Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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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 loved this book so so so much! I was lucky enough to participate in a traveling ARC of this amazing book, which was hosted by Jessica @ Princessica of Books. Thank you Jessica for sharing your ARC copy with all of us! I’m SO GRATEFUL I had the opportunity to read this book before it came out because it is one of my favorite reads of the year.
The Pacing and Plot
The chapters of this book are short, which kept the pace moving. I couldn’t stop turning the pages! The timeline is a pretty short one and the story takes place over the course of one day. Typically, I don’t enjoy stories that take place over such a short time span because it’s not usually enough time to get invested in the story or the characters. I don’t know how Nicola Yoon did it, but she totally proved me wrong with this book! I was VERY invested in how this book ended. I think the biggest complaint many readers may have about this book is that the two main characters fall in love a little quickly. However, I feel that is the whole POINT of this story – it’s about fate and explores the idea of love at first sight. It totally (surprisingly!) worked for me and I LOVED the romance.
The Characters and Romance
Not only did I love the romance, I loved the characters too. The male main character is Daniel, who is Korean and the second son of Korean immigrant parents. I am half Korean, so I related to Daniel in so many aspects. There was a ton of Korean culture sprinkled throughout the book that I loved! All of it was accurate and it was so refreshing to read. Natasha is the oldest daughter of Jamaican immigrants and her family is being deported. I loved Natasha and related to her on a lot levels too. I’m very scientific like she is and also don’t believe in love at first sight. I loved how logical she was. I think a lot of what Natasha deals with in this book is a part of growing up that a lot of readers can relate to. I really appreciated the multicultural themes and themes related to growing up that were explored through these characters.
I really enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s debut Everything, Everything when I read it last year. I’ve been looking forward to reading more of her ever since! This book more than lived up to my expectations and really surprised me. I love when authors take a trope that I don’t usually enjoy and somehow make me adore the story. I loved the characters and their story that unfolded. The ending of this book was so beautiful – I was literally in tears without really understanding why I was crying. When I finally finished I remember sighing (and sniffling) and with a happy feeling in my heart. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA contemporary and finds love at first sight to be romantic!