Almost any book that makes me cry gets 5 stars and this book was no exception. Normally I hate to give books a full 5 stars because there is almost always something that can be improved, but this book was just plain amazing. I read it for three hours straight until 1 am and I am just so happy that I didn’t finish the book during school. This book was so highly recommended by just about everyone that I had to give it a chance and I am so so happy that I finally picked up my own copy because wow this book. Now I am happily joining the masses when I say, “read this book, you’ll regret it if you don’t.”
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?
This book gave me a whirlwind of emotions and I was so in love with the feelings it gave me that I didn’t realize how late it had gotten. Out of the 2 Nicola Yoon books that I’ve read, this is definitely my favorite. While both books pull at the reader’s heartstrings and emotions, this book just appealed to me more.
I have never read a book with such a unique writing style and it was so refreshing. I’m a sucker for science and astronomy facts so having a page or two with just interesting facts was such a nice change of pace. I also loved getting to hear about the background characters and how certain events changed their lives as well as Natasha’s and Daniel’s. The writing style for this book was just fantastic and I wish more books were written in a similar way.
The two main characters, Natasha and Daniel, are definitely relatable and not your average YA main characters. They both have family problems and they are both immigrants that have tense living situations. I, personally, have no faults with either main character. Sure you can argue that Natasha is a little bit stiff but I honestly believe that is just her personality. Daniel is the sweetest kid and there isn’t a bad quality worth pointing out in this review.
I’m going to talk about the ending now so it may have spoilers
Read at your own risk !
So the ending. I guess I did technically see it coming but that did not diminish the fact that it still broke my heart. At least the author decided against writing the scene where they said goodbye at the airport because that would have killed me. The only thing that bugs me about the end of the epilogue is that there isn’t an epilogue for the first epilogue. I say this because I need more. Do they get back together after those long 10 years? Does he still think the pink tips looks nice? Do they get married on the beach? Do they have two kids or no kids? These are all very important questions that I wish had been answered but I guess the ending is just more open ended then I tend to like. This is honestly my only issue with the book.