I have always liked college stories and this may be why I decided to write them. One of my favorites is The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, by Jessica Sorensen. Since she has a new book coming out, I figured that this would be a good time to talk about this.
Genre: New Adult
Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
When she was twelve years old, something terrible happened and Callie has not been able to fully get over it. She withdrew from her family and friends but now that she met Seth, her gay best friend, Callie is finally willing to move on. He encourages her to get out of her comfort zone and she starts to live. That is until someone from her hometown shows up on campus.
Kayden has had a rough life but you wouldn’t know it. His family has money, cars, a big house, and athletic ability for days. But Kayden’s father is also unbelievably abusive. One day, Kayden had a house party while he was still in high school, his father got mad at him for something little and started to beat the crap out of him. However, this time someone stopped him. Her name was Callie and outside their family, she was the only one who knew about the abuse. Kayden never thought he’d see her again and the secret could just die with her. But now she is back and there is something about her that captivates him.
While Kayden usually dates the shallow IT girl, he thinks that maybe it might be time for something more. But that could mean digging into his past and Kayden has an even bigger secret than his father’s abuse. Callie has never dated anyone and she isn’t sure if she’s ready for that kind of experience. Will she explain to Kayden why she is holding back? Is he willing to let Callie in? Will their relationship help them heal or will it push two emotionally broken people to their brink?
One of the things I liked about this book is that it was real. It didn’t sugar coat anything but rather went into excruciating detail. You heart is broken and then put back together over and over again. But at no point did I think that Sorensen did something just to create a plot twist. But there are some serious issues discussed. This book is not for the faint at heart and it isn’t a quick and easy read. However, it was worth it in my opinion because I think these issues need to be discussed. Though it isn’t an author up on a soap box or someone spouting self help techniques. It sounded like someone’s real life but there was a cliff hanger! I bought book 2 almost immediately.
This book does have romance in it and some sexual relations. They are not overly detailed but still effective in the story. People have sex in college so prepare your life.
Everyone is going through something and if you need to be reminded of that, then this is a good book for you. If you are experiencing any depression or something like it, then this book will help you so that you don’t feel alone. I truly think that this book could help to see a new type of world that some people luckily don’t have to experience. I will have a review out for Sorensen’s new book Rules of A Rebel And a Shy Girl, when it comes out on August 16, 2016.