Sunday, May 01, 2011

Review: Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Title: Something Like Fate
Author: Susane Colasanti
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Lani and Erin are lifelong best friends — and total opposites. Lani’s a down-to-earth Taurus; Erin’s a fiery Leo. Lani likes to do her own thing; Erin prefers an entourage. They’ve always had wildly different tastes, from pizza toppings to guys.

That is, until Erin starts dating Jason.

From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can’t deny the amazing connection she feels with him. It’s like they’ve known each other their whole lives. She’s not sure if he feels it, too — but even if he does, he’s off-limits. Lani’s determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than hurt her best friend.

Then Erin goes away for the summer — and Jason seems to appear everywhere Lani turns. How long can she keep running from the guy who just might be the love of her life?
Review: I’ve heard mixed things about Susane Colasanti. Some love her books while others find them to be okay. When I saw this book on the shelf on the library, I decided to give it a try. I’m happy to say that I liked what I read.

The plot and story are very stereotypical. It’s been done before: the girl who isn’t noticed who’s got the really hot friend when begins to date a guy who this girl likes. Though I was expecting it to be very similar, Colasanti adds in her own thing like the concept of fate and Astrology and Horoscopes and makes it more…unique. She adds in other teenage, high school issues which gives her a great plot line.

Colasanti has a different writing style. Instead of “she said” it’s “he’s like.” I thought it was going to get really annoying and I was going to hate the dialogue but the way she made her words flow, this type of dialogue writing helped make it flow better. Sometimes, yes, it did get annoying but it wasn’t that bad. Overall, Colasanti has a great writing style that’s very unique, real, and fun to read.

Lani, Erin, and Jason, I thought, were going to be very stereotypical. They were in some senses: Lani wasn’t as confident about herself and she was somewhat of a follower of Erin’s. She changed as the book progressed and worried a lot about what Erin would think when she found out about her and Jason. She changed, yes, but not as much as I would have liked her too or how much I would have expected her too. Lani, to me, was kind of boring. Erin was a good friend and yes she did become a very mean towards the end, but that’s what I expected from her. Her personality was like that and that’s how I expect a girl to behave when she learns that her best friend was with her boyfriend. Jason, actually, was a sweetheart and I loved him. Overall, I think Colsanti has great characters but some got on my nerves and I didn’t like them all too much.

Overall, Something Like Fate was a cute, fun, and quick read. I did like this book a lot but some of the things mentioned above (hopefully) give enough reasons for the rating. I’m going to give her other books a try and not just judge her writing on this book alone. I do recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.

Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 4/5
—Love it! It goes with the book!

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