Published by Delacorte Press
Published on November 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult
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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
I adored Nicola’s debut novel Everything, Everything, but I was nervous as hell to start this book. Let’s face it, a sophomore novel can be hit or miss. I should have known not doubt this story. This is Nicola Yoon damn it, and there is something about her writing that is simply striking. The characters demanded my attention, but it was the story themes and writing that rocked me emotionally.
“Love is just chemicals and coincidence. So why does Daniel feel like something more?”
So what did I love…..
I loved the characters. I genuinely liked Natasha and Daniel. On the surface they are complete opposites. Natasha was black and Jamaican born, Daniel was a Korean- American. Natasha is all about numbers and practicality. She’s a scientist, so things like love and fate, aren’t realistic in her world. Daniel is a poet and his sweet personality was infectious. He believed in fate, he believed in love, he believed in the something more. To him, if something was meant to be, it will happen now matter what.
The two meet each other on one of the most important days of their lives. Natasha is being deported after years of living in America and Daniel is interviewing for an ivy league college that he has no interest in attending. There were many circumstances that lead to them meeting one another, but it was simply fate. I knew this was a romance, but I did wonder: “could two people really fall in love in one day?” I loved watching their relationship unfold. Their relationship didn’t feel rushed or fake. It was real and the chemistry between them was palpable.
The story was told in dual first person POV. There were also narratives from important figures in the novel. The part of the story that had the most impact on me was Natasha’s immigration story. While my own personal story isn’t exactly like hers, my story (as well as a few loved ones) is very similar to hers. I understood so much of her frustration, her anger, and her sadness. I think Nicola shined a light on a topic that is not often talked about in YA. It feel it humanized situations like these.
“We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.”
Overall I loved this book. It easily could have been a simplistic romance, but this story was so much more. It was diverse, funny, emotional, and beautifully imperfect. The story didn’t singularly focus on the romantic aspect. It also focused on familial relationships and the relationships we have with ourselves. Nicola Yoon did an amazing job with this story. I would definitely recommend grabbing this book in November. Sigh, now I’m eagerly waiting for whatever Nicola Yoon has up next.
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