Title: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Coincidence #1
Release Date: March 19, 2013
For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck-and his life-might finally end . . . until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.
Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.
When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved . . .
Callie and Kayden are starting over. They arrive at college, hoping to leave behind their tragic stories and the abusers who wrote them. They struggle to free themselves from their pasts in order to live and maybe find a way to trust and love again. I fell in love with these characters immediately. Kayden was hard for me to read at times. He had been broken down his entire life by someone who should have made sure nothing ever hurt him. I wanted him to fight back, I wanted him to scream, to yell, to tell someone/everyone what was happening to him. But I know life isn’t that simple and somehow, despite how he had been betrayed, he knew how to love and felt the need to protect the people he cared about. Enter Callie. The person who would stand at his side while he faced his demons. The girl that would stand in front of him, shielding his heart with her own.
“I can handle scars, especially ones that are on the outside.”
“I understand his meaning from the depths of my heart.”
Callie and I are twin souls. She keeps her pain inside, trying desperately to stay off the world’s radar. She relives her nightmare almost daily and struggles to trust anyone enough to let them in. She is also a writer, putting her thoughts to words in an attempt to make some sort of sense of everything. While getting to know her character I just wanted to reach out to her, to hug her, to let her know she wasn’t alone. I also loved her best friend. Seth is the friend everyone needs. He has his own tragic tale and in sharing it with Callie, they were able to let each other in. They lean on each other, encourage and challenge one another. He pushes her, but respects her limitations. He is the ultimate best friend. Every time I read about Seth I was reminded of the amazing friends in my life who have kept me moving forward, kept me standing and refused to let me be consumed by the sadness.
“It’s amazing how the things you remember forever are the things you’d rather forget and the things you desperately want to grasp onto seem to slip away like sand in the wind.”
The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden is the first book in a series. It leaves the story unresolved (but the second book is already out, so no worries!) but in all honesty, it needed to. The characters have gone through too much, they’ve only just begun to bring the truth of their abuse out into the light. The thing about life is that it almost always gets worse before it gets better. Had these characters admitted their tragic stories only to live happily ever after, I would have been disappointed. It wouldn’t have been real. Instead their story ends in uncertainty, chaos, love and pain. I know not everyone will agree with me on this one, but for me, for someone whose world has been forever changed, this was the natural place to leave their story. Because the road to healing is a very long one. It takes work to process and move through each and every aspect of your emotional turmoil and there are days where you can’t get past them at all. So as much as I hated not seeing Callie & Kayden’s happy ending at the end of this book, I loved Jessica Sorensen for respecting the reality of abuse, of grief, of healing.
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Check out the other books in the series:
The Redemption of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #2)
The Destiny of Violet and Luke (The Coincidence #3)
The Probability of Violet and Luke (The Coincidence #4)
The Certainty of Violet and Luke (The Coincidence #5)
The Resolution of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence #6)
Seth & Greyson (The Coincidence #7)