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Caleb + Kate Paperback – May 3, 2010
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Imagine a Romeo and Juliet tale set on the beautiful Oregon coast. Kate’s dad is a wealthy hotel owner, and Caleb, newly arrived from Hawaii, works at one of the hotels. There’s some generations-old bad business between the two families that the two teens do not quite understand, but their elders do and work mightily to thwart their romance. The social scene at Kate’s posh school often slips into Gossip Girls parody mode, but the characters generally maintain their integrity well enough to propel the intriguing plot forward. Romance readers will thrill to the beautifully wrought raw emotion resonating in the two teens’ love for each other. Expect no Romeo and Juliet ending here, though, just some commonsense, satisfyingly realistic resolutions to a lot of complex issues with the families, and a chance for hope in the star-crossed lovers’ tale. Grades 7-10. --Anne OMalley
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Cindy Martinusen Coloma is the best-selling author of several novels including The Salt Garden, Beautiful, and Orchid House.
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I liked Kate. Her family had money but she was down-to-earth... If more of the wealthy in the world helped the poor, we'd have less of a divide between us - I liked that she felt that way. I really liked Caleb. He was easy-going - meek, not weak; he had no problem speaking his mind. These two made lots of preconceived notions about each other for a while there but they weren't as judgmental as Kate's friend, Monica or Caleb's cousin, Finn.
Caleb and Kate fought temptation when it came to having sex, but I got the impression that Kate would have lost her virginity in a heartbeat if Caleb wasn't strong in his convictions. It's always nice to read a story where a teenage guy is willing to wait. It also would have been nice, though, if there would have been more showing and less telling with this part of the story.
Monica and Oliver (Kate's two best friends): What I liked most about them is that they didn't give Kate a hard time because she was a Christian. They respected her choice. Maybe that was easy for them to do because they didn't feel judged by her. Kate was like Christ in this area; she accepted her friends just the way they were. I hope she included them in her prayer time, though, because they did have issues. But then again, it seemed Kate needed a spiritual revival (Page 132).
The fight between Caleb and Kate's families: It seemed to me Kate's family was in the wrong, so, even though Caleb's grandfather did have his ways, I don't see why he was the bad guy. No, it isn't good to hold grudges, but I understood why he was upset.
This was a good story. Caleb & Kate is very well-written and honest.
This really was a cute story. I really enjoyed the romance between Kate and Caleb. It was sweet, innocent, and with a touch of forbidden, I couldn't resist. I also appreciated the cleanness this book held. There was no swearing, to threat of sex happening anywhere in it, and religion is actually a fairly big part of the book. It was just a nice, light read.
The setting kept throwing me just a bit, and that is my one complaint about the book. The mix of Hawaiian culture while being set in Oregon was a little weird for me, I just had a hard time grasping it. But I did appreciate the author's ability to balance the contrast of Hawaiian families and the setting of the Pacific Northwest.
4 out of 5 stars.
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