A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Along the way, readers learn a little bit about astrology, palmistry, numerology, and environmental issues. They can also have fun with a number of discussions, from what role fate plays in our lives to why romantic stories are so appealing.
Readers will pick up on some messages about what it means to be a true friend.
Positive Role Models
Lani is a responsible young woman with a passion for the environment and all things related to fate and the Unknown. She strives to be a good friend while being true to herself, and she remains true even in the face of ridicule. For the most part, the other characters show the same kind of maturity and good nature.
Violence & Scariness
A gay character's father throws him out of the house because of his sexuality. The same character's locker is spray painted with the word "homo." Some instances of angry shouting among teens.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character is referred to as a slut. Teens kiss.
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A couple of uses of "dumbass," "bitch," "homo," and "slut."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's not much to worry about in this book. Some instances of angry shouting among teens and some mean behavior: a gay character's locker is spray painted with the word "homo," and a girl is called a slut, for example. Mostly though, this a quick and easy read dealing with the issues that come up when two friends like the same boy. Lani is mature and thoughtful in how she handles the fact that her soul mate, Jason, is dating her best friend, Erin. Though the situations gets a bit messy, Lani, Jason, and Erin eventually work it out in a believable way. Even younger teens and tweens will relate to the characters.
Is It Any Good?
SOMETHING LIKE FATE is a fun, light read for teens. Readers will be drawn in by the compelling premise: Lani truly believes in fate, and she can't ignore her feeling that she and Jason are meant to be together. But she feels just as strongly about her relationship with Erin, and she doesn't want to damage it.
But this is more than than a typical love triangle story. Readers will find Lani an authentic character with an honest voice. She's a mature and compassionate character, and readers will believe that she's truly tortured by the impossible choice she must make between love and friendship. The tension this creates is believable, and through the highs and extremely low lows of the situation, Lani's wisdom and maturity shine through.
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