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Something Like Fate

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  19,161 ratings  ·  1,342 reviews
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
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Viking Juvenile
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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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 th
Jun 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
The cover is totally off-putting. The intent is obviously to be playful but it's giving off a wrong message, like it's completely okay to cheat on your best friend with her boyfriend. But then the question below the title gave me a pause. What if your soul mate is your best friend's boyfriend? Of course it still doesn't make cheating okay but it got me really curious how the author will attempt to answer the question.

And true enough, the story really isn't about cheating which makes the cover mi
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Mar 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 09, 2014 rated it did not like it

I gaved up on this book. After reading half of the book i just went and i skipped chapters. It was cheesy and shitty written. And it didn't even felt like a real story. The plot was awful,boring,cliché,not exciting at all... An adjective for the whole book would be : Unrealistic AF

In my life I have never ever ever found a character like Lani so annoying!! But if i stop and think for a bit every character in this book was annoying. But she was so childish,it didn't even seemed that she was 17! A
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
Andrea Fleury
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought I would give this book a chance. With so many reviews I just wasn't sure. Ya has been my favorite for awhile. But This was just not my thing.The character was too wrapped up in recycling. Astrology etc. All things that don't interest me. It bored me to hear all that. Her best friend was bossy and she wasn't honest
Apr 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Seriously? Have I angered the reading gods? because this is book two of two in the past few days that has been an absolute bomb! I picked this one up secondhand at Savers in Adelaide, and I probably should have left it on the shelf. I have never, in all my time reading YA books, found one where the main character and every other character in the book acted so childish. In fact, it almost feels like an insult to the word child, because I know six year olds with more maturity than most of the char ...more
Angelica Perez
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm giving this book a solid 3 because I'm feeling generous and I enjoyed parts of this story. It wasn't at all what I had expected, I have read a book like this before and it was 10x better than this.
The writing in this story wasn't mature enough for my standards or age. I felt like I was reading my journal from when I was 10 years old. I also didn't like the characters because they didn't feel like real teenagers to me. I'm 17 and nobody I know talks like this or acts like this. We might use s
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, ya
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
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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
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, young-adult, arc
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
Suzy Seerden
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
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Shauna Stof
May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've recently read Something like Fate by Colasanti. I recommend this book to anybody who likes romance books. This book taught me some lessons. In life you have trust noone else but yourself. When it comes to boys and you tell ur freinds somethng you have to be able to trust them not go after the boy you like. It does happen. It's sad to say but some freinds wish you weren't with that one special person of your's becasue their jealous. Girls wish they could be with him and if there not a true f ...more
Jeni Bell
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Abbie by: Adrienne
Shelves: ebooks, contemporary
This book was okay. It was a love triangle theme with lots of typical high school drama. I just didn't really like the characters because they weren't that relatable.

Lani and Erin were best friends who shared a tragic past -- they were in a car accident together and Erin had saved Lani's life. So they were really close. Plus, they were quite obsessed with the idea of fate and destiny; meaning that they liked astrology, palm reading, tarot cards and etc.They also had a gay friend named Blake but
Princess Bookie
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010
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
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Claudia Gonzalez
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Melhoeknee The Crazy Book Fiend
I was very excited to read this book as a nice little enjoyment for summer. Boy oh boy.... No matter what, if I start to read some thing, I have to finish it. I was very close to just ending the book in the middle, but I had to keep telling myself to finish it so my money wasn't wasted.

Don't get me wrong, the storyline was great! It had so much potential. But I felt like the first person style and the writing made me feel like I was, 'like, a total valley giiirllllll'.

Also, the story was extrem
Anna Motteler
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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, & mean. THEY REALLY CAN B
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I completely enjoyed this book. After reading this book I couldn't stop myself from going out to all my local libraries and finding all the other books that Susane Colasanti had available. Her books are very close to the heart of what teenagers really go through. I connected with the characters very well. I cried when the situations got too intense and I laughed when I couldn't control it. I give this book 4.5/5 stars.
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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, Now and Forever, and the City Love trilogy. 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 teache ...more

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