What if you soul mate is your best friend’s boyfriend?
Erin and Lani are best friends . . . and total opposites when it comes to everything, including boys. But then Erin starts dating Jason, and when Lani meets him, sparks fly. Lani is a loyal friend to Erin, but when junior year ends and Erin goes to camp for the summer, she leaves Lani behind . . . with Jason. Will Lani be able to put her friendship with Erin first, or will she be tempted by the guy who may just be her soul mate?
Title: Something Like Fate
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publication date: 2010
I’m not sure how I feel about Something Like Fate. Lani is super into horoscopes and fate, to the point of being annoying. She also falls for her best friend’s boyfriend.
It’s meant to be romantic, with lots of talk about soul mates and fate (sigh), but…Erin is her best friend. If you know your best friend won’t care, there’s no problem, but that’s not the case here. Lani knows Erin will care. And yet she can’t help herself because SOUL MATES AND FATE AND TRUE LOVE. Part of being an adult — and she’s not, but at her age I’m sure she would like to be treated like one — is self-control. You can’t help who you like, but you can control what you do about it.
Lani chooses the guy over the best friend, and that’s a perfectly valid choice. But if you’re going to make that choice, you can’t expect that there won’t be be any consequences. You’re probably not going to keep both the best friend and the boyfriend. In Lani’s case, Erin goes way too far, turning the entire school against her. Lani gets bullied, which no one deserves.
Is Jason worth all this? I don’t think so. They connect over the stupidest things, like having the same poster since they were both four and discovering that they played together in the sandbox when they were kids and they both abbreviate (“abbreve”) the word ridiculous as “ridic.”
Seriously. This is Lani’s great love.
Lani’s a pretty awful friend, but she finds out that some of her friends aren’t very good friends either. Lani had already started withdrawing from her and Erin’s circle of friends before the book began, so it’s not too surprising that they take Erin’s side over hers. She has other friends, though, who turn on her too. She’s lucky to keep her friend Blake, who has an interesting story of his own. I wouldn’t mind reading a book about Blake, although his story pretty much gets wrapped up in Something Like Fate.
The writing is, to put it bluntly, awful.
I was like, “Your what?”
He went, “I forgot my jogging pants.”
And I was all, ” You mean your sweatpants?”
“See?” I go. “That wasn’t so bad, was it?”
Yes, people talk like that. To some extent, I talk like that, probably more than I would like to admit. But reading it? It’s painful. I guess it’s a stylistic choice, but I don’t care for it. Coupled with the soul mates/fate and the drama over Jason, I just can’t recommend this book.