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*Small spoiler* While I think many individuals are noting that this appears to have the predictable ending, I would argue that it does NOT -- this was just pointed out to me by one of my sharp-eyed students (I'm a high school English teacher and I always pass my books along). A careful reader might note the subtitles below each chapter title -- and therefore, the Epilogue - and perhaps even the last chapter prior to that - should not be considered a part of the novel's primary plot. The last true chapter reflects an individual favoring Natasha's initial perspective, somewhat cynical and very factual based while the Epilogue *<insert other character's name to avoid any spoiler> an Alternate History favors a reader with a more romantic perspective, like Daniel's primary worldview. However, the fact that the Epilogue is subtitled an Alternate History kind of implies that it didn't actually happen. In which case, my heart broke for other reasons not related to Natasha or Daniel. Overall, I just thoroughly enjoyed this book as it definitely strays from the YA predictable norm, in my humble opinion.
Like Everything, Everything, this novel centers on the two young people of far different backgrounds and cultures, who fall in love. Natasha is from Jamaica originally, and Daniel is Korean, but born in America. They meet because of what someone might consider 'bad luck', but if fate is at work, as Daniel believes, then everything is a set up because they were meant to fall in love. Natasha relies on science and doesn't believe in love, expect as a chemical reaction. Her father's dream of becoming a great actor has shown her the folly of following your dream, so she follows numbers and decides to be a data specialist, at until her father comes home with a DUI and an order to leave the country he's been staying in illegally for the past nine years. Desperate to stay, Natasha is offered the help of a lawyer, and while on her way to meet with him, she has a series of events that lead her to Daniel, who is also at a crossroads in his life. If he doesn't go to Yale and become a doctor, his parents will cut him off.
I love the way Yoon gives a snippets of the people who influence the two lovers lives, helping them to find their fate and meet. Yoon even gives us short definitions of Fate, and how our eyes work, when Daniel suggests that he and Natasha stare into each other's in order to fall in love scientifically.
Beautifully written, this novel touched my heart and made me feel like magic is still working in our world, even if it's hard to see sometimes.
This novel moves between two narrators: Daniel and Natasha. Daniel is a Korean immigrant who is struggling with his parents' expectations that he go to Yale and become a doctor. Natasha and her family are illegals being deported to Jamaica immediately unless they can find some last minute assistance to allow them to remain in the United States.
These two teenagers meet and have only a day together, yet both fall in love. I wanted Natasha and Daniel to have a happily ever after, for Daniel to be able to forge his own path, for Natasha's family to be allowed to remain in the United States.
This book was a very quick read, but in some ways I feel like the short chapters and speed of the story prevented me from being totally invested in Natasha and Daniel. Yoon's ending is also a bit unbelievable, which may bother some readers, but which I enjoyed a lot.
This is a good second novel from a talented author. I had such high expectations after Everything Everything, I'm not sure anything could live up that for me.
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