Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

February 4, 2020

 

This is going to be a very short blog post. The reason I picked this book is because I'm trying to read books in a few different categories this year.  

 

YA - research for an upcoming book

YA Paranormal - research for the same book

Motorcycle Club (MC) books - started watching Sons of Anarchy

Rom Coms - they are the best

And a few other books out of my comfort zone. 

 

I picked up this book at my local library. I liked the premise of the book and it sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try. I like a good love triangle if it's written well.  

 

This book definitely had potential but it took a few turns that I did not agree with.  

 

Synopsis: 

 

Best friends Lani and Erin couldn’t be more different. Lani’s reserved and thoughtful; Erin’s bubbly and outgoing. Lani likes to do her own thing; Erin prefers an entourage. There’s no possible way they could be interested in the same guy.

So when Erin starts dating Jason, Lani can’t believe she feels such a deep connection with him—and it may be mutual. The more Lani fights it, the more certain she feels that it’s her fate to be with Jason. But what do you do when the love of your life is the one person you can’t have?

 

My Review:

 

I give Something Like Fate, three stars.

 

 

 

I wish I could've liked this book more, but there was so much I didn't agree with, that I just couldn't give it a higher rating. I probably should've give it a two or two and a half, but I gave it three stars because I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it.  

 

THE PROS: 

 

Colasanti knows how to build a relationship between two people. Other reviews stated that Jason's character was stale, I didn't feel that way at all. Lani, on the other hand, annoyed me. She was so wrapped up in fate and horoscopes that she wasn't really living her life on her own.  

 

The book was a fast read. Short chapters made it easy to stop and go. I'm one of those weird, I need to read until the end of the chapter kind of people. Shorter chapters make it easier for me to do that, but in all honesty, I don't write short chapters. (sorry)

 

THE CONS:

 

If you follow my book reviews at all, then you would know that one of my biggest peeves when it comes to reading, is reading a book that is repetitive. When you add immature teenage lingo on top of that repetition, you might as well drag your nails down a chalk board and hit my head with a board a couple times.  

 

The author used repetitive valley girl type speak throughout the book. 

 

And I go.

And he goes. 

I was like. 

He was like. 

 

Nope, can't do it! 

 

I also didn't like how bullying was glorified at the end of the book. I felt like the bullying was never handled and it was kind of half-assed fixed. Relationships were severely severed for stupid reasons that could've been fixed with a little maturity.  It was like the author only wanted one certain outcome to happen and that Lani didn't deserve to be happy unless it was only in that way.  

 

I felt bad for Lani. 

I also never really liked a lot of the characters so I didn't feel bad when bad things happened to them.  

 

Because I finished the book and it did keep my interest I gave it three stars, but in all honesty it probably should be lower. 

 

This book would be great for a young teenage girl, but I think the author could've created a stronger dialogue that is more mature and easier to read.  

 

If you want to read Something Like Fate, you can pick it up  HERE.

 

 

 

Reading Challenges:

 

This book only fulfilled one of my challenges. The Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. 

 

Because this book did not have characters over the age of 18, and it DID NOT READ like a mature book I could not use it for my NA Goodreads Reading Challenge.  

 

For the Pop Sugar reading challenge I'm going to mark off this book as a book about or involving social media because of the bullying that happens at the end of it. 

 

I'm also going to start a third reading challenge this year, The Nerd Daily Reading challenge.  You can see where I filled in the books I've read below. 

 

 

 

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