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 was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - What a wonderful, diverse story from Nicola Yoon! I haven't read Everything Everything yet, I will be reading it soon, so this is the first book I have read from Nicola and I just adored it so much. I cannot wait to see what Nicola writes next as she has a wonderful way of telling stories, important stories, that everyone should give this book a read.
In this book we follow Natasha. Natasha moved to America from Jamaica when she was little with her mother. Her father was already in America as he wanted to become famous and wanted to provide for his family sadly, his plans didn't work out that well and after an incident they receive a letter letting them know that they are getting deported back to Jamaica as Natasha and her family are illegal immigrants. She only has a day to try and convince a lawyer to help her stop them from getting her family deported. She is only 17 and is ready for collage and wants to study Science and all that is about to be taken away from her.
Daniel's family moved from Korea before he was born. His older brother Charlie has came back from Harvard and they don't have the best relationship. His family want Daniel to go to Yale to be a doctor but, he wants to study poetry. On his way to his interview he see's a girl and he's intrigued.
Natasha and Daniel spend 12 hours together that day. She is still trying to sort out her family's problems and Daniel is trying to figure out how to cope with his brother and how to tell his family he doesn't want to go to Yale. They spend 12 hours together, 12 hours of them getting to know each other and maybe, just maybe, fall in love?
But some stories don't have happy endings and I just can't cope with how beautiful this story was and I was so happy with the ending.
I really liked how between the chapters on Daniel and Natasha we had some chapters telling us the background and futures of other characters we meet in the book and about certain events that have happened or are going to happen and these parts where so interesting and I loved how some of the events linked with other events.
Nicola has written such a wonderful story on love and loss. How a young girl has to deal with getting deported and falling for a boy whose family treat her differently just because the colour of her skin. They both have many things to deal with and Nicola has written a fantastic story of how two diverse characters come together and are able to live in this world and I just can't wait to read more from Nicola.
A beautiful, heartbreaking story that is definitely one of my favourite YA books of 2016.