When you only see the world in black and white until you meet yours, it’s pretty easy to figure out when you’ve found your Soulmate. What Libby can’t figure out is why fate,destiny, or the powers that be have decided that Andrew McCormack is her one, true match. Libby is smart, organized, and always has a plan for what’s coming next. So when she sees Andrew for the first time and her world is instantly filled with color, she’s thrown for a loop.

Namely because he’s in a dingy grey jumpsuit.

And handcuffs.

And being booked into a juvenile detention facility.

Surely a boy who’s been convicted of a headline-making, violent crime isn’t who she’s meant to be with. There’s no way she belongs with someone like that…right?

 

I really liked What’s a Soulmate? from the get go. I was intrigued by the idea that everyone sees in black and white until the moment they lay eyes on their soulmate, then color bursts everywhere. It sounds like the perfect way to find your one true love. Except things are never truly that easy.

It’s clear early on in the story that just because you find your soulmate doesn’t mean you have also found your happily-ever-after. Sometimes soulmates just become friends, are family members, or a person might be your soulmate but you are not theirs. I liked that touch of complexity to the book’s concept.

The book also touches on what a society like this might look like. There are simple things like stores offering products in either color or black and white. But there is also a stigma for couples who are not soulmates. Some couples who choose to get married when they are not a true “match” might find themselves ostracized, for example.      

There’s a definite divide between those who can see in color and those who can’t.        

The spin on a teen romance with just a touch of paranormal and fantasy, or whatever you want to call it, was fun to read. I felt Ouimet put just enough fantasy elements in her story without taking away from the characters or making it all about the world the story is set in.   

For me a good concept draws me in but good characters keep me around and this book had both.   

Book Review: What’s a Soulmate? by Lindsey Ouimet

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