The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen – [Book Review]

By Jessica Sorensen

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published December 13th 2012
Series: The Coincidence #1

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.”

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is a wonderfully written story about multiple lives that were unfortunately grounded in abuse of different forms. The situations these kids (showing my age, here. They’re in college) had to endure we’re absolutely heartbreaking. This review is coming from my second read through, and it was just as wrenching and addicting as the first time I read it.

Jessica Sorensen has hit the mark with these characters. Their individual stories were so awful, and she brought them to life as I was reading. This is true for secondary characters as well. My heart continually broke for Callie and Kayden, especially, but also for Seth, Luke, and, not until the second time, Violet. I couldn’t look away from this group as they struggled to overcome the terrible things that had happened to them. Sorenson presented their thoughts and emotions so, so well. It really felt like I was in the story, talking to them.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is never dull, it builds and builds until the unthinkable happens and I was left gasping and clutching the book tightly in my hands. This is by no means a light or easy read, and it is definitely NOT young adult (due to language and content), so keep in mind that it is in the New Adult genre. The trauma of this book will hopefully make the redemption of the second book even sweeter. This was the first novel by Jessica Sorenson that I’ve read, and you better believe I’ll be back for more. In fact, I have the second book, The Redemption of Callie and Kayden, on my Kindle and I’m starting it as soon as I finish typing this review. THAT’S how captivating this story is.

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