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SOMETHING LIKE FATE

Author: Susane Colasanti

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Publisher: Viking Juvenile,, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Lani and Erin have been "soul sisters" ever since Erin saved Lani’s life in a car accident. Yet they are polar opposites about everything from favorite ice cream flavors to the types of boys they like. But these two best friends read their weekly horoscope and, because they are interested in fate, believe that whatever it says is true and will happen. Erin starts dating Jason, a smart, funny, and friendly. The perfect guy. When Lani and Jason meet, they have an instant connection. When the girls go together to have their fortunes read, Lani learns that something will tear her and Erin apart. She suspects the source may be Jason, so she puts aside the feelings for him that she starts to have. When Erin goes away to summer camp, Jason breaks up with her and admits to Lani that he likes her. Lani believes that he is the guy that she has been looking for and that fate brought them together through Erin. Lani is torn with what to do: go for the boy who is perfect for her, or continue being friends with her soul sister? This young adult novel offers life lessons about leaving choices to fate. It is a high interest / low readability title.

Type of Reading: independent reading, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 12 and up; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 12 and up

Reading Level: 3.5

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: The plot is interesting and very realistic. It is a book for girls ages 12 to 17 and involves love and best friends. Readers feel like Lani’s dilemma is the reader’s problem. The writing style reflects a teenager who does not know what she is doing. There is too much dialogue and not enough description. The story is a little cheesy at times and gets boring in spots. I would not recommend it to my friends. It is a happy story, but a boring one as well.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Teens can easily connect to the book. It is an easy read and realistic.

Cons: The writing isn't always the best.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This isn't one of the best books I've read, but readers who like chick lit might enjoy it. This is also a good choice for older readers struggling with reading skills.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FRENEMIES   STEALING HEAVEN   IF YOU LIVE LIKE ME

Educational Themes: This is a book made for book club reading and discussions.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - friendship, coming of age, growing up, Young Adult, realistic fiction

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2012

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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