Overall Rating: liked it 🌟
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?
So, I’m going to be totally honest – I bought this book because I saw the movie preview and thought “Oh my God! I need to read this book”. (Also, the cover art might have also had something to do with it.)
The premise of this novel is so strong and so relevant to today’s events that it’s no wonder so many people love it. A young girl growing up in America, the only country she’s ever known, falls in love with a stranger from a different background hours before she’s about to be deported. The clashing and melding of cultures and the familial resistance to the relationships that force this mixing are facets so many Americans, myself included, can relate to. The story mostly takes place over a 12-hour time period and ends in a satisfying, yet mildly predictable love story conclusion.
Now, this is a personal thing but I need to just come to terms with the fact that romance just isn’t my genre. I don’t know if it’s the predictability of it or the sappiness or maybe it’s just my own deep rooted resistance to feelings. (I generally avoid any books / shows that I know will make me cry) But the depth and underlying themes of this story were so strong that I’m giving this book a ‘liked it’. If you’re a fan of romance novels it’s safe to say you will love this book.
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