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?
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Let me just start off by saying that the cover of this book is absolutely one of my favorites? I still remember that day when the cover reveal went live. This book is also one of my most anticipated novels for this year because I really loved Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything.
This book is about fate, destiny… serendipity. That’s exactly how the main characters, Natasha and Daniel, were brought together. One thing I really love about the book is the multiple points of view of the characters, not only Natasha and Daniel, but also everyone and everything around them. Although, Natasha and Daniel’s were the only ones told in first person POV. This was such a great reading experience and it brought depth and more understanding and empathy to the characters and their stories.
“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”
Natasha Kingsley was born in Jamaica but she basically grew up in the US, since her family moved there, but since their visa have expired, they’re being deported back to Jamaica in 12 hours. I really love her character. She’s really smart and tough and easy to relate with, especially because she’s a cynic, a bit like me. And even though her facade seems hard, she’s not really emotionally distant. She believes in science.
Daniel Jae Ho Bae’s parents are from South Korea but they immigrated to America, even before he and his brother Charlie were born. Daniel is the polar opposite of Natasha. He’s also smart, and he’s about to apply to Yale for college. He’s a hopeless romantic, cheesy adorable and he believes in love.
“Some people exist in your life to make it better. Some people exist to make it worse.”
I love the growth of the characters and their relationships, between them and the people around them, such as their families. Besides the romance, family is also one of the focal points in the story. Both have complicated and dynamic relationships with their respective families and it’s a great thing to see them be resolved towards the end.
Like what I usually say, it’s no secret that I love stories that happen in a span of one day, which is exactly why I fell in love easily with this book. That and the unique writing style of Yoon. To be honest, I love this book better than her debut. The plot reminds me of some of the usual stories in movies with 24 hour romances, only this one’s a bit better since they didn’t only meet once.
Overall, I really loved every aspect of the book. The pacing is constant, and climactic at times which suits the progress of the story. I did set a high expectation for the book and I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed. I definitely recommend this book to everyone out there who believes in love.
Sweet Serendipity – Lee DeWyze
Karaoke – Smallpools
Take A Chance on Me – ABBA
Fell On Black Days – Soundgarden
Everyone’s Got Something – Perrin Lamb
Fallingforyou – The 1975
Science & Faith – The Script
Hope you enjoy this little playlist I made for the book!