Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Caleb + Kate by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Caleb + Kate
Good Reads Summary

Private school, rich friends, vacations in France--Kate has it all, except a belief in love.

When Kate's family purchases a hotel in the Pacific Northwest, she enters a world that is wholly unknown to her. She never has any privacy because of the constant flow of guests. And as the hotel owner's daughter, she struggles to make friends.

Then she meets Caleb, a strange combination of working-class, Hawaiian culture, and Christian bad boy. He talks about love in an all new way that she finds so alluring. But the two have nothing in common. He rarely smiles, rides a motorcycle with a rough crowd from town, and worst of all, he totally ignores Kate. But Kate has something that he needs and she resolves to prove to him that what she has doesn't define who she is.

My Thoughts

I'm keeping it short again...

I have mixed feelings about Caleb+Kate. Picture this a family feud, on one side is a family that's well-off, and on the other one is one that does not seem as wealthy. From the first is the girl, and from the second, the boy. Where the girl is bored and lacks passion, the boy is loyal and passionate and fiery. By some twist, they meet. Initially, they rub each other the wrong way, but after some exposure, they realize (after a month!) that they might be falling for each other. But the pesky patriarch of each family must be considered. It all rang of Romeo and Juliet that's time and again mentioned. And there were all the other people to consider as well~ the teen socialites with snobby their attitudes ala-Gossip Girl and Caleb's cousin Finn, who read bad boy and burned.

Look, I aprreciate love stories, but this one went over board a couple of times. BUT there was one very big surprise~ their faith, both Kate and Caleb allude to their faith and how it faith held them distinct from the rest. So I suppose one other thing that held them together was their faith... at one point Kate actually utters the phrase God is Love. Shaking off my initial surprise, and after opening up a little I could see that her/their faith was authentic even if their love developed rather quickly, passionately.

Did their love story read real and possible? Honestly, no.. everything was to intense and passionate given the span of time they knew each other. This was so, despite the history and antagonism between their families. But I did appreciate the moments where each character had to "wait and think.."

P.S Did anyone besides me miss the part where the blurb uses "Christian bad boy"? I need to get my eyes checked... because that bit speaks volumes of what's in Caleb+Kate.  Or maybe, I should just start paying more attention to the blurbs?

1 comment:

  1. i like this review and i felt exactly the same way about the book :)

    it was not really for me.

    (i do not think your review was overly short though ... :) )