First, let me start this book review by saying that I love stories about friends falling in love. Personally, it’s the best way to find love, being friends and eventually finding out that you actually like each other more than you think you do. That’s why when I read the blurb of Something Like Fate by Susan Colasanti, I got sucked in.
Lani and Erin are lifelong best friends — and total opposites. Lani’s a down-to-earth Taurus; Erin’s a fiery Leo. Lani likes to do her own thing; Erin prefers an entourage. They’ve always had wildly different tastes, from pizza toppings to guys.
That is, until Erin starts dating Jason.
From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can’t deny the amazing connection she feels with him. It’s like they’ve known each other their whole lives. She’s not sure if he feels it, too — but even if he does, he’s off-limits. Lani’s determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than hurt her best friend.
Then Erin goes away for the summer — and Jason seems to appear everywhere Lani turns. How long can she keep running from the guy who just might be the love of her life?
Okay, so that isn’t a really good blurb to begin with but you get the drift…
I wanted to like the book. Believe me, I do. Every book I read I wanted to end up liking but that isn’t the case. This book left me wanting to hurl it to the wall or burn the book! It had one of the worse endings I’ve ever read. I don’t know if Miss Colasanti will make a book two of this horrible story but the main characters still in conflict with each other… Then there’s the case of the best friends, the two girls, Lani and Erin. The latter was the dominant one, the former the one who’s always out to please her best friend. These two are the worse best friend characters I’ve had the misfortune of meeting in a book. Lani was so obsessed with pleasing her best friend that she forgot she had her own life to live. While Erin had no qualms destroying her best friend’s life over a boy, walking all over her when the opportunity presented itself, and then realizing that, hey, how silly of her to be mad when there were too many boys fawning all over her and her best friend had one!
The only thing that kept me going until the end? I wanted to know what happened to the characters of Blake, Lani’s gay friend, Sophie the fat girl, and Connor the Canadian guy who wanted to date Lani but the girl was stupid enough to decline.
Trust me, you don’t want to pick this book up lest you are a masochist who enjoys inflicting pain on yourself.
I am giving Something Like Fate 1 out of 5 stars … just for loving the characters of Blake, Sophie and Connor in the story.