Today’s read was such a lovely, fantastic story that captured my heart.
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (November 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553496689
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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?
Tawney’s Review: I loved the concept of this story because it all takes place in one day. We follow Daniel and Natasha for 1 day through their point of view. Daniel doesn’t want to become a doctor like his Korean parents want him to be and he struggles to find his place. Natasha has her own struggles too as her and her family are being deported back to Jamaica unless a miracle happens.
I loved the chemistry between Daniel and Natasha. From the first time Daniel laid eyes on Natasha he is instantly hit with love. It does take time, even though it is a day, for Natasha to reciprocate the feelings. Yoon does a wonderful job weaving between two diverse characters. She does a wonderful job at laying out the characters lives and family with the interactions of strangers who actually became part of the story.
This story was beautiful and poetic. Yoon created wonderful characters who were flawed, intelligent and independent. I ran through so many different emotions while reading this story from love, sadness, happiness… it was like a wrecking ball of emotions jamming it’s way to my heart. Yoon’s writing flowed and the pace was fast to the point I read this book in one sitting. The discussion both Natasha and Daniel have with each other about family, science, faith and so much more was realistic. It was easy to invest your time in these characters and hope that the ending for them would be perfect, which it was.
Should you read it? Yes! A beautiful story with wonderful characters that grasp your heart and make you root for them until the end.
About the Author:
- I believe in love. Really, truly.
- I’m kind of a hopeless romantic.
- I’m a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team.
- In a former life I made jewelry. You can see some of it here.
- I love Karoake, but I cannot sing. I. Am. The. Worst. My song of choice is “Making Love out of Nothing at all” by Air Supply, because AIR SUPPLY.
- My husband makes custom notebooks. They are pretty popular.
- I hand write my first drafts.
- I keep all the empty pens.
- I was (am and always will be) a late bloomer.
- In a former life I was French. I could live entirely on wine & cheese.
- Or maybe Korean because I could live on Kimchi & Galbi too.