Published by Delacorte Press on November 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary (YA)
Source: ALA Annual
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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?" ~Goodreads
Okay so I know this doesn’t come out until November, but I just needed to share it now because I’ve been slumping lately and this book is just AMAZING.
What I Loved
The story-telling. This story is told in such an interesting way. It basically takes place within the span of the day, following the two main characters in alternating POVs BUT then there are also chapters giving insight to various other characters like the security guard, a lawyer, a receptionist. Even chapters explaining a scientific theory. It’s just really cute.
The slow-burn/ instalove thing going on. It’s kind of funny how the two main characters fall for each other. Even though it all takes place in one day and even though the GUY falls in love basically at first sight, it’s still soooo slow burny. It’s got the whole I’m going to convince you to fall in love with me, mixed with some scientific study, mixed with a semi-crotchety female who doesn’t want any of it. It’s pretty great without being pushy or weird.
Diversity! It’s about a Jamaican who’s about to be deported and Korean-American falling in love. But it doesn’t shy away from the problems that their potential relationship could and does cause with their families. It gives little insights to other characters as well, like a waitress at the Korean restaurant they eat at who has a son who longer speaks to her because she didn’t approve of his white girlfriend. It gives different sides of so many stories. It’s just really nice to see.
THE FEELS and some tears. I won’t ruin the book but there are some up and downs throughout the day on whether or not Natasha and Daniel will end up together, or even just find out each other’s last names.
And that’s it! There wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about this book. It took me a little longer than usual (due to my slump) but any time I cracked open this book, all I could do was smile (or tear up).