Something Like Fate

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Erin and Lani are best friends . . . and total opposites when it comes to everything, including boys. But then Erin starts dating Jason, and when Lani meets him, sparks fly. Lani is a loyal friend to Erin, but when junior year ends and Erin goes to camp for the summer, she leaves Lani behind . . . with Jason. Will Lani be able to put her friendship with Erin first, or will she be tempted by the guy who may just be her soul mate?

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Overview

Erin and Lani are best friends . . . and total opposites when it comes to everything, including boys. But then Erin starts dating Jason, and when Lani meets him, sparks fly. Lani is a loyal friend to Erin, but when junior year ends and Erin goes to camp for the summer, she leaves Lani behind . . . with Jason. Will Lani be able to put her friendship with Erin first, or will she be tempted by the guy who may just be her soul mate?

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  • Susane Colasanti
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Publishers Weekly
Sixteen-year-old Lani feels an instant spark with Jason, but tries to ignore her feelings because he's dating her best friend, Erin. When Erin goes to summer camp, Jason breaks up with her and Lani starts seeing him in secret. Lani and Erin are both obsessed with fate--horoscopes, birth charts, dream analysis, etc.--and Lani must decide if her relationship with Jason is meant to be, even if it is what a fortune teller predicted will destroy her bond with Erin. Readers will understand both Lani's connection with Jason, who "feels like home," and her bond with Erin, which was crystallized when they were in a car accident years earlier, but has been weakening. Erin's reaction to the romance is intense, and Lani soon find herself a social outcast, while her friendship with her closeted gay friend, Blake, is strained after he's outed and harassed. Lani's obsession with the mystical can feel more like a device than an innate part of her personality, but her struggle with fate nonetheless adds needed depth to this familiar romantic triangle. Ages 12–up. (May)
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Credible and engaging character development… and interactions that spark just the right amount of tension to make this a romantic page-turner
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Lani and Erin have been best friends for a long time. Even though they have completely opposite personalities, they share the bond of having lived through a potentially deadly accident. Their increasingly fragile friendship is put to the test when Erin starts to date Jason, who Lani instantly feels connected and attracted to. The trouble boils over when Lani finds out that Jason is just as attracted to her as she is to him. What should a girl do when your best friend's boyfriend likes you back? Probably not hang out with Jason while Erin is away at summer camp. Not only is this is a look at how complex relationships can be, but how high school drama magnifies love, betrayal, and revenge. With characters that seem like friends rather than a portrait of words, readers will race through the pages to find out what fate has dealt Lani this time. Colasanti has given readers a brilliant look at the complications and joys of this teen romance. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
VOYA - Lisa M. Kreutler
Lani doesn't like surprises. She's a planned Taurus who likes to know what's coming so she can be prepared. Much of this fear stems from a childhood car accident with her best friend, Erin. Lani loves astrology and relies on her weekly horoscope as a guide. Erica, Lani's other best friend, is happy-go-lucky, outgoing, and guy crazy. When Jason enters the picture, Erica is immediately smitten and sets out to become his girlfriend. Jason and Erica begin dating, but as the group of friends spends more time together, it becomes obvious that Lani and Jason are better suited for one another, based on shared interests and personality. Things get complicated when Erica goes to summer camp and Jason and Lani begin spending time together. Jason breaks up with Erica, and Jason and Lani begin dating. Though the story begins slowly, Colasanti has her finger on the pulse of teenage dialogue and emotions. The author easily portrays the love triangle between Lani, Erica, and Jason. Erica reacts badly when school begins in the fall and she finds out that Lani and Jason have been dating during the summer. As Lani's secrets are exposed, her friendships are threatened, including those with Blake and Erica. Erica's initial response seems a bit disproportionate and borders on hazing, but the book has a believable resolution. Reviewer: Lisa M. Kreutler
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Best friends Lani and Erin are connected by their past and their belief that fate plays a part in their lives. When Erin starts dating Jason, Lani is happy for her. But, as Lani gets to know Jason better, she realizes that he is her soul-mate, and coming to terms with this and her friendship with Erin becomes central to the drama. In addition, Lani's friend Blake is terrified that his father will discover that he's gay. Trust, the meaning of friendship, and what holds it together are themes throughout this story by Susane Colasanti (Viking, 2010) as are the different loves shared between friends and family members. Jeannie Stith's voice captures Lani's reflective nature as well as the personalities of the other characters. An engaging listen.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Lani, a reserved, grounded Taurus, and Erin, an outgoing, mercurial Leo, are best friends who couldn't be more different. Then Lani meets Jason, who has just started dating Erin. Lani and Jason have so much in common it's like they're joined at the soul, and they fall for each other quickly. To avoid the school rumor mill, they keep their love a secret through the summer, even after Erin goes away to camp and Jason breaks up with her. Lani gets wrapped up in her summer relationship with Jason, but not to the point where she loses herself. When Erin finds out the truth about what Lani and Jason did over the summer, she is furious with Lani, lashing out publicly, and leaving Lani fearful that her senior year will be fraught. Lani recounts both the thrill of romance and the terror of losing what little social status she has in an intelligent, fast-paced present-tense narration. Despite her suffering, she is determined to hang on to her fated relationship with Jason, which will resonate with readers attracted to bittersweet and tear-jerking romances. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441858832
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susane Colasanti

Susane Colasanti is the author of When It Happens, Take Me There, and Waiting for You. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author, Susane was a high school Physics and Earth Science teacher for almost ten years. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

    This is a must read

    So my grand daughter had to have this book so i bought it for her and she read it within 3 days. she absolute loved it and sometimes in life this can happen especially with best friends. It is an amazing book and its really cute and very interesting and it never gets broing. You just want to keep reading it until you know what happens. this book has drama, happyness, and some sadness. this is a must read for teenagers.

    34 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Good Read

    LOVED it. This was a great book

    30 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Fate versus friendship

    SOMETHING LIKE FATE, by Susan Colasanti, was a beautiful and passionate story of fate and betrayal. Lani owes Erin everything, but she believes there are stronger forces in the universe that connects her to Jason.

    I am a believer in fate, karma, and the pull of the Unknown. This book strengthened my faith in the universe and its cosmic process. Lani was an incredible character. She never tried to be something she wasn't even when others looked down on her unique beliefs and practices.

    I was immediately drawn to Lani and Jason's relationship versus Erin and Jason's. Erin was very superficial and did not have much depth as a person. Lani and Jason started out their relationship on the same psychological level with each other which I thought was enchanting. Jason was absolutely swoon-worthy. He was so sweet and kind to Lani and Erin alike, it was difficult to see who he would end up with.

    Colasanti depicted considerable emotion in this story. The secret that Lani and Jason held back from Erin and their peers caused much pain to everyone involved. The betrayal against her best friend kept Lani on edge at all times which created tension in her and Jason's relationship. Also, since teenagers can be so hurtful, my heart went out to Lani when her secret was revealed.

    I liked the cover of this book. It portrayed the deceit accurately, and made me want to find out more about these relationships and how they would turn out.

    Overall, this was a great book. I appreciated the passion that all the characters portrayed and also the magical element of the Unknown.

    21 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Awesome

    This is a great book. It's not a waste of 8 dollars. It's interesting because the author uses good word choice.

    19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Omg

    Omg i thought this book was amazing i recommed it to all teens ull all love it imm going to read this book again and i will one day pass it down to my kids to read it was this great!!!!

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    Woww

    This was an easy read & a reallly cute story.i recommend it if u want a cute love story.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Awsome book

    Luv it read it 6 times already Best for teens 12 - 18

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Don't judge a book by its cover!

    I thought it would possibly be a skanky girl and a player of a guy, but boy was I wrong? This book was a real page turner, an instant classicc and really enjoyable to read!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    Somethin like fate

    What a good book its about 2 friends and one is dating someone and the other friend likes him

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Lani and Erin have a long history. As best friends, they have an amazing history together, but they also have a dark past that strengthened their bond. Lani thinks nothing will ever tear them apart, until she meets Jason - Erin 's boyfriend.

    At first, she gets to know Jason because Erin wants them to be friends. Before long, she discovers the two of them have an undeniable chemistry. She has no idea if Jason feels the same way, but she's determined to ignore her feelings.

    She tries avoiding him. She tries ignoring her feelings. She tries being just friends. She doesn't want to acknowledge that she's fallen for her best friend's boyfriend, but she can't keep hiding the truth. What kind of friend does this? How can their friendship possibly survive?

    SOMETHING LIKE FATE is an amazing read of two people drawn together by fate, but kept apart by friendship. I loved watching this story unfold and the intense bonds of both friendship and love. Susane Colasanti is a new author to watch on my personal list. I look forward to reading her next books.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2010

    Both sweet and thought-provoking

    Susane Colasanti's Something Like Fate has a plotline that is a clear departure from her first three books, but her familiar present tense tone that keeps readers in the moment is still intact, along with her fast-paced, lighthearted style. Readers may not all relate to the same character this time around, because while Lani, Jason, and Erin - the stars of the love triangle - are all basically good people, their flaws are exposed and their choices become difficult. The conflict does not have an easy, black-and-white solution, and the novel would be great for book club discussions for this reason.

    The overriding theme of fate is an excellent one, because both Lani and Erin believe in fate, but it doesn't lead them to the same conclusion. The dialogue, especially between Lani and Jason, is very believable, and it is the primary device used to demonstrate how the two of them grow closer over the course of time.

    The secondary arc involves Blake, Lani's friend, who is gay but not out to anyone else. As his situation unfolds, it is both powerful and realistic. Lani's love triangle intersects with Blake's secret in an unexpected way. This is a fun YA summer read that deals with challenging topics without being heavy-handed.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Good read!

    This story is amazingly well written and captures a small town high school exceptionally well! I love this book and suggest that you read it!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Epic

    I LOVED this book! My only regret is that its not a series.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    This is a great teen book for girls.

    This book is full of excitement, anxiety and pressure. This book tells the story of the challenges of true love when you love your bestfreinds boyfreind. In this book when you least expect it you will find love.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Not bad. But still.

    The story line was a good topic but the way it played out was not so great. the falling in love part happened too fast, making it weird, and I just felt like the whole book story plot was rushed. But it is a good book, good topic, just the way it was written didn't appeal to me, but thats just my opinion.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2010

    AMAZING

    this book is full of excitement, anxiety and pressure. All the feeling and emotions together make the book exciting and very interesting. BOYS SUCK. This book states that.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Best book i ever read

    This is the best book i ever read! I sit down andnread it for hours cant put it down. Just a great plot and everything i even told my friend about it and i started reading it outloud and we finished it on the phone that same night at 2 am. You have to read it no dought

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Loved it!

    Got 2love this book

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

    Really not that good.

    I saw the cover of this book and completely had to have it. You know hoow some books just seem like they really arent that well written, and you can already tell in the fist few chapters? This is one of those books. I read the summary on this story and it sounded pretty good! And plus i am a sucker for a good love story. Honestly, it wasnt one of the books that i couldnt put down, because you can always tell its really not that fantasric when you cant wait for the book to emd so that you can move on to your next book. I was kind of disappointed. :(

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Not the best book

    I had really high hopes when I started reading, but the way it panned out, the dialogue was kind of akward to read to say the least.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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