her grandmother, so knowing that she was going to die soon was hard on her. That's where these two scenarios comes in place, in one reality Caroline stays by her grandmother's bedside and watch her die, and in the another reality, Caroline goes out with her friends and misses her grandmother's last moments. In the Stay scenario, she gets to date her long time crush, Joel and in the Go scenarios, she meets a completely new guy, Chris, with whom she connects instantly on a personal level. My favorite was the Go scenario because Chris was one funny guy. Oh, those are my favorite types! I love his lively personality and sarcastic dialect, Chris sure did brought a lot of laughs from this side and I would go as far as to say that he kept this story rocking for me. I just loved him so much! And now you know whose side I was one :)
Caroline was called a selfish, ignorant person numerous times by her sister, Natalie and I would agree with Nat to a certain extent. Caroline always thought about herself and never cared for anyone's well being than her own, and initially I was fine by that, but as the story moved on, I noticed that Caroline didn't once connect with her mom and asked her how she was doing after her mother's death. And even after her mother contacted her numerous times, Caroline never responded and for me, that was a very odd behavior. Though I'm very happy that she did grew a lot by the end and learned the importance of a family.
Just Like Fate was a easy going, enjoyable read with a great life lesson. Even though I wasn't crazy over the story, I can see why a lot of people would really enjoy it, especially fans of alternate reality theme.