Tuesday, February 19, 2013


The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
(The Coincidence #1)
by Jessica Sorensen

Ebook Published December 13, 2012
Get a copy at for 99¢ at Barnes & NobleAmazon • other stores

 (Technically 4.3, rounded to 4)

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.

Stunning. Gripping. Gritty. Brutal. Harsh. Immobilizing. Heartbreaking. Soul-searing. That's how I describe THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE & KAYDEN by Jessica Sorensen. This coming of age contemporary romance is a matter-of-fact narrative of two college students battling with the effects of abuses. Domestic. Sexual. Physical. Emotional. From family. From friends. From themselves.

Faint of heart readers may want to shy away from this but I would encourage you to take this book on. Sorensen must have done her research because of her strikingly accurate portrayals of abuse and the reactions by the victims. I won't kid you... it is hard to keep reading in spots because it is so brutally honest. You are dunked into the minds of the characters and it starts to feel like its happening to you. It is important to understand what they are going through because this happens in real life. And these issues don't go away by sticking our heads in the sand. We as a society need to start looking and dealing with these problems. We need to be aware of the warning signs and be willing to help those dealing with abuse. This book has a lot of great information disguised as a novel.

My two issues with the book are one: the amount of profanity and two: the slow start. I thought the amount used was a bit over the top, even with the family dynamics and sociology involved. Sorensen starts us off a bit slower than I would like, but the rest of the book was paced beautifully. I was drawn...scratch that... sucked into this dynamic story. 

Callie is so multifaceted and rich. I really connected with her and her feelings. It was heartbreaking to watch everyone gloss over the warning signals and pretend that they didn't see her silent cries for help. Kayden is such a strong figure in some ways, and a scared little boy in others. He had so many issues he was wrestling with and you felt his drowning in anguish. It cracked my heart to read how they dealt with their pain. Their stuttering, roller coaster friendship/relationship was so real and honest. It wasn't a glossy picturesque H.E.A. nor was it over-the-top angst. It wasn't exaggerated or over blown. They are survivors and it showed the power of leaning on each other to heal wounds together.

The cliff hanger had me hyperventilating. It was sadistic to readers aka ME! I can not wait for the next installment releasing February 28th! 

NOTE: This is NOT Young Adult. There is a great deal of profanity, adult situations and sexual content. It is NA (New Adult) / Adult.