Summary: 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.
I purchased a digital copy of this book on Amazon.
Oh. My. Gosh. I absolutely loved this book!!!
It was incredible! I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn’t expecting this heartbreaking, deep, breathtaking story. I couldn’t put this book down. Literally. I had a bunch of stuff to do and I did it all as one handed as I could or it didn’t get done. And I don’t even feel bad about it.
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
was absolutely heart wrenching. Both characters suffered from pretty terrible things. I wasn’t expecting this book to get into the grit of the situations and it did and I was thoroughly impressed by that. I thought this would be a great romance that I’d really enjoy, but I wasn’t prepared for the assault of emotions and the realness of the story and it all just took me by surprise. I was completely engrossed in the story and cared about Callie and Kayden a lot.
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
was written in dual first person point of view, which I really enjoyed. I was able to get into both of their heads and see things from their points of view as they struggled with so many emotions and past events. It was fantastic. The writing was spectacular and it drew me in. It’s the kind of story that hits you in the gut, gives you that book hangover, and lingers even hours after you’ve finished. At first, I thought it would be a teen movie kind of story with a predictable recipe: weird shy girl meets stunning popular guy and they fall in love, have some steamy moments, etc. But oh, these weren’t caricatures that fit into neat little categories. Callie and Kayden were such real, haunted individuals with an even more real and complex relationship that just blew me away.
I don’t even have words. I wish I had gifs. Or something. This is my first book by Jessica Sorensen and now I realize what the buzz is about. She’s a fantastic writer and storyteller. This book blew me away and made me ache and gasp and cry out in shock. In fact, I think it would have been entertaining to have seen my expressions while reading it. It was such a moving, deep, absolutely incredible story. It’s a MUST READ
Before I babble on incoherently and lose any credibility, here are some quotes I liked:
“Life is full of luck, like getting dealt a good hand, or simply by being in the right place at the right time. Some people get luck handed to them, a second chance, a save. It can happen heroically, or by a simple coincidence, but there are those who don’t get luck on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.”
“In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.”
“‘No, I just never wanted to throw them away. Even if they were broken, I still loved them.’ She peers down into the case, completely oblivious to how much her words mean to me.”
I’m really glad I finally decided to read it! I highly recommend the book.
My review was originally posted here.