‘This is the life you’re living. It’s not temporary and it’s not pretend and there’s no do-over’
I’m not sure if I expected too much from this book (I loved everything, everything) or if I just don’t like the ‘insta-love’
This review will not be spoiler free, so please do not continue to read if you have not finished the book!
So, we meet Natasha and Daniel. Natasha, believes in science and facts. She is being deported back to Jamaica when she meets Daniel. Daniel, is the dreamer, he loves poetry and he believes in love and fate and destiny. He is on his way to an interview for Yale, which he isn’t sure he wants when he meets Natasha.
This whole story takes part in 1 day.
Natasha is an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica and has been living in America since she was 8. Daniel is a first generation Korean American. I really liked how Nicola dealt with this and how each person deals with their issues differently. For example, Natasha dad wanted to be an actor and live the ‘American dream’ but he believes his family held him back. The reason Natasha’s family are being deported is because her father got a DUI and mentioned to the police that they were undocumented. However, Daniel loves all things Korean, unlike his brother Charlie who resents Daniel for this. Daniel also struggles throughout the book with dealing with his parents expectations.
Throughout the day, Daniel tries a love questionnaire on Natasha, the theory is that once you both answer every question, you will fall in love. Whilst Natasha does not believe this will happen.. it does!
I also loved the different point of views Nicola brought to the book. Not just Natasha and Daniel, but Samuel, the Attorney, his assistant and Irene. Throughout this whole book, all I kept thinking was, what happened to Irene?! Did she get the message? Did she commit suicide?!
Thankfully we found out! Irene got the message, and it saved her life. I honestly cried at this part. The fact that one little message saved someones life the feels! This saved the book for me. I also liked that Natasha did get deported. I am not a massive fan of Insta-love, so the ending made it bit more bearable. They got torn apart, and then drifted apart over the years. This made the book feel more real. Although they do find each other again, years later, on a plane, where Irene is the air hostess!
Anyway.. whilst I only gave this book 4 stars, (insta-loved knocked it down from 5) I really did enjoy this book. Nicola Yoon writes so beautifully, she quite clearly researches what she is writing about and it shows with the little quotes here and there throughout the book.
‘The poetic heart is not to be trusted. It is fickle and will lead you astray. It will tell you that all you need is love and dreams. It will say nothing about food and water and shelter and money. It will tell you that this person, the one in front of you, the one who caught your eye for whatever reason, is the One. And he is. And she is. The One – for right now until his heart or her heart decides on someone else or something else’
Did you guys enjoy this book? Let me know what you thought!