Caleb + Kate
"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.
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE The Tempest (Act 1, Scene 1)
Love is like death’s cold grip crushing the beats from an innocent heart.
Once upon a time, I believed in love, I believed in the entire happily-ever-after dream.
Rules were made to be broken.
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.
When a ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
While the characters were okay and likable, there was just so much left out. When I finished the book, I was expecting maybe a sequel would be in the works but I don't see that is true. Unfortunately, that leaves A LOT of blanks in this story.
The feud is never fully explained- we know there was a woman involved and a grant of land with a sacred blessing but nothing beyond those basic facts- the financial difficulties of Kate's parents never resolved, there is me ...more
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... :(
Not-so-good things about this novel: I really really abhor reading a book with a made-up conflict. Kate goes all out of character and becomes this unreasonable melodramatic person for no verifiable reason I can see. Sure her boyfriend is moving back to Hawaii for the foreseeable future, but most teenagers have the ability to understand his ...more
On the actual printed cover, Caleb's skin is darker than it looks in the above cover picture. This is ...more
Kate Monrovi has the perfect little life everyone is rooting for. Her family has the money to buy whatever she wants and she goes to one of the most elite private school on their state. With her family's status, she could do whatever she wants for her life, but as the story progress we learn more about her and realize that she absolutely have no idea what she really wanted for her life. She is not the typ ...more
I was a bit annoyed when I discovered after receiving the book that it was Christian fiction, whatever that is. However I was surprised that the Christian part of the book is quite modest and flows in the book harmoniously (although the references to sex sounded a bit forced, but that could be my perception).
What I didn't like in the book was the first-person narrative, especially the lack of description, except ne ...more
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 ...more
I did not really LOVED it. But I did not HATED it either. I can't say that it bored, but also I can't say that I enjoyed it so much. So I guess I'm in the middle.
This is the modern Romeo and Juliet. Just minus all the swords and fights and of course the tragic ending. It's Romeo and Juliet in the sense that Kate and Caleb's family has a hate or feud going on that runs decades back to their grandfathers who actually used to be friends ...more
Christianity is a major part of the novel. It's an underlying theme throughout the story, and it helps to define the characters as they get to know ...more
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 ...more
I don’t know if anybody ended hating the word love after reading this one.
I first, I really thought this story was written to a modern Romeo and Juliet add to the fact the there is the Shakespeare quote’s in every chapter. Caleb and Kate being in the middle of decades old family feud; visualizing the story that both their parties will condemned the two being together. Yes, we may have the that particular scene in this book, Kate and Caleb parents and grandfather both me ...more
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 ...more
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"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.”