I've been a big fan of Susane Colasanti's work for a long time, ever since I first read Take Me There about two years ago, so you can imagine how excited I am for the release of her latest book, Something Like Fate, which will be out next week--May 4th!
Here's my review!
Something Like Fate is a bittersweet and wise book about the trickiness of relationships between friends, boyfriends and girlfriends, and teens and parents. Colasanti's protagonist, Lani, is responsible and goal oriented, but she has a passionate side, and her avid beliefs in fate and the truth in horoscopes make her a unique and memorable character. Her feelings for Jason are strong, but her loyalty to Erin is stronger, which is reflected in her conflicting feelings and ever-increasing confusion throughout the book. Though Something Like Fate isn't quite as layered as her previous novels, Colasanti keeps the plot busy with Lani and Jason's complex relationship and Lani's friend Blake's own issues with his father.
As her relationship with Erin and her other friends becomes more and more complicated and eventually sours, Lani continues to act mature and be an admirable character, despite her pain and feelings of betrayal. The book ends realistically and there is plenty of room for optimism for Lani, Jason, and Erin. Something Like Fate serves as a funny, insightful, and sometimes painful reminder that friends can and do grow apart, and that clinging to past bonds can get in the way of future relationships.
Cover Comments: I've always been a big fan of Colasanti's covers and the couples on them. This one is a little different (there;s a third person!) but I do like it. I think it'll grab a lot of people's attention just because of the implications of the couple(s)...and I do like the bright colors and the fact that it is set in an ice cream shop (which is significant in the book)!
"I’ve always had a thing for polished stones. Their shine, their color, the swirly patterns they have. I love the metallic luster of hematite and all the different colors you can see in opals. In Something Like Fate, Lani wears a piece of tourmalinated quartz on a chain. This mineral is believed to have balancing powers. I’ve always been fascinated by the possibility of gem stones and minerals holding special powers. I even have my own piece of tourmalinated quartz just like Lani’s. While doing research for the book, I referred to The Crystal Bible. It has gorgeous photos of just about every precious stone, with a huge directory telling the attributes of each one. If you’re into gemology, I highly recommend it."
SC: Sara from When It Happens is the character I have the most in common with. We’re both into archival scrapbooking, have a thing for blue lights, have owned a xylophone, love The Cure and R.E.M., and didn’t fit in at school. We experienced similar boy situations as well.
TCR: Do you think it is possible for a friendship to last if one girl falls for her friend's boyfriend?
SC: Not if her friend is deeply in love with the boy. There’s no coming back from that kind of hurt. This is just my own opinion, though – I’ve never gone through that kind of thing with any of my friends. But I can imagine that having your best friend fall in love with your boyfriend and then realizing that your boyfriend loves her as well would be the worst kind of pain. Maybe those girls would make up eventually, but their friendship would never be the same again.
TCR: What are you working on now?
SC: Right now I’m revising my fifth book. If everything goes according to plan, it should be released in May 2011!
Awesome! I can't wait tpo hear more about book five! Also, if you're still unsure about any of Susane's books, check out this eBook sampler below, where you can read the first chapters of all of Susane's books!
Susane Colasanti Sampler
And finally, what's a blog tour without a contest? I'll be giving away one signed copy of Something Like Fate! All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below! The contest will run until May 14th, 2010!