Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Coincidence, #1
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.
First of all I just have to say that the ending to this book is KILLING ME. I need to know what happens!!!! My heart is aching!! Okay. Caaaalm. I am calm. Inhale. Exhale..
Callie Lawrence and Kayden Owens both have secrets that they vow to never tell anyone. They keep themselves closed off from everyone around them, never getting too close or too attached. But that all changes when Callie finds out Kayden's secret the night before she moves away to college. Four months later, Callie has found a friend in Seth, a vibrant gay guy who has secrets of his own, and she's slowly letting herself get control of her life back. When Kayden joins the same school, he finds Callie fascinating and can't understand his feelings for her, his need to be close to her at all times, and why she's so jumpy and reserved even though she wants him. They're relationship grows slowly, yet passionately, as they both want nothing more than to let go of the past and finally live freely and happily.
What I liked:
Callie and Kayden's relationship. Even though a lot of the time they were having moments of freaking out because they were getting to close to someone they barely knew, they still felt their emotions for the other very passionately and tried their hardest to let go of their haunting pasts and just be with each other. There is a lot of darkness in the Coincidence of Callie and Kayden. Jessica takes on issues such as rape, abuse, bullying and sexuality. Things that are uncomfortable to talk about but need to be discussed. She shows what bottling it all up inside can do to a person and how going through these traumatic events affect the victim. It was very emotional. I loved reading about the little steps that Callie and Seth took just to feel normal again, something they called The List. They would write down things that they wanted to do to conquer their fears and then they would do them, even if it was terrifying. My favorite part was watching Callie and Kayden slowly fall for each other. They had a lot of set-backs because of what they each have been through but they always pushed through them.
"It's amazing how the things you remember forever are the things you'd rather forget and the things you desperately want to grasp onto seem to slip away like sand in the wind."
What I didn't like:
IT WAS TOO SHORT. That is my only complaint. Other than my first statement about where the ending left off on a HUGE cliffhanger and had me saying "NO NO NO NO NO THIS CAN'T BE THE END!! WHYYYYYYY"
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is a wonderful story of two people just wanting to be normal, to get away from their horrifying past and finally heal from the scars left on them after so many years. It is emotional, heartbreaking yet beautiful, and leaves you dying to know what happens next.