Review: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
(The Coincidence #1)
by Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Dec. 13, 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance
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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 Coincidence of Callie & Kayden is the story of two teens who have been going through a lot, both emotionally and physically, from a very young age. They’ve both sort of shut themselves off the from the world as a result from that. Neither of them have ever ran in the same circle of friends, even though they’ve been going to the same schools since they were little. However, when they bump into each other in college, they find a kindred soul within the other and are able to open themselves up a bit more. I do want to put out a warning that this story deals with rape and abuse.

I’ve been in a book slump for a long time and I have been having a hard time connecting with the characters that I’m reading about. However, Callie and Kayden are so raw, that it’s hard to not become attached to them. They aren’t polished characters who seem like they are scripted. They have a ton of faults and quirks that really took them from being one dimensional words on a page, to real people I could see in my head.

I think what really drew me into this story was not only the main characters, but everyone we meet in this story. Callie is able to trust and become more of herself again when she meets Seth in college. He, too, went through some form of betrayal and pain and has a lot to overcome. Seth was a great guy that had Callie’s back, but he also pushed her to try to live, too. He knew what she’d been through and never wanted to push her too far to where she’d crack, but he knew she wasn’t happy and living her life to the fullest. So you could tell that he was trying to get her to experience life again by pushing here a little bit here and there to open herself back up to the world around her.

I really enjoyed this story. I found myself not only reading it every chance I got, but I would think about the characters while I was at work. Both of these characters have a lot of secrets, and not all of them have been revealed yet, but one thing I do know is that they will be able to fully heal each other from the darkness within. I can’t wait to see these two get a HEA in the next book.

 

 

7 Thoughts on “Review: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

  1. Wow. I’ve had this on my kindle FOREVER, Kristin. It looks like I need to unearth it. I love your description of the characters – being raw, quirky, and flawed. That does make characters more relatable…makes you invest in them. I’m happy you found this and it (maybe?) pulled you out of a reading slump. I’ll have to add Callie and Kayden to the queue. 🙂

  2. Glad you got out of your book slump. I have seen this around for years with great reviews and for what ever reason never read it.

  3. I remember seeing this one around. I’m glad that it was a hit for you and that you were really able to connect and empathize with the characters. That’s a big thing for me sometimes! I love my characters. 🙂

    -Lauren

  4. I hadn’t heard of this one before but I love it when a books characters make me think of them when I’m not reading.

  5. I have had this book forever! I bought it years ago because I loved that cover but then I never got around to reading it. Still hope to get to this one one day!

  6. I love it when the characters won’t leave me alone.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. I’ve had this on my Kindle and I’ve almost started it a bunch of times. lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

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