Series: The Coincidence, Book 1
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Published: December 13th 2012, Jessica Sorensen
Genre: Romance, Drama
Age group: Young Adult
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.
Ever since I found out about this book, I was very intrigued by it. Talk about double threat! First of all, I liked this super hot cover, which promised a steamy romance; and secondly, everyone was gushing about this book. The response was overwhelming. You can just check this book’s rating on Goodreads, it’s really high! So, understandably, I couldn’t deny myself in finding out what this whole buzz was about.
The story’s setting is very typical for YA books, there’s a lot of angst. The two main characters, Callie and Kayden, are very conflicted and had very difficult lives while growing up. It’s hinted throughout the course of the story that both of them are victims of physical abuse.
While Callie’s and Kayden’s parents maintain communication with each other, often attending each other’s parties, their kids aren’t friends. Callie is the school’s freak, nobody notices or pays attention to her, because since the age of 12, she suddenly changed, Now she wears some very baggy clothes and cuts her hair short. It’s easier for her that way, and Kayden appears to be among those unaware of her. He doesn’t even know her name, but though he acts like his life is absolutely perfect, in reality it’s not that different from Callie’s.After Callie becomes a witness to his father beating him and helps Kayden out, he finds himself unable to stop thinking about her.
When the school is over, both Callie and Kayden live their homes for college. It’s the thing they’ve been dreaming about for a long time, it’s the way for them to finally be free from their paths. Coincidentally, they end up at the same college, and since then they start spending more time together and soon become friends and then lovers. But they are nowhere close to their happily-ever-after, as soon they will have to face their demons, and the outcome may not be pretty.
‘The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden’ is the first book in ‘The Coincidence’ series, and personally I’m not excited about this fact. It’s like it’s the new trend for authors now to write book series. And I would have been OK with it, if the series were all great. This fact definitely doesn’t apply to ‘The Coincidence’. This is only the first installment, and I’ve lost interest in it half way through. To me it was a very unfortunate combination of absolutely unremarkable characters and boring plot.
The characters seemed very inconsistent. In the first part of the book, while Callie and Kayden are at home yet, it’s said about how miserable they are. Callie in particular can’t make herself talk to guys, she hasn’t let anybody touch her for 6 years, and she never opened up about what had happened to her. But then she comes to college, and suddenly it’s like all these 6 years never happened. Now it seems she only spends her time with guys, lets everybody hug her or makes out with Kayden, and her new friend Seth easily gets her to tell him all her secrets. Well, I just needed a proper explanation from the author about the reasons behind this change. What helped Callie to open up?
Besides, I just couldn’t connect to the characters at all. The main reason for it is probably that I didn’t actually know till the very ending about their pasts. It was always some vague flashbacks. But the author definitely wanted her readers to sympathize with Callie and Kayden, so how was I supposed to do that if I didn’t know what happened? But even this could have been forgivable if Callie and Kayden were some admirable persons. But I can’t say that there was anything notable about them, so the whole story was basically based on arousing the reader’s pity, and that’s that.
The final scenes were really harsh and they were clearly used as a supposed cliffhanger to draw attention to the next installment. But I can predict that again it will be a story full of new sufferings for Callie and Kayden. Only maybe there will now be a happy ending, if the author doesn’t plan on dragging this story further.