Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden {Jessica Sorensen}

Callie's past has always been too painful to remember. It threatens to consume her life and devour her piece by piece. Some days, it's a struggle just to breathe.

Kayden has been suffering too, taking his hits in silence, fighting to survive. Then one night their worlds collide and Kayden is unable to think of anything but Callie and thanking her for what's she did.

He's determined to do whatever he can to convince her that they met for a reason. Maybe they were meant to save each other. After all, nothing is coincidence - it's fate.


I wanted to like this. Heck, I wanted to love it. But I just couldn't.

The first chapter started off promising; right in with the action and really setting me up for what I thought was going to be an intense ride. I liked the concept of both the hero and heroine having their own terrible stories and helping each other, rather than the girl always being the damsel in distress.

But the story just floundered. There was so much angst that it ended up becoming quite boring and repetitive. Not to mention the fact that it moved at an incredibly slow pace. It didn't build-up the tension, but instead made me go into skim-reading mode. Which is never good.

As for the characters, I found Callie quite frustrating. She was pretty bland for the most part and then just downright abrasive the rest of the time, which made it hard to connect with her. She'd gone through something horrible and I felt sorry for her. But I didn't like her.

In general Kayden was okay, but not swoon-worthy. He needed some salt and pepper or something. His whole life seemed to revolve around Callie and wanting her to like him and he didn't really develop much of a character of his own, or a life outside of their 'relationship'.

Also, there was some serious slut-shaming in this book. Callie refers to this girl Daisy as 'super slutty' and also Kayden acts like a giant arse-hat toward her. He is really dismissive of Daisy and even while they are sleeping together he acts like she's a piece of trash who he could care less about. Why? Well, because Daisy is the forward, bitchy harlot who is nothing like sweet, loveable Callie.

I hate to think this is becoming some sort of trend – portraying one girl as 'virginal' and therefore innocent and likeable, and another girl as 'slutty' and therefore horrible and not to be bothered with.

The ending was when things finally got going and the characters became likeable. Both Callie and Kayden had to deal with their issues and we got to see the aftermath and it all became quite interesting. Unfortunately, this in the last couple of chapters.

Also, the ending was a cliffhanger. I understand in a series it's important to leave some mystery, but I like it when the first book can stand on its own as well. Leave me with questions, sure, but Jessica did the whole 'to be continued' thing, so this didn't feel like a complete book

I was disappointed with this and I'm not gripped enough by the characters to continue on with their journey into book 2. I'll definitely still check out other books by Jessica, she's a talented writer and I know she can create unique, well-rounded and interesting characters. It's a shame I was let down by this one, but I look forward to seeing what she does next.

"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."



Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.


  1. Darn. Can't love them all, right? I still have this one on my Kindle. Hopefully I'll be able to get to it sooner, rather than later. So many books, so little time. ;) Great honest review!

  2. Aw, disappointing. I just recently read my first Sorenson book and LOVED it (Breaking Nova), so I was looking forward to reading others. Sorry to hear that this one wasn't all that great.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. I haven't read Breaking Nova yet - glad it's so good though. I definitely haven't given up on Jessica - I know she can write awesome stuff, so I'll make sure to check that out :)

  3. Great honest review Allie. I'm glad you brought up the slut shaming and having the two contrasted girls, it sounds ummm...stereotypical? Anyway, thanks for letting us know your thoughts!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. I seriously think slut-shaming is becoming the new norm for YA :/

  4. Aw, sorry you didn't enjoy this one.

  5. Sorry you didn't like this one. It sounds like the characters needed a bit more of their "own life" apart from the romance. I don't like when the relationship is the sole meaning of a book.

  6. sorry you didn't like this one. my sister leslie loved this book. i did read a book by sorensen (ella and micha book 1) and i thought it was just okay. i'm not in a hurry to read the next book in the series.

    i am looking forward to reading your thoughts about dash and lily's book of dares though. hope you'll enjoy just as much as i did :)

  7. I read this one and it's sequel before I read Ellie & Micah and just couldn't get into it. I had heard such great things from this author but when I started reading it I found the book too slow and the romance wasn't swoon worthy enough to keep my attention. I didn't like the sequel either and felt that the ending was soo abdupt and unsatisfying, much like Ellie and Micah. This author has a tendency to just always end her books with a very unsatisfying feeling. I'm sorry you didn't like this one Allie!
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

    1. I read another review that said they thought this was a fast-paced, action-packed kind of read and I did a bit of a double take. I'm with you - I thought it moved pretty slowly! Just didn't hold my attention unfortunately ...

  8. Sorry you didn't like this so much! I've been curious about these books, but never gave them a try. Great review and thanks for the honesty :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading