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Just Like Fate

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,581 ratings  ·  468 reviews
Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: s ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think that it was just like fate that I decided to read this book.

I knew about Cat Patrick, one of the authors, but I hadn't the chance to read anything by her yet, so I thought that it was a good option to read her latest novel, and it was amusing when I got the book that I realized that Patrick had co-written the book with Suzanne Young.

So, it was even better, since not only I was able to know the work of one author but two.

Another thing that impulsed me to get the book was the gorgeous cove
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
Do you ever wonder where you would have ended up if you'd chosen differently that one time? "What if?" is a question we've all wondered once or twice. How different would our lives be today? This is why I enjoyed Just Like Fate so much; it explores consequences of two sides of a coin, while showing that no matter the road that leads, we end up where we're meant to be. For Caroline, both roads are linked to her decision to go to a party, not knowing it will be during the last of her grandmother's ...more
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Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

What if one small decision could change your life forever? What if you chose the wrong one? And what if, both choices have their own pros and cons? I have really enjoyed Cat Patrick's novels in the past, so when I saw this on pop up on Goodreads, I immediately took up the opportunity to read this, hoping for another fun, sci-fi type conte
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
1.5 Stars

Just Like Fate is the equivalent of eating a tub of ice cream all at once and completely regretting it after.

Right after finishing Just Like Fate, I was ready to write a gushing review on how wonderful of an experience I had while reading this. A few hours later I was mulling over the novel and began to think how completely shallow it felt. So many irrational events occurred in the course of this book that I'm surprised I didn't catch them. It's embarrassing, really, that I had bee
Raegan   Ralls
I really, really enjoyed this book! It really surprised me because I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. It had good writing and good flow of words. I loved the plot and the meaning in this book. It was easy to relate to the characters and I can't really find one thing I dislike about this book!

- This book should be a movie :/
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.

Pivot Point, by Kasie West, is one of my top reads in 2013 and is a stand-out among books with a parallel lives focus. Just Like Fate is just like Pivot Point's wanna-be little sister.

Caroline's story heads down two paths when her beloved grandmother is near death. Caroline's family is visiting her grandmother in the hospital to say their goodbyes. Caroline's best friend, Simone, encourages Caroline to get out for a while to attend a p
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Imagine if you could go back in time and make a different decision. How would your life have turned out if you decided to go down a different path? The whole concept of alternate realities really fascinates me, and that's why I picked up Just Like Fate.

For the most part, Just Like Fate reads like a contemporary romance where Caroline follows two different paths. She chooses whether to stay or go to a party on the nigh
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-i-read
Click here for my blog review.

A very moving story that was hard to put down. Powerful enough to make me cry. I absolutely adore stories that show two outcomes of one choice--a Sliding Doors type of book with a great message.

I received an ARC of this book.
2 stars

In the first half of this year I discovered a sub-genre I'm totally in love with: stories involving alternate/parallel universes. I adore Pivot Point  to pieces and Parallel  was surprisingly endearing and good. Then I made it my goal to read all the books in this sub-genre coming out this year, and Just Like Fate popped up on my radar. I was excited, and I wanted to love it, but it brought nothing new to the table (except maybe eye rolls).

Within 50 pages, warning bells went off for
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Pulse for providing me a copy of this ARC; which I won in a giveaway.

I'm not usually one who likes contemporaries; but when I read the blurb (and saw the cover) I was properly intrigued. I haven't read too many of the (what I now know are called) "sliding-doors" books. After reading this book, I will be seeking them out.

We have Caroline who is faced with a choice; just one choice that can totally change her life and split them into two paths. One path is where she
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I do like the SLIDING DOORS type books. I like to see a turning point and the protagonist takes both paths for the reader's enjoyment. There is a big difference with this book and any other I have read. I can't tell what the difference is because it would be a huge spoiler.

It starts with a fictitious band and particular song that makes no sense to me. Caroline is sitting in class when she is alerted that her grandmother is dying. Five years ago, Caroline tired of her parents' acrimonious divorc
Stephanie White
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an amazing book. It was so real. The characters were so believable and well written. The plot was so intriguing and left me wanting to read on. I loved the relationship between Caroline and Chris, it was one of the best written common relationships I've ever read. Chris was perfect but also so down to Earth and so easy to fall in love with.
This book also left me with a profound opinion on fate and the ending perfectly summed up the entire theme of the book.
Life is messy, life is full of m
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
First, I have to admit I didn't get the book at he beginning. Is it one story? Two? Maybe there are twins? Maybe I need to sleep and read again?
But no! It was one story only, but told from different perspectives, one if Caroline, the main character, chooses to "go" and other if she "stays".
I want her to go,far far away,and stay, away from me! Lol, I seriously hated her, I'm not sorry.
The story was not bad, and I get she's a teenager and makes mistakes as everyone else, BUT come on, what she di
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I am speechless. I honestly doesnt have any idea how would I rate it. Just like Fate helped me tremendously in getting over my book slump. A definitely must read. Mini review to come.

(Yes it worked!)

I mean, I should’ve known better. This one is all on me folks. I mean, once you have a history with a writer – a negative one – you should know better than to just pick up another book that they write and hope that it’ll somehow magically change your opinion about the writer and the way that they write.

After giving both Forgotten and Revive by Cat Patrick a 0/5 star rating, I had no expectations from this author. I mean, she’d had more than one chance to impress me, a
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
I was given an ARC copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This review is a review of the ARC copy, not the final version. For more reviews, visit Divergent Gryffindor.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

We all make lots of decisions everyday - from small things like what to wear, to big, life-changing decisions. Just Like Fate shows us how making a decision can make an impact on our lives.

I really loved the concept of this book. I definitely took a lot from it, and it was just an
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Rainy Rose
What I can conclude about this book is that sometimes, in life, the choices we made (good or bad) will lead us to something. Even when we thought we made a good choice, it will still take us toward a long path until we finally meet that something or someone that will stay in our life. And bad choices still do not mean that we finally at bad place either. Mistakes don't define us. Yes, we are human, we make mistakes but sometimes, that "mistakes" lead us to more brighter places after that. I can ...more
Hannah Kern
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing. It is my favorite book.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed it. Written flawlessly by Cat and Suzanne - I couldn't distinguish between their voices, which I loved. I love the concept of the story - one scenario and two different reactions and outcomes - and seeing how everything played out.

Full review on RATHER BE READING:

One reality: Caroline’s grandmother is dying. No one knows how much time she has left.
Two scenarios: Escape the sadness and family drama to go to a party with her BFF, Simone, or stay with her grandmother.

Sara (sarabara081)
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.

The fangirling I did when I saw these two authors had written a collaboration! As a huge fan of Suzanne Young (past reviews here , here , and here ), I already vowed to read all her books but Cat Patrick is another author I adore ( past review ) so I was super excited to see what they could do together!

Caroline is incredibly close with her grandmother, and moved in with her 5 years ago when her parents were going through a messy divo
Rashika (is tired)
Apr 03, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
Choices have the power to change everything

And let me tell you… the choice I made when I decided to read this book… was definitely a bad one, although it did lead me to write my very first DNF review.

I’ve had this book on my to-review list for a while and when I first requested it in the first half of the year, I thought I would like it and maybe if I had continued reading this, it might have gotten better but I cannot do that to myself after having read so many other torturous books.

This is the
Nicole Wang
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my dear God, I can not tell you guys how much I loved this book. I was a bit wary going into it since I'd just broken a book slump, but I loved Suzanne Young's Program, so I thought why not?
And Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young are an absolutely brilliant writing pair--I honestly hope they write more books together. I will officially read anything by them.

"It's just...the point is yeah, we're fated to live a certain life. But it's not like we're being mind controlled or anything."

The thing about
Taylor Knight
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you're thinking of picking up Just Like Fate, there is one thing you MUST know before you open the book. By chapter three, the chapters go from "Stay" to "Go". Two mildly different stories. Early in the book, the main character, Caroline, has to choose between staying with her dying grandmother or going to a party with her best friend. And that, ladies and gentlemen, I got massively confused. The chapters show the paths that both decisions will take Caroline. If she goes or stays. I didn't kn ...more
Leah (Jane Speare)
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I hear parallel universes are the new dystopian now, eh? Well count me in because this is my first book in the subject, and I'm a fan already. (Honestly, I think I've seen quite a few parallel universe stories out there the past few years, I just avoid them because I can't stand mirrored covers. But I'm getting past those shallow thoughts...slowly)

Picking this book up to read was a no-brainer since I've been a huge fan of Cat Patrick's from the start, and more recently started fangirling over S
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though there is a simple concept behind this one, the implications and impact of it are astounding. Take a look at where you're at today, and in your mind, think back to all the things that led you to where you're at. Then think, what if one of those times, you went the other way? How drastically different would your life be, or would you maybe still be about where you're at now? That's the main element of this one, and I absolutely love how it was handled. There are two Carolines in this one, a ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like 'Before I Fall' by Lauren Oliver and 'Sliding Doors' (movie)
Recommended to Sydney by: Sliding Doors
This was by far, one of my favourite books of the year (And the Evolution of Mara Dyer). So I have seen the movie Sliding Doors and absolutely adored it. I was looking around for things like that movie for quite some time and never found what I wanted. Then I heard of this book and got really excited. So going into this book, I already expected it to be good.
I really did like Caroline. And I actually liked the story about her going to the party better than the one where she stays with her Grand
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I haven’t pick up a book that carries a somewhat supernatural plot line. When I read this synopsis, I was immediately intrigued.

Plot: This is a story that showcases two different paths. Though the main character is unaware of it, the reader is. It kind of reminds me of the choose your own adventure stories but only this time you get two stories at once. The chapters switch back and forth. One chapter would be one decision she made and the next chapter is the what if she choose something differen
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
I have to admit, I started this book thinking it was just a bit of fluff, but it was much better than I gave it credit for, so shame on me.

Caroline, also known as Coco to her family, please don't call her sweet, is a bit of a runner when it comes to intense emotions. She doesn't do well with stressful situations. When she was twelve her parents had a nasty divorce and Caroline went to live with her grandmother. Her older sister, and to some extent her mother, never forgave her for bailing. This
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book (at first I did find it a little difficult to keep track of the storylines because it switched back and forth so often, but I still thought it was well done). I also liked how Caroline realizes her mistakes (because she made several in both timelines) and works to fix things with her families in both cases. I like that Caroline realized that just having a crush on someone doesn't necessarily mean that you understand who they are as a real person; and I especially
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Cat Patrick is the author of middle grade books Tornado Brain and Paper Heart, as well as young adult books Forgotten, Revived, The Originals, and, with Suzanne Young, Just Like Fate.

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“No trees in sight, just concrete
Still I see
Two roads twist and turn in front of me
No signs, but screams
Which way's reality?
So you choose; yeah, you choose
Maybe you lose
The sidewalk paved in hitches
Broken hearts not fixed by stitches
But morning's coming soon
No right in sight, just questions
And you find
There is no map to Mecca
It's just life
No right answer; perfect marks
It's no big deal; it's just your heart
Falling stars and lightning sparks
This will only sting a bit
We are all just
Magnets for fate
Stumbling, skipping, running at our pace
Making choices, losing voices
Making wishes for forgiveness
But morning's coming soon

And no matter where you sit, how fast you sip
The coffee tastes the same on magnet lips

"Magnets for Fate"
-Electric Freakshow”
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