Natasha’s getting deported tonight. Daniel’s pretty sure that fate has brought them together. Natasha doesn’t believe in anything as flimsy as fate. Daniel’s not in love, but he’s definitely getting there.
This was such a quick read. The story takes place over one whirlwind day in New York City, and it was so easy to just fly through. I read it in one sitting. Natasha and Daniel were so different, and they complemented each other so well. There were several vignettes throughout the book that focused on the little side characters that Natasha and Daniel interacted with throughout the day, and it broke up the pacing really well.
This book dealt with some very difficult and heavy subject matter – suicide, illegal immigration, regrets, teen sex, racism – and I felt like it was all dealt with very well. Nicola Yoon managed to deal with real problems that people face every day, problems that are difficult and grey and massive, and she didn’t write them off. She gave them their due, and then moved on when she needed to. It gave this story that could have been very light and fluffy some much needed heft.
I really enjoyed this book. While it was not a life-changing book, nor was it particularly stunning in any way, it was well worth the read. Nicola Yoon has a delightful voice, and Natasha and Daniel’s story is one that will stick with me for quite some time.