Friday, 11 January 2013

REVIEW: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden 

(The Coincidence #1) by Jessica Sorensen  

Goodreads Blurb:

There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved. 
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. 
My Callie and Kayden:

* 4 STARS *  Review:

"Life is full of luck, like getting dealt a good hand, or simply by being in the right place at the right time. Some people get luck handed to them, a second chance, a save. It can happen heroically, or by a simple coincidence, but there are those who don’t get luck on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved."
With cut hair and "homeless" clothes, Callie has been school weirdo since 6th grade. But the truth is that she prefers to be unnoticed by others. Callie is self-conscious with dark secret that is constantly on her mind, secret that unables her to live happy and ordinary life. So she just hides from everyone. Until she starts attending college and befriends Seth. With him she feels comfortable and a bit happier because he understands...

This book is written in dual point of view so readers gets alternating Callie's and Kayden's POV. Kayden's life is also very difficult. He is popular and happy on the outside. But he is detached from any feelings to help him survive the life with the secret of his own...
"After that pain is just pain. I can do pain. Thats the easy part of life. Its everything else, hapiness, laughter, love, thats fucking complicated."
This book is about two emotionally broken individuals who are so damaged that they prefer physical pain over emotional one. This book is about physical abuse, about lost willpower to live your life and about coincidence that changes lives and makes people feel truly alive again.

The thing that I liked the most about this book is the fact that it made me think. Think about life and troubles people have to face in their lives. It made me speculate why were characters behaving this or that way. And I love when book is able to do that to me.

I really liked the story and the characters. But overall I did not love it (hence my 4 stars instead of 5). It just lacked some of the charisma for me. Probably because I have read similar books countless times and it did not bring anything overly original. Yes, it was a page turner and thoughtful book but story about two damaged individuals falling in love was here in plenty of variantions before. But do not get me wrong, this book is definitely worht of reading and I would highly recommend it!
“In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.”
To tell the truth I was hooked right after the prologue. And last 10% left me totally hyperventilating. But with the quite huge cliffhanger at the end, I so cannot wait to read second book The Redemption of Callie and Kayden.

Teaser from book 2 - do not read if you have not read book 1 yet!
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Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing

Lucia is 29 years old passionate reader and reviewer who enjoys talking about all bookish things. Currently she lives in Prague, works in business industry and dreams of starting her own publishing company. Her weakness? She can never say no to cake, coffee or good novel.


  1. I enjoyed this book and I think you got the casting perfect!

    1. Thanks Lindy, I am glad you like pictures :) I am curious what will happen in next book!

  2. Awesome review! Your Kayden is smokin' hot.