Natasha is a girl in love with science, and only science. She doesn’t believe in love or luck, and she knows it wasn’t fate that is causing her to get deported back to Jamaica. Then Natasha meets Daniel, a poet and a dreamer, but a boy who will never be good enough for his family. Over the course of a day, they run wild together in Urban New York, teaching each other that science and love have a lot in common.
This is my new favorite book of all times, and that’s saying something. The way Nicola Yoon writes just captivates you, and draws you in. There is enough figurative language and imagery to drag you into the story, but not so much that you feel like your reading some terrible book for English class. The plot was unpredictable, and I didn’t see the ending coming, much like Yoon’s other book, Everything Everything. I thought the book taught a lesson about seeing things from other people’s points of view, and giving people the benefit of the doubt. Over all, it is a beautifully written book with a great plot, and I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loves young adult realistic fiction.
One thing that is very memorable is that the book gives you short snap shots into other people’s lives, without making them the main focus of the book. While I have seen this type of format before, I have never seen it so spectacularly done as in this book. It really does give extra meaning to the book and teaches you about seeing things from a different perspective.
Reviewed by Lily, Grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library