Friday, March 22, 2013

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick

Just Like Fate
Good Reads Summary
Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick

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 seperate 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...

My Thoughts
My rating: 2.85 of 5 stars

Just Like Fate was an OK read... neither as emotionally wrenching as that other movie that offers a view on a woman's could be's, nor as exciting as the other YA on the same kick I read recently (Pivot Point). It's simply another book on decisions made seemingly unimportant but are in fact anything but. The tiniest thing can change everything.

That laid down, I'm tempted to say that the splitting here's almost laughably simple. Both options presented, however, have differing combinations of persons around the lead and its the interplay in either side that made for interesting, albeit simple contrast.

I'd say laughably simple because on one side we have her liking her sister, on the other not at all. Then on one side she's run away, built up something new but is faced with other problems; contrast to her staying, building up something new as well, then facing other issues. Yet no matter which side she's living, her 'negatives' were in full view. Then things spiraled.

But the simple splits notwithstanding there is one clear thing in this that I did not like. Things in this run along the lines of Obvious. Obviously, she should be with so and so because... duh. And obviously, so and so was a douche.. so why bother? My point: there's a lack of depth here. I mean past the initial 'Should I stay or Should I go' and grandmother closeness on her part, things got tedious in how good it was on one side then how down things were in the other and that's even when something bad and something good are thrown in each respectively!

In fact there really was no choice to be made between her Staying and going, between sisters and friends and most specially, between one boy over another when the flaws in one are so blatant... the good of one side stacked heavily against the sads of the other. Needless to say, I thought the boy drama a simple matter of her opening her eyes to who was who. And on family drama, twas also a matter of opening her eyes but this time to what she brought to the table (and didn't.)

In the end, I will say it was interesting but there are tons of other stuff that have dealt with the topic better (see way up there for reference)

Much thanks, Edelweiss


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