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Cheating Fate is the charged story of four teens, all best friends, who have grown up together in a small town in the BC interior. Loyal, compassionate, and trusting they accept their friendship bonds with a resoluteness that only another teen could understand. But when they survive a serious snowmobile accident and discover they share remarkable and frightening memories o Cheating Fate is the charged story of four teens, all best friends, who have grown up together in a small town in the BC interior. Loyal, compassionate, and trusting they accept their friendship bonds with a resoluteness that only another teen could understand. But when they survive a serious snowmobile accident and discover they share remarkable and frightening memories of their near-death experience, they fear that their fates are sealed and that they will die at some unknown time - together. The action is paced through four distinct voices: Sukhwinder, a laidback Indo-Canadian teenager who loves his friends but gets lured into illegal activity with his urban cousins; Kyle, a restless teen wanting to conquer the motocross world with extreme riding; Jeremy, a sensitive teenager craving attention from a busy single father and absentee mother; and Cassidy, the only girl in the group of friends who fears for the boys and their flawed sense of invincibility.


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Cheating Fate is the charged story of four teens, all best friends, who have grown up together in a small town in the BC interior. Loyal, compassionate, and trusting they accept their friendship bonds with a resoluteness that only another teen could understand. But when they survive a serious snowmobile accident and discover they share remarkable and frightening memories o Cheating Fate is the charged story of four teens, all best friends, who have grown up together in a small town in the BC interior. Loyal, compassionate, and trusting they accept their friendship bonds with a resoluteness that only another teen could understand. But when they survive a serious snowmobile accident and discover they share remarkable and frightening memories of their near-death experience, they fear that their fates are sealed and that they will die at some unknown time - together. The action is paced through four distinct voices: Sukhwinder, a laidback Indo-Canadian teenager who loves his friends but gets lured into illegal activity with his urban cousins; Kyle, a restless teen wanting to conquer the motocross world with extreme riding; Jeremy, a sensitive teenager craving attention from a busy single father and absentee mother; and Cassidy, the only girl in the group of friends who fears for the boys and their flawed sense of invincibility.

21 review for Cheating Fate

  1. 5 out of 5

    Canadian Children's Book Centre

    What if the date or circumstances of your death had been predetermined, and somehow, you become aware of that information. Is it possible to “cheat” fate as it were and avoid death, or is fate absolutely final and unalterable? These are the questions that first-time novelist Audrey Pfitzenmaier addresses in Cheating Fate. In a small town in the BC interior, four teens (best friends who have grown up together) narrowly escape death in a snowmobiling accident. Sharing the same near-death experienc What if the date or circumstances of your death had been predetermined, and somehow, you become aware of that information. Is it possible to “cheat” fate as it were and avoid death, or is fate absolutely final and unalterable? These are the questions that first-time novelist Audrey Pfitzenmaier addresses in Cheating Fate. In a small town in the BC interior, four teens (best friends who have grown up together) narrowly escape death in a snowmobiling accident. Sharing the same near-death experience reveals to them that they are fated to die together at some unknown time. Determined to cheat fate, they decide to split up into pairs; never again will all four end up in the same place together. And although the paths they choose all take them down different roads, inevitably, those roads draw the foursome back together, leaving them to question whether there are indeed any human powers to alter fate. Though, at times, the story becomes somewhat unbelievable, teens will find plenty to discuss in this classic “what if” scenario. Written with the reluctant reader in mind, the plot moves along quickly, combining fast-paced action with a dose of fairly clean teenage angst. Where the novel does become problematic is in the author’s expectation that the reader will suspend disbelief and gloss over holes in the story that just don’t make sense. The actions of the principal characters are often far fetched and unbelievable, and though the novel is very visual, there is sometimes too much “telling” and not enough “showing.” Despite its weaknesses, the novel does end on a strong note, and the author successfully creates a cliffhanger ending that will leave the reader to infer the ultimate fate of the four teens. Cheating Fate is overall an interesting and thought provoking read for teens, and fans of teen horror flicks such as the Final Destination trilogy will not be disappointed. Reviewed by Rachel Steen in Canadian Children's Book News Summer 2008 VOL.31 NO.3

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ellen - CFS

    This book had a lot of elements that I really appreciated, from the spooky premise to the sense of place to the realistic inclusion of a Southeast Asian character. It should have a wider appeal than it probably will due to it's Canadian origins. I highly recommend this. My only problem has to do with Cassidy's character, in that she reverts to the caretaker role so common to female characters. Aside from that, and it's not a minor quibble, this is a good read - suspenseful, well defined characte This book had a lot of elements that I really appreciated, from the spooky premise to the sense of place to the realistic inclusion of a Southeast Asian character. It should have a wider appeal than it probably will due to it's Canadian origins. I highly recommend this. My only problem has to do with Cassidy's character, in that she reverts to the caretaker role so common to female characters. Aside from that, and it's not a minor quibble, this is a good read - suspenseful, well defined characters, and a moody setting - works for me!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    This book had a lot of elements that I really appreciated, from the spooky premise to the sense of place to the realistic inclusion of a Southeast Asian character. It should have a wider appeal than it probably will due to it's Canadian origins. I highly recommend this. My only problem has to do with Cassidy's character, in that she reverts to the caretaker role so common to female characters. Aside from that, and it's not a minor quibble, this is a good read - suspenseful, well defined characte This book had a lot of elements that I really appreciated, from the spooky premise to the sense of place to the realistic inclusion of a Southeast Asian character. It should have a wider appeal than it probably will due to it's Canadian origins. I highly recommend this. My only problem has to do with Cassidy's character, in that she reverts to the caretaker role so common to female characters. Aside from that, and it's not a minor quibble, this is a good read - suspenseful, well defined characters, and a moody setting - works for me!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    THIS BOOK HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jolan

    I know that I know - but- I dont WANT to know. Why are some books soooooo sad? Why?Why?Why?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ishara

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Jordan

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Justine

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karly Green

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kulvir

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nat

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

  17. 5 out of 5

    Evan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marina Zamudio

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thistledown Press

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