I have a lot of books in the New Adult genre on my shelf. I’ve been meaning to get around to reading them, but had yet to do so. Until now, until this book. The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen was for all intents and purposes my introduction to all things new adult, and let me just say what an introduction is was! I could not put this one down. In fact, I read it in one sitting. Then I went back and I read it again.
Everything I dislike about the Young Adult genre was absent from this book. There was no ‘instant love’, no weak female main characters waiting for a boy to save her or just see her for who she is, there was no petty problems, no douche of a male lead who is somehow made out to be the ideal love interest. Instead we watched two people with real issues and real problems not only come together to be some kind of strength in each other’s lives, but we got to watch these two very flawed characters work on themselves. It’s almost as if they realized that they needed to be an asset to themselves before they could be an asset to anyone else. *Gasp* the maturity!
And that pretty much sums it all up. There was an exploration of maturity demonstrated in The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden, both in the story and in the characters themselves that was really great to see. Callie & Kayden are not yet fully-formed adults and while they are still in the flush of youth, there is a depth to them and their story that makes you want to cheer them on as the story progresses.
Oh, and that ending! I have to say that while cliff hanger’s normally drive me nuts, all this one did is make me want to read the next book in the series, The Redemption of Callie & Kayden right now. Look out for that one in stores in February 2014 or available in eBook format right now!