Something Like Fate
Something Like Fate
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Annotation: Lani and Jason, who is her best friend's boyfriend, fall in love, causing Lani tremendous anguish and guilt.
Catalog Number: #5422269
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 294
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-14-241882-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-14-241882-6
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Lani and Erin are older teens who share an interest in fortune-telling. Erin is less serious than Lani, who backed out of the popular crowd because she is more interested in things like environmental action than parties. Although the two girls have a deep bond that began in childhood, Lani's true best friend is Blake, who fears his father will discover that he is gay. Erin is delighted when she starts dating Jason e of many crushes she has shared with Lani t when the three start hanging out together, Lani realizes that she and Jason are meant for each other. Colasanti provides credible and engaging character development for each cast member and interactions that spark just the right amount of tension to make this a romantic page-turner. A bit of steam is lost in the final pages, but a number of issues receive insightful inspection along the way: the meaning of friendship, whether fate plays a role in whom we love, intolerant parents, and coming to respect others' needs and feelings.
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)
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%E2%80%94horoscopes, birth charts, dream analysis, etc.%E2%80%94and 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%E2%80%93up. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 6&11;9&12; Colasanti turns a tired clich&3;&12;falling for your best friend's boyfriend&12;into an honest portrayal of romantic turmoil and backstabbing. Lani, 17, a well-meaning Jersey girl, is president of her school's environmental club and a firm believer in horoscopes, fortune-telling, and fate. When Erin, her friend since childhood, begins dating Jason, Lani finds that she is attracted to him, and it turns out that they have incredible chemistry. With Erin away as a leader-in-training at summer camp, Lani and Jason start a secret romance that Lani knows is wrong, but she wonders if fate is pushing her and Jason together. When Erin finds out about Lani's betrayal, she outs her friend as a manipulative backstabber. It's not every day that one reads about a sympathetic boyfriend-stealer, but it's hard not to root for Lani when she and Jason so clearly belong together. This novel will be an easy sell to reluctant readers and chick-lit enthusiasts.&12; Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ
Voice of Youth Advocates
Lani doesnÆt like surprises. SheÆs a planned Taurus who likes to know whatÆs 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, LaniÆs 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 LaniÆs secrets are exposed, her friendships are threatened, including those with Blake and Erica. EricaÆs initial response seems a bit disproportionate and borders on hazing, but the book has a believable resolution.ùLisa M. Kreutler.
Word Count: 52,840
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 138125 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.1 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q50439
Lexile: HL520L

What if you soul mate is your best friend's boyfriend? From the author of the City Love trilogy.

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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