Title: Something Like Fate
Author: Susane Colasanti
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: 4 out of 5
Lani’s always been one to do her own thing. She’s drifted away from most of her old friends because she just doesn’t have anything in common with them anymore. She still is close to Erin, her best friend, but that’s because they have a bond that is unbreakable – or so Lani thinks. When Erin starts dating Jason, Lani realizes that she may have feelings for him, which will test the boundaries of her friendship with Erin.
Something Like Fate is an interesting novel about the strength of teenage friendship, especially when tested by a boy. Though the overall plotline is similar to Elizabeth Scott’s The Unwritten Rule, Something Like Fate stands on its own two feet as a unique and satisfying novel.
Lani was a well-written character who I appreciated. I loved that she was concerned with the environment and very conscious about recycling. Her love of astrology was amusing and made her multifaceted. I also enjoyed getting to know Blake, whose deepest darkest secret was that he’s gay. Colasanti did a great job injecting issues that are important to teens today in this book.
The friendship between Lani and Erin was definitely interesting. On one hand, they seem to have very little in common, but on the other hand, they have a deep bond that stretches back for years. Colasanti does an excellent job discussing what happens when you “grow out of” your friends, for lack of a better phrase.
I enjoyed Something Like Fate – it was a light, fun, and easy read. It’s a great book for teens and adults alike.