Monday, January 3, 2011

Review of Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Book:  Something Like Fate
Author:  Susane Colasanti
Published by:  Viking
Pages:  268

From Goodreads:  Lani and Erin are lifelong best friends — and total opposites. Lani’s a down-to-earth Taurus; Erin’s a fiery Leo. Lani likes to do her own thing; Erin prefers an entourage. They’ve always had wildly different tastes, from pizza toppings to guys. That is, until Erin starts dating Jason. From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can’t deny the amazing connection she feels with him. It’s like they’ve known each other their whole lives. She’s not sure if he feels it, too — but even if he does, he’s off-limits. Lani’s determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than hurt her best friend. Then Erin goes away for the summer — and Jason seems to appear everywhere Lani turns. How long can she keep running from the guy who just might be the love of her life?

What a dilemma?!?!  How can you struggle between fate and your best friend?  First, I must disclose that I'm unsure what I think about Fate.  Sometimes I believe in fate and sometimes I don't.  When I started this book I didn't believe in fate and I thought Lani was a little crazy.  But as the novel progressed and Jason and Lani become friends it was evident that, at least in this book, fate exists.  Jason and Lani have so much in common and not just typical things but these crazy concoctions, like the color and shape of water??  (that I still don't understand).  How can you keep fate from happening...a best friend.  What I tough decision.  My best friends mean the world to me and I wouldn't haven chosen the path that Lani did, but then again I was never in that situation.  

I think Colasanti did a great job with taking a real life situation most people encounter and writing about it.  Sometimes 'realistic fiction' isn't always realistic, but in this case it was.  I really liked the characters and felt I could relate to them.  I absolutely adored Lani, Jason, and Blake.  Each of these characters were unique and well developed.  They are definitely people I could imagine being friends with.  I didn't like Erin so much.  I felt like she was a very fake individual that I would not like to associate with, but she worked well for the character in the novel.  

One thing I loved about this book was the quotes.  I have to share a few of my favorites with you.

"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like."  ~Lemony Snicket

"The expected is just the beginning.  The unexpected is what changes our lives."  ~Meredith Grey  

Overall I'd give this book ★★★★


  1. Thanks for this review !! I'm adding this book to my list !!

  2. Wow. That does sound like a really interesting book to read! Now I want to know what happens in the end. . .

  3. This sounds very interesting. You're right that realistic fiction often isn't that realistic. That isn't always a bad thing - sometimes realism isn't that interesting, but it's ideal when someone can write a book that is both really interesting and could actually happen!

  4. SOMETHING LIKE FATE is an amazing read of two people drawn together by fate, but kept apart by friendship. I loved watching this story unfold and the intense bonds of both friendship and love. Susane Colasanti is a new author to watch on my personal list. I look forward to reading her next books.


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