There’s an old English proverb that says “All good things must come to an end,” and as I sit here, Kindle in hand with a blank stare plastered across my face, I have come to realize that THIS might actually be that moment. For those of you that have been living under a rock lately, (or have better things to do than ready my reviews *insert sad face*) I have been on a bit of a book high lately, slinging 4 and 5 star ratings like they are going out of style, but today, (the day I will now refer to as “Would-someone-please-give-me-my-4-hours-back Thursday”) I can assure you there will be no declarations of undying love. Instead…there will be an awkwardly tilted head (aka confusion) a scrunched nose (petulance) and one hell of a heavy sigh, (I think you can figure that one out.) For today is the day I introduce you to “blah” (otherwise known at “Something Like Fate” by Susane Colasanti.)
Lani and Erin are BFF’s, but not your average BFF’s, they are the type of BFF’s that come with a spectacularly tangled past. But despite their love for each other, they are very different. Erin is self-obsessed and boy crazy, Lani is not, or at least not until she meets Erin’s new boyfriend Jason. Jason, though mushed into the interworking of the popular crowd (like Erin) is different. Taking pleasure in the smaller things in life (like kites and abandoned railroad tracks) is just part of the reason Lani suddenly finds herself so captivated by her friends new “soul mate,” but when a few stolen moments leads to something much more serious, Lani finds herself in the biggest pickle of all. Will a past bond help these best friends survive what could be the most challenging moment in their friendship? What happens when everyone finally discovers the truth, and will true love prevail, or be tossed away like yesterday’s trash?
I have read several of Colasanti’s novel’s before, and (while yes, I know they are intended for a younger audience,) I have never been disappointed. Until now. “Something Like Fate” should have been a no brainer in the realm of emotional transference. Plain and simple, girls always want what they can’t have, and 90% of the time, that thing (aka a boy) is already someone else’s, so capturing the emotion involved in making a story (ultimately about) “falling for your friends significant other” should have been easy. Unfortunately, instead of offering up “emotion” we were offered banter. Cheeky, vapid, hollow banter, that did nothing but detract from what was really happening. Let’s just say there was a significant lack of focus. I won’t lie though, there were one or two parts that showed the emotion draw needed to make this book successful, it’s just to bad both were 2nd party interactions and came just a little too late to make the read worth it.
So what did I think? Well.. I’m sure that’s pretty obvious at this point, but if you want it in plain (unadorned and mildly boring) English I guess I can give you that. Don’t waste your time, or your hard earned cash. This one was a first rate flop.
Let’s hope this isn’t a new pattern for the once talented Colasanti.
Happy Reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: 1 potato, 2 potato, 3 potato 4, put this book back on the shelf, walk out and shut the door.
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