Thursday, May 13, 2010

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

[description from goodreads]

Lani and Erin are bonded for life. One thing that connects them is their fascination of fate. Lani wonders how much of our lives has already been decided and how much we can actually influence. Since the Unknown can unexpectedly change our lives forever, how much can we really control?

From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can't deny the intense connection they share. It feels like she's known him forever. She's not sure if he feels it, too. But it doesn't matter. Because Jason is Erin's boyfriend. Lani is determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than risk hurting her best friend.

How long can Lani keep running from the boy who might be her destiny?

Review:

Susane Colasanti's novels never fail to amuse me, and Something Like Fate is no exception. While I think it may have worked a bit better if it was an "I like the same boy as my best friend" book rather than a "I like my best friend's boyfriend" book, I still really enjoyed it.

Remember how yesterday I said I hate when protagonists don't have hobbies? Well, Lani does! Astrology and fate! And the environment club! You can probably guess that this made me happy. I loved that she was passionate about her hobbies and how they actually played a role in the book. Seeing how the astrology especially was tied in was not only fun, but also gave Lani a bit more personality. I loved that she was a bit obsessive, because really, who can't relate to that? She was fun to read about, especially when she interacted with her awesome BFF, Blake. Though I did hate that she would introduce dialogue with "He was like..."

My main issue with the book, which I briefly alluded to in the first paragraph, is that some things I never fully believed. There were hardly any scenes with both Erin and Jason in them, so I had a hard time believing they were actually dating. Half the time I never even believed Erin and Lani were friends since Erin just walked all over her. I also never understood what Jason was thinking- it was obvious that he liked Lani and he never seemed to like Erin, so why did he and Erin go out? Am I just supposed to assume he kept dating her because 'boys are dumb'?

And I must mention: the book is separated into three parts, and part 3 is such a drastic change in tone that I was a bit thrown off. It also moved quickly, so while I enjoyed the sweet ending, I had a hard time believing the events were happening that fast.

Something Like Fate is not always believable, but it's still a cute read. Not my favorite Susane Colasanti novel, nor my favorite "I like my best friend's boyfriend" book, but I liked it nonetheless.

Book details: Viking/Hardcover/$17.99

Links: author website/blog/twitter

2 comments:

  1. I kind of agree, I think the first two parts flowed so easily, but the third part totally threw me and jarred me out of the book a little. I too wish there had been more scenes with Erin and Jason, because I found it a bit too easy to feel more compassionate towards Lani even though she was basically the one in the wrong. Fabulous review

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  2. Thanks for your honest review! :)

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