Forever New Adult: Jessica Sorensen's The Redemption of Callie and Kayden

New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20s angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. We're finishing off the week with Jessica Sorensen's The Redemption of Callie and Kayden, the continuing story of a boy in trouble and the girl desperate to save him. 

Tell us a little about If You Leave.

My upcoming book, The Redemption of Callie and Kayden, is the continuation book to The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden. The book picks up from where The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden ended and really digs into Callie and Kayden trying to overcome their pasts and moving forward in their lives together.

Which scene from the story is closest to your heart?

There are a lot of scenes in The Redemption of Callie and Kayden that kind of hit close to home. One scene in particular is when Callie, Kayden, Luke, and Seth decide to drive to California as a way to escape their lives for a little bit.

Luke throws a few shirts and pants into a large navy blue duffel bag that he gets from the top shelf and then he adds a pair of striped shorts and a pair of sandals and sets the bag onto his bed. “I’m just desperate to get away from here, man. That’s all.”

I wonder what he’s running away from. “How long are we going to be gone?”

Luke’s shoulder moves up and down as he zips up the bag. “Until break’s over, I guess.”

I look at Seth to see if he agrees and he merely nods his head. “We have nothing better to do than hang out with your mom.” He makes a disgusted face. “And I for one don’t want to do that.”

“Yeah, but telling my mother that I’m not going to be here for New Year’s…she’s going to flip,” I tell them.

“Then don’t tell her,” Seth says simply. “Text while we’re on the road.”

I contemplate the idea for a briefer amount of time than I expected. “I can do that.”

Seth beams and points a finger at his chest. “I’m a very bad influence and I’m glad.”

Luke slings his bag over his shoulder, folds the papers neatly in fourths, and then stuffs them into his back pocket of his pants. “Ready to hit the road?”

Can you elaborate on how this scene ties into your own past?

When I was teenager there were a few times where I would take fleeting breaks from everyday life and go somewhere, whether it was alone or sometimes with my friends. There was one time in particular where some of my friends and I piled way too many people into an old, beat up car, like how Callie, Luke, Seth, and Kayden did. Some people had to sit on laps and there was very little moving room, but we made it work and were content because we were getting a short break. 


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Where do you seek refuge from everyday life? Let us know in the comments. And make sure to pick up a copy of The Redemption of Callie and Kayden, available digitally August 6 and in print next year. You can find more New Adult new and coverage over on our Everything Young Adult Page.