Just Like Fate is the beautiful book written by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young.
When Caroline’s Gram is in hospital after a heart attack, Caroline’s life comes to a crossroad. She can either choose to stay by her Gram’s side, along with the rest of her family, or take up the offer of going to a party with her best friend to escape the building pressure and live her life. But whatever Caroline chooses with split her fate in two separate paths. And now she’s going to live them both.
Have you ever wondered where you would have ended up if you had chosen differently for something? Have you ever wished you could go back to that situation and choose the other option? Just Like Fate is a story of grief, love, and learning to live with the decisions you make.
I can’t believe how much I loved this book. I’ve loved all the other books by Cat Patrick that I’ve read; yet I was a little skeptical about this one. Perhaps it was because it is written with alternating chapters of Stay and Go. Perhaps it was because Suzanne Young, along with Cat Patrick writes it. Maybe it’s just because I don’t want to be let down. Since the first book I read by Cat Patrick, which is Forgotten, I’ve always hoped her other books would be just as amazing. Thankfully, not only did they meet my expectations, they exceeded them. I think I should just learn to trust Cat Patrick. I’ve never been let down by Cat Patrick’s books and I’ve thoroughly loved all of them, this one included.
At first, I was worried about how the chapters alternating between Stay and Go would end up. I’ve never read a book like that before. It was a really nice change from the normal book. I got to see how one decision could completely change the path of one’s life. I loved seeing how the lives of these two different, yet the same, Carolines would turn out. Towards the end of the book, I got a little confused to whether it was a Stay or a Go chapter. Something happens towards the end that makes the chapters sort of similar, and that made it a little confusing. I had to keep checking to see what chapter I was reading. However, I really loved reading the different chapters. I think the story wouldn’t have been as interesting if it was written from one decision only.
From the very start of the book, I was grabbed. I really felt Caroline’s emotions as she was loosing her Gram. The plot was really intriguing and made me want to read on. One of the main themes in this book is definitely love. By doing one thing, Caroline meets and falls in love with a sweet collage guy. By doing the other, Caroline finally gets together with her biggest crush and friend since pre-school. Both of the relationships had a different feel to them – a different chemistry, along with different problems! The ending of the book was definitely one of the best endings I’ve ever read.
For the whole book, I was always wondering how everything would work out. I wondered if one choice would be the right one, and which one it would be. If it was up to me to decide whether I went to the party or stayed by my grandmother’s bed, of course I’d stay. I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t and something bad happened while I was gone. From the very beginning, I felt like the Stay chapters were meant to be the right ones. But the more I read, the more I realised the Go chapters were more appealing to me. I fell in love with Chris, the collage guy Caroline met early on in the Go chapters. From that moment on, I thought the Go chapters were going to end the best.
So when the book was nearing the end, I was so surprised to see what had happened. I had never expected anything like that! I was so focused on working out which chapter would be the one with the best ending that I didn’t even think that this ending was going to be an option. But I loved it. The ending of this book was one of the best endings I’ve ever read. This might sound a bit cliché, but it was really inspirational. It made me sit for a few minutes to think about how this book has changed my view on always making the right decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. This book has changed my opinion of not only fate, but how I choose to live my life, knowing that no matter how many mistakes I make, I’ll learn to live with them.