Review and Giveaway: Something Like Fate

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?”–Jacket copy

I met Susane Colasanti at a book signing before I read any of her books. I had several of her works on my wish list, and was hearing a lot of buzz before the release of Something Like Fate, so when I heard that she was going to be signing about 20 minutes away from my house, I knew I had to go. I’m glad that I got the opportunity to listen to her speak and read from the book before reading it myself because I was able to hear Colasanti’s voice in my head throughout the novel.

Something Like Fate is not based on a particularly unique premise. The main character falls in love with her best friend’s boyfriend; we’ve all seen this before. (I hear Elizabeth Scott’s The Unwritten Rule is based on the same basic idea; I hope to read it soon to find out for myself.) There’s nothing wrong with returning to this archetypal story if you can do it well, and I found Colasanti’s writing itself to be fresh and enjoyable. Colasanti’s ten years of experience as a high school teacher showed in her realistic teen dialogue and understanding of adolescent emotions. She grasps the heightened sense of reality teens often experience, in which everything feels bigger because it is happening for the first time. The only writing quirk I struggled with was Colasanti’s deviation from the typical “he said” and “she said” preceding dialogue to “he was like” and “she goes.” Having heard Colasanti talk, I know that this is true to her voice, and I’m sure that of many teenagers, but I still found it somewhat distracting. Beyond that, I had fun with Lani’s eccentric obsession with fate and her eco-geek tendencies; I was captivated by the painful circumstances bonding Lani and Erin; and I swooned over the connection between Lani and Jason–even if Erin’s disruption of their relationship made me want to scream at the book from time to time.

At the signing, Susane Colasanti was generous enough to give out signed postcards from her previous books: When It Happens, Waiting For You, and Take Me There. One random commenter will receive a set of three postcards. All the normal giveaway rules apply:

Something Like Fate Postcard Giveaway Details: Contest Ends at 12:01 AM on June 19

  • To enter, leave a comment with an email address at which I can contact you.
  • For extra entries, you can tweet or blog about this giveaway. (Or use whatever other social networking site you prefer.) Leave a link for each mention in a separate comment for them to be counted individually.
  • One commenter will be chosen by to win the postcards.
  • This contest is U.S. only.
  • You must be 13 or older to enter.
  • While you do not have to become a member or subscriber to win this contest, I would encourage you to do so in order to get information about upcoming giveaways.
  • I would also like to add a reminder that the Gimme a Call Giveaway is still going until June 1, The Tension of Opposites giveaway will continue until June 12, and the contest for An Infinite Thread ends June 16.

Quotable Quotes from Something Like Fate

  • “I’m not a fan of the Unknown. The Unknown can change your entire life in an instant. The Unknown can take everything away from you and never give it back. Your life can end in a flash before you even have time to know it’s over.”
  • “If Blake were any farther back in the closet, he’d have random Boy Scout camping equipment and shirts he outgrew in middle school piled on top of him.”
  • “An entire container of glitter just spilled all over the place. Educating the public is never easy.”
  • “If the psychic was right, I’ll have more than one great love in my lifetime. Which means I’ll get another chance. But is that any reason to throw my first chance away?”
  • “Merging was completely hopeless. I’m terrified of merging. Merging is for people who can go out into the world and take charge. Merging is for people who laugh at fear. Merging is not for people who truly believe a truck will ram into them and flatten their car right when they get on the highway.”
  • “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” Attributed to Jean de La Fontaine
  • “Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.” Attributed to Lemony Snicket

18 Responses to "Review and Giveaway: Something Like Fate"

  • Took me forever to figure out where to comment. LOL. Nice blog. I enjoyed it. I’ve read When it Happens by Colasanti and loved it. I plan to check this one out too.

    1 Kelley Vitollo said this (May 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM)

  • Kelley, sorry it was hard to find, but glad you figured it out! Just have to scroll WAY down, or hit the “# comments” link on the side of the post.

    I read on the reviews that a lot of people preferred When it Happens. I got all of Colasanti’s books at the signing, so will have to read that one soon. Always a struggle to make it through the TBR pile and balance out books I have purchased and others I have gotten from the library. Due dates often win out, but I’m trying to get back to some of the books I bought.

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