Rating: 3 Stars
Natasha and Daniel both experience a day in New York City, each entirely different from the others, despite sharing the time with one another. Daniel is an American born Korean struggling with what he wants his future to look like, as he counts down the hours to his Yale interview. Meanwhile, Natasha is Jamaican born and living illegally in America and spends her day frantically trying to repair the damage her father has caused to stop their deportation from happening – despite the fact that it is set to take place at 10:00 pm that night.
While she’s waiting to hear back from her lawyer about the status of her life, she meets Daniel who couldn’t be more different from her. Natasha is a science buff and a love skeptic – Daniel is a poet and romantic and decides he can make Natasha believe in love if she gives him just one day to do it. So the two set off on an adventure the very day Natasha is set to fly back home (something Natasha doesn’t tell Daniel right away).
This book was adorable. It was heavy in places it needed to be and light and beautiful in other places. It’s even maybe believable that the two could fall in love with each other in less than 24 hours, since they’re teenagers and if there’s one thing most teenagers are good at in books is falling in love the second they meet.
The dynamic between the two as they race all over the city to attend to Natasha’s mysterious meetings and Daniel’s attempts to prove love to her, is light and fluffy and cute – which is what I always demand of a YA Romance novel. But I think what makes this book even more unique is the storytelling itself. Most chapters alternate between Daniel and Natasha’s points of view but every now and then we get a short chapter and quick glance into the lives that go unnoticed around them. And each random, short moment comes together at the end, tying each person to one another’s story and that’s where this book really sets itself apart from the hundreds of other YA Romances on the shelves. It’s a beautiful reminder that all lives intersect and impact each other, no matter how small and insignificant it might seem at the time.
It was really wonderfully written and I loved the role reversal. It’s too cliché to have the girl be the romantic poet and the boy be the one who doesn’t believe in love but this time, we get a taste of what a lovesick boy looks like as he tries to break through Natasha’s scientific explanations of love and life as he tries to win her over.
Certainly worth the read.
Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are simply my own honest ones and I have not been asked to write this review. Not everyone may agree with my thoughts and that’s okay! I hope you enjoy reading about mine.