The Coincidence Series:
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden: Kayden Owens and Callie Lawrence
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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.
So, I’ll start with saying that New Adult is not my favorite genre, I find it a confusing and find the main characters fairly annoying. That being said Jessica Sorensen is a breath of fresh air to this genre. Her characters while have the typical angst they aren’t drowning in their circumstances. I find that they are genuinely trying to overcome them. Callie and Kayden are two people just trying to live their lives as the best as they can. They have known each other their entire lives but have never been friends or in each other’s radars. All of that changes when a twist of fate occurs and Callie is there when Kayden needs it the most, right after their high school graduation. Kayden knows that if Callie hadn’t been there that night there is a good chance that he would have died that night. He spends all summer thinking hat he has to talk to Callie and thank her for his life, but she’s gone.
Callie has spent every day since she turned 12 doing everything she could to not be noticed, to blend into the background. That night is burned into her memory for all time but she left for college the next day and hasn’t spoken to Kayden since. Callie arrives at college early for the summer semester and finally she feels like she can breathe. She makes her first friend, kindred soul in Seth. Together they make a pack to try something that they never would have tried before, pulling them out of their comfort zone. When the official semester starts Callie is a bit stronger, she is starting to find who she is outside of her small town and a house that holds the memories of her 12th birthday. She is truly trying to recover to become more of a normal young woman to not be ruled by her past. It is on the first day of the official semester that this is tested when she is trampled by Kayden.
Together these two forge a friendship that is outside all their old norms. Together they find that maybe they can help heal each other. Kayden doesn’t feel like he has to hide anything from Callie, like he does everyone else. She already knows. Callie, experiences new things with Kayden that she never thought she would be able to experience with a male. Little by little these two learn that they can lean on each other, that they are not their pasts and that they might be able to make something of their future. They remind me a bit of Eva and Gideon from the Sylvia Day Crossfire series. Two incredibly messed up individuals that are victims of their past trying to create something beautiful together. Now these two are not so chaotic in their relationship as Gideon and Eva, they do have moments of freak out, but they handle it much better for two so young. Their demons are not so bad when they are together. But each is keeping a secret from the other, something that they are not proud of but has been their way of coping for so long that they don’t know how to stop. Callie and Kayden are so good for each other, it’s kind of beautiful. At one point Callie has me in tears when she is telling Kayden something fully expecting him to decide he is better off without her, but he just holds on to her. He does the best thing he probably could do in the circumstances and I adored him for it. Everything these two build over the course of a semester can come crumbling down around them the moment they step foot back into the town they were raised. The ending of this book is on one hell of a cliffhanger. I mean damn, it’s a cliffhanger! And on top of that the next book doesn’t look like it’s slated to be released until 2014, which just completely sucks. I really hate when an author leaves you hanging for over a year for a book especially when they left you on a cliffhanger. This is a total bummer, because I really really want to read book two, since this book was one of my favorite of 2012.
Rating: 5 Romanticals