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Book Review: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #1) by Jessica Sorensen




From the bestselling author of The Secret of Ella and Micha comes a mesmerizing novel of fate, friendship, and the healing power of love . . .


For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck — and his life — might finally end… until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved…



The families of Callie Lawrence and Kayden Owens have known each other for most of their lives. Even inviting each other over dinner or other gatherings. But Callie and Kayden revolves around complete opposite poles. Kayden is the quarterback in their school’s football team while Callie is dubbed as the girl who’s anorexic, Satan worshiper and so forth.

But one coincidence brought Callie and Kayden together…

Now that they are in college, they never would have thought that that night will pave way in bringing them closer and lead them to be each other’s anchor in being able to face their nightmares, fears and unimaginable sufferings from the past.

Together they slowly face their haunting experiences.

Together they help each other to heal from everything that they’ve been through.

Everything is a process and we witness how their story turned out in this book.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden has the typical high school setting. You know, wherein one character is the star of everything while the other suffers from the hands of vicious teenagers. I love the fact that the book was told from both of their POVs because it gave me the sense of having the complete experience in knowing their thoughts. It also brought in the satisfaction of feeling their immediate emotions in the different situations that their characters went through. Everything seems to feel raw when authors do that dual POV thing and let the readers have their way with the emotions of the characters.

Callie’s situation was really predictable. Upon noticing that she was so closed off to everyone, I sensed that something was really wrong with her. My first instinct immediately went to “someone did something to her”. I tried to wait for a big moment for her character but then I didn’t get that. Yes, Kayden knew about what she experienced but the scene just didn’t come out as powerful as I expected. She blurted it out and Kayden consoled her. Done deal. It lacked some punches in the emotion department.

If you thought that Callie is the only one who’s having issues in this book, then you’re wrong. Kayden is carrying his own baggage too and makes the story heavier. I can’t fathom that all those years he just allowed that to happen to him. Who cares if your father or mother is a high profile person in your town? I know it started out when Kayden was young and pretty much clueless on how to handle it but he could have done something to stop it when he was of age already. I’m angry with his parents and sad that Kayden’s numb from the pain and so used to it already.

I quite like the progress of their relationship. It’s slooooow. But given their situations, I think that department was really handled well by the author. Both our main characters are tied down to their past and can’t seem to escape it. I like those parts when they started opening up to each other. It became their way of letting go some parts of their past and learning how to trust new people to enter their lives. They were just there for each other. Thinking that from the beginning of the story they were the total opposite but it turned out that inside themselves they have something in common. They share the same sentiments and powerful linkages that only both of them can understand.

With this book’s ending, I think the direction of the story for the second book will follow throuh Kayden’s issue and I hope that it will also give something that can resolve Callie’s.

No matter how messed up they are and quite unsure of themselves, I was glad that they got together. They truly deserve to be happy.

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




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