Thursday, May 06, 2010

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Best friends Lani and Erin couldn’t be more different. Lani’s reserved and thoughtful; Erin’s bubbly and outgoing. Lani likes to do her own thing; Erin prefers an entourage. There’s no possible way they could be interested in the same guy.

So when Erin starts dating Jason, Lani can’t believe she feels such a deep connection with him—and it may be mutual. The more Lani fights it, the more certain she feels that it’s her fate to be with Jason. But what do you do when the love of your life is the one person you can’t have?

I rather enjoyed Colasanti's previous release Waiting For You and was excited to read another book from her. But it's hard to not compare it to Elizabeth Scott's The Unwritten Rule which was also recently released which explores a similar subject. But I'll try not to talk about that much here as to not detract from Something Like Fate. But if you liked one of these titles I'd definitely suggest trying the other to get another take on the subject.

My favorite part of Something Like Fate was Lani and Jason finding their connection and I really believe stuff like this happens for people, it's fate and you can't deny it I don't think. I love the theme of fate in this book. Every time they would get together as a group with Erin and Blake, Lani would notice more and more she had in common with Jason but tried to push it aside since he was with Erin. It was not an option for a long time until she realized this might be her chance at something amazing.

I would have liked to have gotten to know Erin a bit more because then I would have felt the emotional stress that Lani was feeling because from where I was standing Erin had no business in a relationship that was made for Lani and Jason. I also would have liked to get to know more about Lani not in relation to Jason, for example I really liked her relationship with her friend Blake, great subplot.

One nitpicky thing I will point out was the use of things such as "And then I was like" or "Then he was like". I know that people do speak like that, I do, but it did start to get on my nerves after a few uses.

Something Like Fate was released on May 4th

Genre: Young Adult
3.5/5 Stars
ARC provided by publisher


  1. I'm not sure this one is for me. I think the "likes" would be too distracting.

  2. I wish this one was a little bit better, because I just love that cover!

  3. I was interested to see how this one compared to The Unwritten Rule, which I LOVED. It seems to have such a similar storyline...

  4. Cover is cute, but the "likes" would really annoy me.

  5. I started to read this one and then never seemed to finish it. Maybe because I think going off with your best friends boyfriend is rather shady. However, I do agree with you on the Erin thing, because its so easy to not realy connect to her as a character and feel more for Lani. I think it would be amazing if the best friend was the one we all connected to and felt a bit of a rift with the protag, that would make for interesting reading

  6. Hmm. I just finished When It Happens and thought it was cute. Shame this one doesn't sound as exciting..

  7. I had the same problem with all the "likes" in the book. It was distracting. I'm not sure why, though, because I talk like that all the time.

  8. I read this and THE UNWRITTEN RULE in close proximity as well, and it was difficult not to compare them!

    And the "like" thing bugged me as well...

  9. You hit the nail on the head perfectly with the way the likes where. I really wanted to like this book, but just couldn't get into it. I did however read The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott a few weeks after reading Something Like Fate and absolutely love it. Go figure.

  10. Having really enjoyed Colasanti's When It Happens, I'm eager to read this one! The cover is fantastic.

  11. I've read The Unwritten Rule, which was just ... okay for me. I love some of Elizabeth Scott's stuff, and she has teen speak down (w/o being annoying and using too many "likes"), but I would've preferred to empathize more with the best friend.

    This book looks to carry a similar theme--we just *know* the protag is meant to be with the boyfriend, and best friend, well ... she'll get over it or she won't. Of course, I can't judge it w/o reading it (which I intend to do), but still ...

    If anyone knows of a good love interest book where readers empathize more with the best friend, let me know, please!


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