Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Just Like FateΒ by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young
Simon Pulse | Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Oh how my life would be so much different if I were given a the chance to preview the end result of a decision I must make at a given time!

Just Like Fate is not so much a story about a girl who’s been given the chance to re-do one night but more like readers are given two perspectives on how each of her choices turned out. We see where each roads will take her and what’s waiting for her at the end of those roads.

It wasn’t anything to do with some freak thing that happened a la Groundhog Day or anything. This is more like the authors telling Caroline’s story in two tangents; sort of what would happen if she chose one path over the other. On a night when her grandmother was practically on her deathbed, she had to choose between staying beside her or to go to a party with her friends.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. This should be a no-brainer. Unless Caroline is a selfish, spoiled girl who only cared about herself that she would choose to go to a party. Honestly, I’m thinking the same thing. I don’t care how difficult life has been for you but if you claim to feel so much love for your grandma, you better damn well stay right beside her bed until she expels her last breath. But if there was only one choice then there wouldn’t be a book.

So the authors created two stories of what if scenarios.

If she goes, she meets the most incredible guy in the entire universe.

If she stays she has the chance to say goodbye to her grandmother.

If she goes, she’ll resent her best friend for coercing her to going.

If she stays, Joel, her long-time crush will finally pay her some attention.Β 

If she goes, her grandmother will perish into the night without a word, goodbye – thus earning some underlying resentment from her family.

If she stays, she’ll miss the chance to bridge a broken relationship between her and her estranged father.

What I like about this story was even though there were two paths, they ended up parallel to each other somehow. If Caroline got injured in one, she’ll also suffer the same fate only in different circumstances. We’re also given two different Carolines: the one that stayed was a little bit braver despite being completely devastated. The one who went somehow lost some of her courage, defeated by guilt. She gave up way too easily and had become easily fooled.

Over all, I do like the concept. Some readers will find a certain lack of cohesiveness to the story but you’d be missing the point if that’s what you’re worried about. You should just enjoy its simplicity.

  • Good review. I've been curious about this one because of the story but feedback has been mixed.

  • it's funny to do to possible stories, I don't think I ever read something like that.

  • I love Cat Patrick's other books. I wonder if I'll like this one. Like you said to me there would be only one choice which is to stay. Maybe I'll get a little annoyed with the Caroline that goes to the party? The book sounds interesting enough to add to me TBR list though. Great review Joy!

  • I had my eye on this book for sometime, but wasn't really sure whether it would be, but I actually think you've convinced me in giving it a go! I like the sound of how both paths end up parallel to one another! Lovely review Joy! πŸ™‚

  • I do love Cat and Suzanne and I got a copy of this for this weekend when I was suppose to see them. It looks like Suzanne won't be making it this time though. πŸ™ But still, I'm very excited to read this. It sounds very different and I'm rather curious as to how it wraps up.

  • Thanks, Jen. πŸ™‚

  • I say, if you have mounds of pile to tackle, this is probably one of those you can put off. I think it's still worth the read, anyway. πŸ™‚

  • There were moments but not so deep that it will bring you to tears.

  • I hope you'll get to read it, Evie. πŸ™‚

  • Yeah, that was pretty cool. There wasn't anything scientific about the parallels.

  • I enjoyed this one too! I did like that incredible guy and I loved her best friend! Great review πŸ™‚
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Ohh, sounds like an awesome story. I wouldn't be able to read it, I think, but it sounds awesome πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it, even though it wasn't perfect ;p Made me curious about “the most incredible guy in the entire universe.” Hiih. Though, her poor grandma πŸ™ Sad face. Awesome review, Joy. <3

  • Oh wow this sounds like such a deep and moving story. I've never read a book like this before

  • I like the sound of this story! I am always such a sucker for scifi-themed books and while I know that this one here is written more like a contemporary book, I still can't help loving the idea of two parallel realities and two different choices that will result in different endings. How cool! I'm glad you enjoyed it, Joy! Thank you for your awesome review! Looking forward to reading Just Like Fate πŸ™‚

  • Love the premise of the what ifs and the parallel paths that still correlate