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.
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden was a very difficult read for me, because I loved the cover and I just really wanted to read it! I have been in a huge New Adult craze lately, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my greedy hands on all of it. This one was a bit of a disappointment, though. The writing wasn’t all that great, the characters weren’t that lovable, and I was a bit uncomfortable in several spots. There are a lot of people out there who adore this series, though, so maybe I’m just the odd one out.
There are a lot of uncomfortable scenes in this book. Child abuse, bulimia, rape, bullying, and other forms of self-abuse are major topics in this book. The synopsis kind of hints toward maybe one or two of those topics, but I really felt like they were pushed on me out of nowhere. If you have any triggers, this might not be the book for you. I ended up having to skip several scenes, because I didn’t feel very comfortable reading them. Contemporary lovers might end up really enjoying this book because those topics are so realistic. I wasn’t a fan of having all of those topics forced into one book. I felt that it took away from the characters and made the story really awkward and uncomfortable to read.
I didn’t like either Callie or Kayden, which made it a bit difficult since they are the main characters. Callie was very reserved, kind of boring, very whiney, and very dependent on Seth and Kayden. Kayden was not nearly manly enough for my taste. I tend to lean toward tougher bad boy types, and I especially 100% need that in my New Adult books. He just seemed way too weak for my taste. It’s very difficult for me to say this, because I understand that both Callie and Kayden both have emotional and mental issues. In reality, this is probably how both of them would act. I also know that I would probably have nothing to do with either of them in real life. So I think it just comes down to taste.
Not only was I not a big fan of the characters or topics, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. There wasn’t one scene where I was blown away. I have two other books to read by Jessica Sorensen, and I have to admit that I’m not all that excited now. I really need to relate in some way to my characters and to have big emotional scenes that really just tear at my heart. I didn’t have that. I just…didn’t care for this book.
Overall, I probably would not recommend this book. Contemporary lovers may enjoy it, but I just thought that it was pretty bland, and it just wasn’t for me.
Publication Date: December 13th, 2013
Rating: [rating: 2]
Teaser Quote: “In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.”