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Fate Will Find A Way

Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young would like to remind you—through their book Just Like Fate—that there are some things you just can’t change, regardless of the decisions you make. Plus: You can win a copy!

Fate Will Find A Way

BOOK REPORT for Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Cover Story: Playing Card Big Face
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Sliding Doors
Bonus Factors: Kickass Gram, Fate
Relationship Status: Thanks For The Memories

Cover Story: Playing Card Big Face

If someone were to create a deck of playing cards using YA covers, this would be a perfect start for the Queen of Hearts. The girl is super pretty, however, and I love her freckles (and the fact that the cover designer didn’t photoshop them away).

The Deal:

The most important person in Caroline’s life is her grandmother. When Gram has a stroke and is put into hospice care, Caroline practically starts living at her bedside. One Friday night, however, Caroline is faced with a seemingly innocent decision—stay with Gram or attend a party with her best friend Simone. Either choice will have a ripple effect on the rest of Caroline’s life. And we, dear readers, through the magic of the written word, get to see both sides.

BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh

Don’t get me wrong—Caroline’s a pretty cool chick. She’s smart and funny, and can be a devoted and loyal person. But her penchant for running away from her problems and not wanting to have to make the hard decisions made me feel, for much of the book, more like a mom older sister than a BFF. Girl also makes some seriously poor choices when it comes to the male species.

Swoonworthy Scale: 5

One decision leads Caroline to meet Christopher Drake, a college student and musician from a neighboring town. Chris is a little bit of a dudebro at first, but he’s goofy in a sweet kind of way, and totally hung up on Caroline from the start. The swoon is strong with this one.

The other decision creates an opportunity for a relationship with a guy that Caroline has lusted over for much of her life: Joel Ryder, an emo-light kid who attends her high school and is really good at art. The two have been acquaintances for ages, but Caroline’s love has always gone unrequited, due, in part, to the fact that Joel has a girlfriend. When circumstances change, however, Caroline’s eager to test the waters … even if those waters aren’t what she thought they would be. The sleaze is strong with this one.

One gets high marks, the other gets low—which results in that middle score you see above.

Talky Talk: Sliding Doors

Just Like Fate was written by two authors—Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young. The two wrote the opening and epilogue together, but split the rest of the chapters up, each taking one path as determined by Caroline’s decision to either stay with Gram or head to the party. Had I not known this, I never would have realized that the chapters were written by different people. Patrick and Young obviously know each other well and are familiar with each others’ writing styles.

The separate chapters, which alternate between “Stay” and “Go,” can get a little confusing at times. I often found myself checking the bottom of the page to see which path I was on. And since both of the the paths do have similar characters and events, I occasionally got confused on which event happened in which path. That said, I’m very impressed with Patrick and Young’s ability to craft two stories that are so different and yet connect back together (at the end of the book) so well. 

Bonus Factor: Kickass Gram

Caroline’s Gram is only in the book for a short while, but she makes an impact. And gives really great advice.

Bonus Factor: Fate

Just Like Fate has some pretty strong opinions on fate (obvs) and how the choices in our lives affect some things, but others are predestined—the path we take to get there just might be a bit different depending on other factors. Although I’m a total believer in free will, I am also a hopeless romantic, so it’s kind of fun to think that there are some things that you’re just destined to do. (If they’re good, that is. If you’re predestined to, say, destroy the Earth, then I might consider this one an Anti-bonus Factor.)

Casting Call:

Shailene Woodley as Caroline

I know, I know. She’s in everything these days. But I needed someone for Caroline who can pull off the innocent, “I could burst into tears at any moment,” look, but still have an actual personality underneath.

Adam Brody as Joel Ryder

Wes Aderhold as Chris Drake

I flipped the typical roles of these gents (although I’ve only ever seen Wes in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) for this casting, having Adam play the the dud and Wes the guy with a heart of gold.

Relationship Status: Thanks For The Memories

It was fun getting to know you, Book, in the short time we spent together. You told me an interesting story in an unique manner, and I do appreciate your views on fate. I don’t know that I’ll be revisiting you any time soon, but it was nice while it lasted.

Want to win your own copy of Just Like Fate? Leave us a comment below, letting us know if you believe in fate or telling us a story about something you might have been destined to do! One lucky winner will be randomly chosen Sept. 26. Make sure to check the comments/your email next Thursday to claim your prize!

The giveaway open to U.S. residents only, sadly. (Sorry non-U.S. friends!) The giveaway is now closed.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a free review copy from HarperTeen. I received neither fresh-baked brownies nor money for this review (dammit!). Just Like Fate is available now.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.