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Caleb + Kate

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""Romeo + Juliet "gets an update in this story of forbidden love. Shakespeare's never been so hip." -- Jenny B. Jones, author of The Charmed Life Series

As the popular darling of the junior class and heiress to the five-star Monrovi Inn empire, Kate has both everything and nothing. She's bored with school and life...until she locks eyes with Caleb at a school dance.

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Paperback, 279 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published April 10th 2010)
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Rating 3.5-4 stars

"Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like a thorn." - William Shakespeare

Caleb + Kate is quick and light retelling of Romeo and Juliet. It is a beautifully written novel all about true love. Not only is the cover gorgeous but at the beginning of each chapter is a different quote from Shakespeare making it one of the most beautiful books I ever seen.

This book has dual narration and I enjoyed getting both points of views. Caleb and Ka
Caleb and Kate is a really cute novel. Kate is the popular girl of the school and when the new scholarship boy turns out to be working at her family's hotel and there is actual history between their families, things get interesting. I really loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. They were all from various Shakespeare plays and they were really well picked.
It was really easy to get into this book and it had such a cute cover too! I also like the varying narrators. Kate, then Caleb.
I'm sorry but whomever described this god-forsaken book as a 'quick, light Romeo+Juliet retelling' needs to go read it again. Paying special attention to that 70% of the book which is bogged down in meaningless, repetitive internal-dialogue. Let's go through the bad points of this book shall we?

The Characters \
Everyone from trying-hard-to-be-a-modern-Romeo Caleb to the Gossip-girls-in-the-sweet-valley-of-the-travelling-pants minor female characters, reeked of daytime-soapie fakeness. None of t
Keeping it short again...

I have mixed feelings about Caleb+Kate. Picture this a family feud, on one side is a family that's well-off, and on the other one is one that does not seem as wealthy. From the first is the girl, and from the second, the boy. Where the girl is bored and lacks passion, the boy is loyal and passionate and fiery. By some twist, they meet. Initially, they rub each other the wrong way, but after some exposure, they realize (after a month!) that they might be falling for each
If there was a ten star rating system for Young Adult romances I'd give this book twelve stars. It's the best YA romance I've ever read. Seriously. My heart was actually pounding for the last half of the book. Yes, it really was. I adored Caleb. He was a great guy, and I loved that he was not what everyone assumed when they first met him. The same with Kate. She wasn't a rich snob like he'd expected. I was thrilled that he couldn't hate her even though he had tried. They were so different.


In a simple form, Caleb + Kate is a modern take on Romeo and Juliet but the “house divided” aspect manifests in a different form. Two separate families from different backgrounds and cultures, holding a common link in the past but now in battle make up the most basic premise for this book. Built on top of that is a relationship formed out of teenage emotion and one sparked on despite each party’s original intent to ignore the other.

Kate is a rich heiress, the daughter of a man who owns a large c
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Kate Monrovi has the quintessential perfect life. Her family is loaded, she’s got the money to buy whatever she wants, whenever she wants, and she goes to one of the most elite private schools the West Coast of America has to offer. She could be anything she wants, go to any college in the country, do whatever she wants with her life, but as we learn more about Kate, we realize that Kate has absolutely no idea what she wants from life. Money, it seems, can buy a lot of stuff, but it can’t buy Ka ...more
Christina (Reading Extensively)
Caleb + Kate is a sweet love story, told in alternating chapters from the viewpoint of Kate and Caleb. Kate may be very wealthy but she is not spoiled. When she does something wrong, she willingly takes the punishment and she cares about the welfare of others. Still, Kate has some lessons to learn about life and her friendship with Caleb helps her to grow and see things in a different way. After the death of his mom, Caleb's father and younger sister moved to Oregon but Caleb stayed behind in Ha ...more
I was browsing through the YA section of the library when I found Caleb + Kate. I love discovering a great new book and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s a modern (loose) retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and very sweet.

I liked that the author incorporated texting and social media into the book, because it very realistically depicted teens these days and I don’t think enough YA authors incorporate it to the extent that they should.

Kate and Caleb’s relationship does develop very quickly, as many
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Katrina Burchett
Kate Monrovi's family owns a chain of hotels, so this young lady drives a Lexus and she can afford a $500 pair of shoes. Caleb Kalani and his father don't have much as far as material things but they are hard workers with integrity. Kate is white, Caleb is Hawaiian. A relationship between these two young people begins with a dare but some family members don't want them to be together. It isn't a racial issue -not totally. Their families have been against each other for more than fifty years for ...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: How can I describe this one? Well, first off, we are introduced to Kate. Kate comes off as a snobby rich girl to some people, but really she isn't. She's actually kind. We are also introduced to Caleb who isn't as wealthy as Kate's family and is transferring from Hawaii to her school. Their is a long held rivalry between their families and are persuaded not to become friends. Of course what happens? They fall in love! This story switches back and forth between each point of view (lo ...more
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
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It's a Romeo and Juliet re-telling with a different twist. One that goes deeper and more complicated. It's about family, faith, love and the sacrifices we need to do in order for us to be happy.

Kate thought she had it all. She's rich, she attends a prestigious school and have two of the best friends anyone can have. She thought she wouldn't ever be in love. Not in the foreseeable future anyway. But that was until she meets Caleb, the son of the maintenance guy,
Victoria Burke
My Opinion: I fell in love with the characters almost immediately. However, I didn't really like Kate's best friend Monica but she wasn't that much part of the story. The characters are a lot different then what I was expecting and I was expecting a story more traditional to the Romeo and Juliet story. It was a lot like it but of course with a happy ending. I didn't like Kate's sister in the story either. (She was the pregnant one in my teaser Tuesday post). I loved how it was mainly the grandfa ...more
The course of true love never did run smooth.
- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE The Tempest (Act 1, Scene 1)
Love is like death’s cold grip crushing the beats from an innocent heart.
- Elaine
Once upon a time, I believed in love, I believed in the entire happily-ever-after dream.
- Kate
Rules were made to be broken.
- Maggie
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Measure for Measure (Act 1, Scene 4)
Revenge is more fun than love.
- Monica
When a
It was a really boring book. I didn't like the main characters, they're not strong enough.

Also, this is not a Christian book. At least not for me. I really don't like when people assume a book is a Christian book just because it involves a church somehow.

But anyways, the book was not good... :(
Anna J
I truly and thoroughly enjoyed Caleb and Kate. This story is the perfect 21st Cwntury Romeo and Juliet. Caleb, coming from a not so wealthy family, and being a new student from Hawaii, falls for Kate as soon as he lays eyes on her. Kate, coming from a long wealthy class of hotel owners, is a preppy and priveleged girl. Caleb and Kate become good friends, but their families soon pull them apart because of their long rivalry that they've had. After a while of hiding the truth, Caleb and Kate both ...more
Jessica Journey
I wanted to like this book, but honestly its biggest shortcoming to me was- nothing much happened. I found it quite boring, and didn't like Caleb and Kate's tones. They didn't sound believable.
Zemira Warner
I'm not impressed with Caleb+Kate. Once again my high expectations messed everything up. I was a sweet book but I wasn't emotionally invested in the story and characters.
A much happier ending than the one in Romeo + Juliet ;)

Is it bad that I fell in love with Oliver a little bit more than I fell in love with Caleb?
The BookWhisperer
Caleb and Kate has a spell binding story line that captures it s readers from the book description alone. I have been anxiously awaiting this book arrival, and I found myself buzzing through the story so quickly I was done before I realized it. Caleb and Kate are amazing characters that demand your respect from page one. Being a Christian myself I love to find a Christian that tweeks your reading desire and spiritual all in one. Even more impressing was that religion was not only an aspect of th ...more
This book is absolutely amazing. Written from the perspectives of both cynical, real-love-is-a-myth Kate and Caleb, who is searching for what his parents shared, it's a sweet tale of finding love when, and where, you least expect it. Juniors in high school, Caleb and Kate were almost friends as young children, until class distinctions got in the way. Kate has forgotten all about it, but Caleb remembers more and more and the story progresses. When dared by his cousin to dance with one of the girl ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone; all young adults
Recommended to Molly by: Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Okay. I'm a sucker for YA novels, I guess! I read Beautiful for Cindy's Beautiful blog tour and fell in love with her teen fiction novels. I was absolutely thrilled to participate in this Caleb + Kate tour. I was highly pleased with this book, too. Cindy has a wonderfully natural talent at creating a story that appeals to all ages.

My favorite part of this book, was the way Cindy wrote in both Caleb and Kate's points of view. That really helps to keep the reader hooked! It really made it hard to
Ariel Avalon
A modern day Romeo and Juliet story, Kate is the heir to the Monrovi hotel chain. She meets Caleb at her school and falls for him right away. Their families have a history based on the land the first Monrovi hotel was built on, which causes issues in their lives. The families tell them to stay away from one another, but love cannot be stopped.

I was horribly disappointed in this book. I was expecting much much more from it than what I got. Kate and Caleb were both rather drab characters. I like i
"Caleb + Kate" is a young adult romance novel. Though Caleb had a point-of-view role and was portrayed well, this novel will appeal most to female teens. The story switched between Kate and Caleb's point-of-view with both sections clearly marked and written in first person present tense ("I stand" instead of "she stood"). Though I noticed it, the present tense read smoothly and didn't bother me.

On the actual printed cover, Caleb's skin is darker than it looks in the above cover picture. This is
Nov 07, 2011 Katie added it
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I am a huge fan of the "opposites attract" and "starcrossed lovers" kind of books, and Caleb + Kate seemed to fit both of those categories perfectly. And while their the story was packed full of that angsty prejudiced goodness, I didn't love it nearly as much as I hoped I would.

You've heard of instalove, but I'm coining a new a term ... instaconflict. That's what seems to happen with Caleb and Kate before they even meet each other. And I could've gotten past that very easily because hey, you can
Oct 07, 2012 Sydni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Romeo and Juliet stories or modern takes on fairy tales
I gave this book 5 stars because I absolutely loved it! This book was a twist on Romeo and Juliet and I thought it was very cute. Caleb was kind of a different Romeo because he wasn’t all over Kate, he was poor, quiet and he worked for Kate’s dad as a gardener. Kate was portrayed as the stereotypical rich, stuck up, popular blond girl. As you read more in the book you saw that she’s nothing like that. She doesn’t fall for Caleb right away, which I liked because love doesn’t happen that way. This ...more
This book was read for a book of the month club -
It's more of a PG version of Perfect Chemestry - which I liked - but this time he wasn't in a Gang - Caleb is Hawaiian and a good studen/example - just comes from a family that has years of hatrid between them - so it's a story of forbidden love from the family - a Romeo and Juliet story -
It was told in sections from Kates POV then Calebs POV so you got both sides of their true love (same as perfect chemestry)
Both are Christians who have strong
I never thought I could read this one, but then, I got lucky enough to purchase this book at a bargain bookstore. Awesome! I was actually having a hard time to rate this book whether giving this a 4 or a 5 but then decided on a 4.5, not bad.

I actually thought this is all too cliche for me. That Caleb is your average bad boy with the I-hate-you-from-the-start-and-that-our-family-is-up-against-each-other towards Kate, and that Kate is all spoiled-brat type of girl that could have her way because
Keary Taylor
What a fun spin on Romeo and Juliet! Meet the Monrovie’s and the Khalini’s. Their grandfathers have been feuding for years, over land, and over a woman. Kate and Caleb know they’re not supposed to like each other, and they sure try not to, but sometimes you just can’t help the one you love.

This really was a cute story. I really enjoyed the romance between Kate and Caleb. It was sweet, innocent, and with a touch of forbidden, I couldn’t resist. I also appreciated the cleanness this book held. Th
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“My nature has always been to fight. My faith forces me to forgive.” 57 likes
“I might be falling in love with you," I whisper, finding it hard to focus on his face.
"Kate," he says, almost sadly.
"what? You might be falling in love with me too?" My voice is hopeful, pathetically hopeful.
He shakes his head.
"You aren't falling in love with me?"
He doesn't respond. I touch his face carefully with the tips of my fingers. His skin is incredibly soft above the line of hard jawbone. I touch his silky black hair. His eyes close and i want to kiss his eyes, but I'm afraid. Afraid of all this. This could destroy me.
He opens his eyes. "Kate, I'm already in love with you.”
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