Book Review: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

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Title: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden written by Jessica Sorensen
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction
Published by Jessica Sorenson (Self Published), 2012
Page Count: 296
Format: E-book
Rating 5/5, it was amazing! Couldn’t put it down! I want to shout it from the top of a mountain!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #1

“In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.” – Jessica Sorensen, The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden

Let me start off by saying that I almost decided not to read this book yet. I am so glad that I did. I was surprised to find out at the very end of this book that it is going to be part of a series. Wow! While I was reading it, it never occurred to me that it might be but I can honestly say now that I know that I will most assuredly be waiting for the second book.

It’s a difficult book only because it deals with a few very difficult subjects.  It deals with abuse, a hate crime and rape. That being said, this book is wonderful and I really enjoyed it. It’s one of those books that you can’t put down and it’s also a very fast, light read.
We follow the stories of two teens who have graduated from high school and are coincidentally going off to the same college in a different town. I love that we get to experience parts of the story from both of their perspectives rather than only one of them, that definitely lends something extra to the story.
The story starts with Callie going to pick her older brother up from Kayden’s (our other narrator) big graduation party. Callie accidentally witnesses Kayden’s father beating him and being no stranger to brutality and a terrible situation, Callie interrupts the beating and helps Kayden mend his wounds. Throughout the story Kayden struggles with this because it’s strange for him to think that someone could care enough to save him like that. He is eternally grateful to her because he feels like his father would have gone too far with this beating. Even though they have never really talked and are practically strangers, after running into Callie several times when they go off to the same college, Kayden finds himself drawn to her and constantly thinking of her.
Callie on the other hand had something horrible happen to her on her twelfth birthday in her own home which causes her to remove herself from society, cut her hair, and basically try to become invisible. Early on in the story we learn that back home she really doesn’t talk to anyone or have any friends. When she goes to college she meets Seth, whom is the only guy she has learned to trust thus far and the only person with whom she has shared her terrible secret. Seth, too was a victim of a terrible crime…he was beaten by jocks who wanted to hurt him because he is gay. Seth and Callie are on a mission to change their lives and they devise a list that forms a basis for how the book is organized, that moves their lives forward. It includes things like: Dance in the Rain and Let Someone Close to You.
Kayden and Callie become friends which develops into something more as they get closer and closer to each other. Callie, obviously struggles with intimacy issues spawning from what she endured and Kayden struggles to trust his feelings and actions as well. Throughout the story they both struggle with trusting another person and struggle to push past their issues and something beautiful blooms in process. I won’t say anything about the ending because it’s crazy and you should definitely go read this book! It wasn’t at all what I was expecting and I loved it.

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