Author: Cat Patrick, Suzanne Young
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
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...
I declare Just Like Fate as one of my best impulse buys this year! I can’t even tell you how much I love the whole sliding doors concept. Books set up with two different alternating timelines are some of my favorites to read. This isn’t a parallel universe type thing, though, just a look at how a single choice can change things.
This book was absolutely wonderful! It sure held a lot for such a quick read. It brought out a range of emotions and definitely left me with a bit of a book high.
Caroline is extremely close with her grandma, and the night she dies we see how two different choices affect her life. I completely connected with Caroline’s relationship with her grandma and the whole scenario around them, so I definitely understood her feelings and what she was going through.
Caroline has a great personality and fun sense of humor that I love. Yes, she has crappy moments and has to deal with her issues, but she still came through as a really strong character.
Chris Drake! I was constantly laughing and smiling throughout the book because of this guy. Like fully, genuinely smiling. He and Caroline had amazing chemistry. The way they would play off each other and joke around was without a doubt my favorite thing about the book! There are so many highlighted sections in my copy because of them (mostly Chris), it’s ridiculous.
I absolutely adore the friendships and family relationships too. I want Simone, Caroline’s bestie, for my own. Every girl should have a best friend like her! And the journey Caroline went through with relationships of various family members was really touching.
So yes, yes, yes I love Just Like Fate. I’m very happy with the way everything turned out and the message it delivered.