Book Review: Just Like Fate by Suzanne Young & Cat Patrick

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Choice, consequences, and fate collide in Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young’s first YA collaboration, Just Like Fate.

just like fateCaroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline’s been at Gram’s bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape–both her family and the reality of Gram’s failing health. So when Caroline’s best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram’s side, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths–and she’s about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she’s ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending…

Young and Patrick cleverly weave a story of two possible paths for one teenage girl, as she navigates the heartache of loss and love. Though Just Like Fate often gets the “Sliding Doors” comparison, it’s not just a rewrite for teens.

Young and Patrick take the concept of two possible outcomes and turn the focus not on the how or why of Caroline’s split fate — but on the parallel journeys she now faces. The story is about the choices she must make, and the fallout of those choices — and how, while actions have consequences, sometimes fate has a bigger plan for all of us.

Filled with sadness and hope, and loss and love, Just Like Fate is a story that will resonant with readers at any stage in life, and leave everyone feeling a little more uplifted by the book’s last page.

Just Like Fate is in stores now.

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