Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Length: 348 pages
Description from Goodreads:
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?
When I read Nicola Yoon’s Everything Everything, I completely fell in love with her writing style. I immediately picked up her next book, hoping to love it just as much.
I was not disappointed.
I loved both of the characters in this book. They were both so unique, but also had some shared experiences in terms of strained family relationships and expectations put on them. While I’m not typically a fan of the “fall in love in one day” trope, I thought it was well done in this story.
And the fact that the two main characters in the book are an immigrant and first-generation American made it all the more emotional, given all of the bad things that are going on in my country right now in regards to immigrants. I wish every racist old person would read this book (and the countless other amazing diverse books out there right now).
I loved that this book takes place over the course of one day. It felt very in the moment and realistic to me.
I also loved that there were short point of view chapters from minor side characters every so often. It added so many dimensions to an otherwise kind of bland character, and serves as a reminder that no matter what you see of a person on the outside, you don’t know what’s going on in their mind or what struggles they may be facing in their life.
This book focuses heavily on the idea that so many little things have to line up perfectly in order for a particular event to happen. There were so many minute little changes from the character’s normal routines that had to happen in order for them to meet. There’s also the question of whether fate exists or if everything that happens is just a coincidence, and some coincidences end up being major ones and others not so much.
I’m very against pressuring authors to write more books (like entitled fans bully GRRM or Pat Rothfuss to write the next books in their series faster), but Nicola Yoon, PLEASE, I NEED MORE CONTENT FROM YOU.