Summary from GoodReads:
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.
I’ve come to realize that I can never start a review without explaining why I picked the book up in the first place. And The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden is no exception. So I bought this ebook from Amazon months ago, after reading a review of it somewhere. I can’t actually remember who posted the review, but it piqued my interest, and I liked the cover. Oh and the book was only a couple books. Anyway, once I downloaded it . . . I sort of forgot about it. Come on, we all do this right? It’s the problem with ebooks – out of sight, out of mind, as they say. But then last week or so, I saw Book Rock Betty’s review of this book, and she really liked it. Betty and I have similar tastes in books, and her review made me realize that I had this one figuratively collecting dust on my kindle.
So I cracked this sucker open (again, figuratively, because cracking my iPad open would make me cry), and I was sucked in right away. I’m not saying that this book isn’t without faults. You can see above that I gave it 3/5 which, for my reviews, is a good book. It’s not a book that earned a special place in my heart, but I definitely liked it. And I stayed up way too late to finish it. Working the next day was rough.
Anyway, let’s get on with the review, shall we? Callie & Kayden is really a typical New Adult title; well, at least from the NA books I’ve read so far. Both Callie and Kayden are dealing with some really awful experiences; experiences that they haven’t told anyone about. And due to these experiences, they each have some issues (sort of coping mechanisms) that aren’t very healthy. Although they went to the same high school, Callie and Kayden never were friends, and didn’t really know each other. But once the head off to college, they get the chance to get to know each other, and also attempt to put the past behind them.
Both Callie and Kayden are well-developed characters. I liked them both a lot, and I wanted to rush over and give them so many hugs – and also send them to therapy to talk about stuff. Their actions and thoughts felt right for their characters. I thought Sorenson did a good job of voicing Kayden, too. He thoughts felt very “guy” to me. It’s really great to see a male lead in a book that isn’t all tough and macho. I mean, Kayden is one strong guy. He’s a football player, for heaven’s sake. What I mean is that I liked seeing how Kayden had difficulties dealing with some events in his life. We get to see the emotions he’s feeling, and to see him struggle with these feelings.
As for Callie, I really liked her. She’s just a nice girl, who’s doing her best to escape her past. She’s not really a woe-is-me person, thank goodness, because I cannot stand reading about characters like that.
I also liked the secondary characters, especially Callie’s new friend at college, Seth. Of course, he is kind of that stereotypical gay best friend, but I really liked his character, and how he encouraged Callie to step outside her comfort zone. I was also very curious about Kayden’s friend, Luke. I wonder if he gets a story, because I would be all over that.
The pacing is great, and the story moves quickly. Like I mentioned above, I had a difficult time putting the book down. There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, though, and honestly that frustrated me. I am just weary of that kind of thing. I’m not rushing out to read The Redemption of Callie & Kayden, but I probably will read it at some point.
So, overall, I liked this book. I’ve been in a reading slump for what feels like forever, now, and this was something that I could focus on. It’s an easy read, but it does touch on some heavy topics. It’s an NA book, so there’s lots of romance, but it’s really about seeing how Kayden and Callie can overcome their past, and how being with each other makes them stronger. If you’re a fan of Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless or J. Lynn’s Wait for You, I think this book is right up your alley.