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Jessica Sorensen presents New Adult Fiction

Books should be cherished; a good book will make you think about things for a little while, a great book will make you feel such raw intense emotions you didn’t even know could exist until you read such a book. With that being said, thank you Jessica Sorensen for writing a great book.

Jessica Sorensen played a fundamental role in the creation of a new wave of New Adult fiction that has captivated many mature young readers {myself included}. The main difference between Young Adult {YA} and New Adult {NA} fiction is the scope of the protagonist's life experience that usually tends to involve rather serious issues {i.e. sexuality, depression, alcohol abuse, self mutilation, familial struggles and bullying} as well as personal development milestones in the lives of 18-25 year olds {i.e. independence, first jobs, starting college, moving away from home, loss of innocence and fear of failure on a grand scale}.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is yet again one of the books suggested by one of my avid like minded bookworm friends {I love those people}, it’s safe to say I was not disappointed with it either. Just a little forewarning point you may want to have the second book within a very close proximity after reading because the ending will leave you anxiously waiting in a frazzled state of grief {perhaps I'm being slightly melodramatic}.

By all means “The Coincidence of Being Callie and Kayden” and “The Redemption of Callie and Kayden are two separate entities but it would be poor form to look at one without the other, they complement each other so well that to just look at one on its own would be an injustice to the series {keep a look out for Redemption coming soon}.

For me it could have been called ‘The Fragility of Young Love’ or something along those lines, just to sound a little snazzier, I have nothing against the title however it’s fairly wordy, yet at the same time I can see why Sorensen chose it, it is particularly fit for purpose.

The number of notes and highlights I made on my Kindle while reading “Coincidence” borders on the obscene, but I fell in love with Sorensen’s style of writing and the way she was able to articulate how both leading protagonists felt with such finesse and fictional realism, was refreshing. It was an easy read without feeling like the book was patronising you, which is always a good thing.

The characters made this book the greatness it is. Callie and Kayden’s perspectives are represented so well in the sense that their characters are so different yet so alike; they both have had traumatising childhoods and they both have self mutilating coping methods. The narrative structure fluctuates as it starts with Callie needing to be saved, she then saves Kayden, he then saves her and then he needs her to save him, but will she be there in time.

The Great Friendships

Seth’s character is everything I want in a best friend {in fact he reminds me of a very special friend I have} similar to Callie and Kayden Seth has endured a lot but he doesn’t let his own demons stop him from being the best friend to Callie he can be, Seth is the embodiment of hope in the book, he’s the light that allows Callie to trust again.

Luke and Kayden are very much typical guy best friends, they don’t talk  intensely, if at all, about their feelings but they both know when the other needs to escape with little words being said. I’m no boy but the relationship they shared seemed to be genuine and authentic.

The Great romance

I don’t want to dwell on the love story element of the story, but it can’t be ignored either. Callie’s ability to trust again is phenomenal given all she has been through. Of course to begin with their relationship started off very uncomfortable but as their friendship grows so does their trust for one other. The foundation of their relationship was built from a strong friendship they developed {something a lot of “New and Young adults” need to realise}.

This book was all about saving; saving someone else you stumble upon being bullied, saving a friend with a secret, saving the inner self you lost so long ago you struggle to recognise. The dark secrets the characters have make for an incredibly dark, upsetting story.

This is one raw intensely captivating story about friendship, trust, being saved, being accepted, being able to move on, letting yourself be loved.

I don’t know if I’m particularly prone to crying at intense books, but I don’t think I could have prepared myself for how emotionally affected I was by it.

Excerpt taken from the prologue,

“Life is full of luck, like getting dealth a good hand, or simply by being in the right place at the right time. Some people get luck handed to them a second chance, a save. It can happen heroically, or by simple coincidence, but there are those who don’t get luck on a shiny platter , who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time who don’t get saved”

The dedication page reads “For everyone who wasn’t saved” I think this book certainly saved a couple lost souls.


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