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Lani and Erin are bonded for life. One thing that connects them is their fascination of fate. Lani wonders how much of our lives has already been decided and how much we can actually influence. Since the Unknown can unexpectedly change our lives forever, how much can we really control?

From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can't deny the intense connection they share. It fe...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Viking Juvenile (first published May 1st 2010)
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Flannery
In college, some of my friends and I would entertain ourselves for countless hours by playing a game in which you have to quote the price necessary for you to do a task. For instance, they might ask me how much it would take to let one of them slap me across the face. (probably like 10 dollars) Or for me to take a shot of my own urine--ehhh, probably like 50 bucks. Relevance to this review? I think someone would have to pay me about 100 dollars for me to ever listen to another Susane Colasanti a...more
Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
I've read another book not so long ago where the lead female character hooked up with her best friend's boyfriend.

My reaction was:

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I was not at all happy with how that one played out.

But with this book it was an entirely different story.

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It was put in a way that I liked the lead character despite the fact that she fell in love with her best friend's boy.

Lani and Erin have been best friends for as long as they could remember.
But they were different from each other as night and day.
Lani was the e...more
Yan
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Amanda
You can obviously tell what this book is about from the cover. I picked up this book because I saw that some people compared Colasanti's writing to Sarah Dessen. I pretty much got the opposite of what I expected.

What I didn't like:

Lani's Thoughts
The inner dialogue was written as following:

I was all like, "..."
I go, "..."
He's like, "..."
And I'm all, "..."

Yes, some teenagers do actually talk like this, but this got incredibly annoying throughout the book. Honestly, if what was actually in quotes...more
Hayley
I go, "woenlflq."
She went, "wojiweofnq."
He was all, "ewbwekjn."
Above are the typical dialogue tags in Something Like Fate. WHY.

I once read another Susane Colasanti book, When It Happens. I hated it and decided never to read another one by her. But my friend insisted that this book was amazing and she couldn't put it down.

This book was so damn stupid. About three chapters in I just gave up and started skipping around to read. On about the third page, Lani was kind enough to inform us that she...more
Yaryna
this book is now my favorite book. maybe because i'm 13. so i read some reviews here. and i'm shocked. i mean... this book is amazing. of course its not for everyone but i couldn't believe that such little things people were focusing on like the way she said "and ... was like" . do you really think that matters so much. the point of a book is to focus on the plot. and i think that this book really went deeper than just some teenagers falling in love. it shows about fate and how things work out h...more
Sarah
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Orange Rhombus.
Sky blue Triangle.
Red Circle.

No clue what I'm talking about? Well the characters, Lani and Jason, think different kinds of water taste like this. Evian tastes like sky blue triangles and Poland Spring tastes like red circles. Don't believe me, check pages 98 and 99 in the paperback.

If that wasn't ridiculous enough, half of the dialogue between Jason and Lani sounds like it belongs in the seventies. Who says "Far Out" anymore? Oh and Lani talks to...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
This review is going to be painful to write because I tend to enjoy Susane Colasanti's work. When It Happens and Waiting for You are two of my favorite YA books. Sadly, there's no cosmic law that prevents good authors from sometimes writing bad stories, and Something Like Fate proves it.

More than likely, you've already read the synopsis and have an idea of what the story is about. However, the synopsis is slightly misleading. Let's start with the first slightly misleading statement: Lani and Er...more
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
You can obviously tell what this book is about from the cover. I picked up this book because its Susane Colasanti. The first time I saw this book was like 3 years ago and I didn't know at that time who she was and it didn't interest me at that time. So when I learned about her last year, it interested me. I also thought the cover was a little surprising do to the fact that all her books aren't based on this topic of a girl going out with her best friends boyfriend. So when I learned that she wr...more
Arlene
Rating Clarification 3.5

If you believe in coincidence, then you aren’t paying attention.
– David Life


A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
– Jean de La Fontaine


The expected is just the beginning. The unexpected is what changes our lives.
– Meredith Grey


Something Like Fate was great read about two people drawn together by fate, but kept apart by friendship. When I started the book, I read it in one sitting because it just flows smoothly through events and dialog th...more
Sydney
While browsing the shelves of my local bookstore, I came upon an accumulation of books by Susane Colasanti with beautiful book covers and promising(though perhaps slightly cliched) storylines.
After I had staggered through the first chapter, I realized that Edwin Rolfe and Lester Fuller really knew what they were talking about. You really can't judge a book by its cover.
Here are just a few things that made me want to give up on this book entirely:

1. The constant referral to 'fate' as a recurring...more
Rebecca
Gah, this was such a lame YA book!! I had never read anything from this author before and I think I saw her blurbbed on the back of someone else, which is how I got her name. Not a bad book, just so so so boring. Two girls are best friends. Main Girl is protag and the voice of the story. Girl Friend starts dating some random from school and before you know it, Main Girl likes him too, shocker! Gah, you can see where this is going already. Girl Friend leaves town for the summer for camp or someth...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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...more
Janssen
Bleck. I am so sick of books where the girl falls in love with the best friend's boyfriend and then when the best friend finds out and does horrible things to the girl and is a complete and utter jerk in every way and spreads evil rumors and spills all her secrets and puts up a website about what a terrible boyfriend stealing jerk she is AND won't even talk to her, the girl still swears to never see the boy again. If the best friend is being so evil, there's not really much point in preserving t...more
Emily
Initially, I was really excited to read this book. I had just finished a book with a similar premise (The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott), so I was interested in seeing how this one would be different.

Unfortunately, I was not impressed. The love triangle premise has been done to death, so it was really disappointing that Ms. Colasanti didn't do much to spice it up. Maybe adding Lani's obsession with fate to the mix was her way of trying to create a different path, but in the end, that storyli...more
Jeni Bell
Susane Colasanti’s SOMETHING LIKE FATE is the story of a girl who falls in love with her best friend’s boyfriend and struggles between the urge to give in to her feelings and the desire to be true to the friend who once protected her from harm.

Everyone can see that Lani and her best friend Erin’s new boyfriend, Jason, were meant to be together—everyone, it seems, except Erin, who is oblivious to the chemistry Lani and Jason share from the moment Erin introduces them to each other, and Lani, who...more
Sana
I have been waiting to get my hands on Something Like Fate since I got to know that it is more or less similar to The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott, which I truly loved. It was good to read the book and I look forward to reading more by Susan Colasanti.

Provided that Something Like Fate had 17 years old protagonists, it rather had a 15-year-olds feelings attached to it. The way Susan Colasanti handled the feelings of Lani and Erin were inferior to that of Jason and Blake. Apart from that, I w...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: I have been looking forward to this book for months, as most of you know from my blog posts about this book!!! We meet Jason, Lani, and Erin. Erin is dating Jason but Lani has liked him for a while. Lani feels, "why would Jason want an ordinary girl like her, when he can have gorgeous Erin?" Erin is usually the one who gets all the boyfriends. We can tell from the way Jason looks at Lani, he likes her too. The three of them spend lots of time together and the intense eye contact bet...more
Claudia Gonzalez
Reading this book was so interesting. I give this 4 stars because threw out the whole book it made you just want to keep on reading. It was about two bestfriends who were always close to eachother and than one of them meets a boy. When she starts talking to him the other bestfriend starts noticing that he acts different but only around her. What makes you keep reading is when the best friend who is with the guy leaves to a trip she trusts the other bestfriend to be with him back at home. Well wh...more
Sushmita Padhi
The book captures the teenage drama about love quite well. But thats the only good point i could write about. Honestly, i dont like the voice of Lani in this book. Sure she is smart, but the way she narrates the story makes me feel like she is 10 years old not 17. And the amount of times astrology is repeated in the book, just adds to my disappointment. I don't really believe that stars rule our lives. This book just keeps talking about fate, destiny, bonded for life and tarot cards, it really i...more
Angelica Perez
Is it really considered cheating when you know that someone is your soul mate and you were meant to be with them? What would you do if you were caught up in a love triangle and in the triangle is your best friend?

Lani and Erin are best friends in high school. Everything is going great and they are getting ready for their senior year. Lani is happy where she's at and she feels nothing can make where she is in her life better. Erin is also happy especially with her new boyfriend Jason. Jason becom...more
Anna Motteler
I LOVE THIS BOOK.
Right before I started to read it, I was worried because a lot of other people's reviews were negative about it. So I was worried, but once I started reading it, I could not put it down.

This is truly a great story about friendship & love & falling for your best friends boyfriend. It does happen & this showed how extreme girls in high school really are.

I've had something like this happen before with a girl & a guy, and trust me, girls are viscous, cruel, & mea...more
Alicia Glee
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 Whitney
“Something like Fate” was a good book. It’s about a girl, Lani, who falls in love with her best friends boyfriend. And how she deals with trying to overlook her feeling when she know they’re soul mates. The books starts off a little slow but as you get further into the book the story picks up and you get swept into Lani’s world.
Flavia
Esta es una de esas novelas que lees por leer algo gratis en esos momentos en los que no tienes nada más ni mejor que hacer y que cuando las acabas te quedas como si no las hubieras leído. Es una novela insulsa, sin demasiado argumento, que te deja bastante indiferente. Al día siguiente de terminarla ya no te acuerdas de nada: ni el nombre de la protagonista, ni el nombre del chico... nada. Como si nunca la hubieras leído.

Lani (protagonista) y Erin son mejores amigas desde hace años. Pero ahora...more
Kayla Hart
Everyone always thought Lani and Erin would always be best friends forever because of the dramatic accident they went through together when they were younger. But Lani runs into a problem when she falls in love with Jason, her best friend’s boyfriend, and it seems he feels the same way. At the end of junior year, Erin leaves for the summer to go to camp and leaves Lani behind, but Lani’s not alone, has Jason. Lani and Jason spend the summer together falling more and more in love everyday. But wh...more
Annie
This book started off a little slow. Its language distracted me at first and I felt like the speech would over power the plot of the story. As it progressed I was exstatic that I was proven wrong. Around the middle of the book the story picked up and I was soon swept into Lani's world.

The story took on something every teenage girl fears, falling in love with her best friends boyfriend, and showed how one girl dealed with trying to overlook her feelings for her soul mate. As anyone can expect it'...more
Heather
I can't help it, but I love cutesy YA romantic books- that's why I ended up giving this three stars. It was a fast read, thank goodness, because I really detested (strong word I know, but that's how I felt) the writing style.

I'm from California and I use the words "like" and "really" a lot. I would probably be really (ha, see) embarrassed if I went back and read a lot of my reviews. I'm sure I would see those words everywhere. But, they are only reviews. These words were used obsessively. I sta...more
Delphine
What if your soul mate is… your best friend's boyfriend?

It certainly doesn't happen much in real life, but for this book, it certainly did. When I first picked up this book from the library and read it's summary, I decided that I would borrow it for the fun of reading. The first few chapters certainly didn't disappoint me, though I can't really say the same for the ending few.

Starting off, Lani and Blake are best of frends. Blake's not into Lani like what others think, so they're totally comfor...more
Lisa
What a dilemma?!?! How can you struggle between fate and your best friend? First, I must disclose that I'm unsure what I think about Fate. Sometimes I believe in fate and sometimes I don't. When I started this book I didn't believe in fate and I thought Lani was a little crazy. But as the novel progressed and Jason and Lani become friends it was evident that, at least in this book, fate exists. Jason and Lani have so much in common and not just typical things but these crazy concoctions, like th...more
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Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, and Now and Forever. 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 in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She li...more
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